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Gov. Gavin Newsom greets a poll worker on election day. Courtesy of the governor’s business

By Laurel Rosenhall

In a weird and tumultuous yr, 2020 sent this paradox for Gov. Gavin Newsom: As Californians endured great struggling amid devastating wildfires and a lethal pandemic, their governor amassed an unusual trove of ability to shape Democratic politics for a long time to come.

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Newsom stuffed two important positions Tuesday — naming Secretary of Condition Alex Padilla to the U.S. Senate seat held by Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, and tapping Assembly member Shirley Weber to swap Padilla as California’s top elections formal. The governor will possible fill a person a lot more elected business early up coming year, naming an legal professional standard to substitute Xavier Becerra, whom President-elect Joe Biden has nominated to his cabinet.