California Governor Gavin Newsom has announced Laphonza Butler as the appointee to fill the late Senator Dianne Feinstein’s Senate seat.

Laphonza Butler's selection makes her the third Black female senator in U.S. history and the sole one currently serving in Congress.

Historic Appointment

Laphonza Butler currently serves as the President of EMILY’s List, an organization dedicated to electing Democratic women who support abortion rights.

EMILY’s List President

Senator Dianne Feinstein, the longest-serving female senator in U.S. history, passed away at 90, leaving a significant legacy.

Butler's career spans various roles, from advising Vice President Kamala Harris’ 2020 campaign to her background in the labor movement.

Broad Background