Vice President-elect Kamala Harris officially resigned from her Senate seat on Monday, ending her four-year term in the upper house of the US Congress.
Her resignation from the Senate came two days before her swearing in on Wednesday along with President-elect Joe Biden, making history as the first female, first Black and first South-Asian American vice president of the US.
Harris, a Democrat, has formally submitted her letter of resignation to California Governor Gavin Newsom.
“I hereby resign as Senator from the State of California, effective January 18, 2021 at 12 pm,” she wrote.
Kamala Harris won her seat in November 2016 and was sworn in on January 2017. At the time, Harris was California’s attorney general.
Newsom has already named Alex Padilla, California’s secretary of state, to fill Harris’ seat.
The incoming vice president has spoken to Alex Padilla before he comes into office, said sources. Harris made history throughout her career, becoming the first Black woman in California to serve as a senator.
In her November victory speech, she recognised the hard battle women faced to exercise their civic rights and break into the upper echelon of American politics.
“While I may be the first woman in this office, I will not be the last,” Harris had said. “Because every little girl watching tonight sees that this is a country of possibilities,” she added.
Now, Harris will preside over the same chamber that she is stepping down from, becoming president of the 100-member Senate.