Secretary of State Alex Padilla is tapped by Gov. Gavin Newsom to fill California's soon-to-be-vacant U.S. Senate seat. Scott and Marisa discuss the pick with KPCC senior politics reporter Libby Denkmann. Then, we revisit Padilla's appearance on Political Breakdown earlier this year, when he talked about his childhood in Pacoima, his early pursuit of a career in rocket science and how he ended up as mayor of Los Angeles on Sept. 11, 2001.
Political Breakdown Special: Alex Padilla Is California's Next US Senator
California secretary of state Alex Padilla speaks during a news conference at Uber headquarters on May 24, 2018 in San Francisco, California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)