CFT President Jeff Freitas Congratulates Alex Padilla on Appointment to US Senate

News Release

California Federation of Teachers
For Immediate Release
Contact: Matthew Hardy, 510-703-5291

SACRAMENTO, CA – Today CFT issued the following statement from President Jeff Freitas on Governor Gavin Newsom’s announcement that he will appoint Alex Padilla to replace Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris in the United States Senate:

“California’s educators and classified professionals applaud the appointment of California’s first Latino U.S. Senator. As a city councilmember, state legislator, and most recently as Secretary of State, Padilla has been a tireless advocate for California’s workers and communities of color, groups that have long been underrepresented in the halls of Congress. Padilla has shown great strength leading California’s elections office through this year’s unprecedented COVID crisis and his voice will be invaluable in the Senate.” 


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