There's a long way to go before California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) has to seriously contemplate filling Sen. Kamala Harris' (D-Calif.) seat in the upper chamber. After all, the presumptive Democratic vice presidential nominee, who was selected Tuesday as former Vice President Joe Biden's running mate, will need to be part of a victory in November's general election before her Senate seat actually opens. But that hasn't stopped some speculation about who could replace her.
One of the candidates people are talking about is Harris' fellow vice presidential contender, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), who has also been touted as a potential replacement for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) one day. Bass appears to have been seriously considered for the Biden ticket, but it seems unlikely that was her last chance to move into an even more prominent role.
Agree. If Sen. Harris gets VP, Bass is going to be a top contender for the post even though she and Newsom aren't close. And if/when Pelosi steps down, Bass will have one of the strongest cases to make on legislative experience, given her role as speaker in the Assembly. https://t.co/NvqvGZFWv4
A few other names have been floated as possible Harris replacements, including Bass' colleagues in the House, Reps. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) and Katie Porter (D-Calif.). Tim O'Donnell
Who replaces HARRIS? Reps. Barbara Lee of Oakland, Katie Porter of Irvine, Karen Bass of Los Angeles, Secretary of State Alex Padilla, Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia all being talked about https://t.co/y46oABps8I Smart @johnmyers