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Shirley Weber Was Just Confirmed To Become California’s First Black Secretary of State

By Arianna Gary

Shirley Weber Was Just Confirmed To Become California’s First Black Secretary of State

The CA State Senate confirmed Weber in a unanimous vote.

It’s official! State Assemblywoman Shirley Weber will be California’s next Secretary of State, taking over the role previously filled by Alex Padilla. Weber was confirmed by the State Senate on Thursday, January 28 in a unanimous 29-0 floor vote, making her the first Black woman to hold the position in California’s history.

Weber has served Californians in countless ways over the course of her career. She previously served the state’s 79th Assembly District, an office she has held since first being elected in 2012. Weber has headed the California Legislative Black Caucus and served on several other committees, boards and councils in the community.

She has also served as president of the San Diego Board of Education and co-founded the Department of Africana Studies at San Diego State University, where she taught for more than 40 years.

Throughout her career, Weber has been known for her advocacy of civil rights and voting rights. “Dr. Weber is a tireless advocate and change agent with unimpeachable integrity,” said the Governor’s Office in a tweet. “She will be at the helm of our elections as our next Secretary of State, the first African American to be California’s Chief Elections Officer.”

An official date for Weber’s swearing in ceremony has not yet been announced.

See also: California Native Kamala Harris Is Now Officially The First Black, South Asian Woman Vice President

[Featured image: Office of Assembly Member Shirley N. Weber]