Senator Bradford issues statement on the selection of Laphonza Butler to fill the late U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein’s seat

October 02, 2023

SACRAMENTO – Senator Steven Bradford (D-Gardena) issued the following statement on the selection of Laphonza Butler to fill the seat of the late U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein:

"I offer my congratulations to Laphonza Butler. I have no doubt she will capably serve the people of California with honor. Over the course of her career, she has distinguished herself as a values-driven leader who has dedicated herself to advancing the rights of women and workers.  For more than a decade, I have had the privilege of working with her and I know that, during her tenure, she will be a strong voice who will bring a valuable and needed perspective to our nation’s most important policy matters.

"I appreciate Governor Newsom for keeping his pledge to appoint a Black woman to this important seat, however, I am disappointed that Representative Barbara Lee was not selected. During her decades of elected service in Congress, Barbara Lee has been a leader who is simply unmatched in her values, vision and lived experiences." 


Senator Bradford is Vice Chair of the California Legislative Black Caucus, Chair of the Senate Committee on Energy, Utilities and Communications, and represents the Los Angeles County communities of Carson, Compton, Gardena, Harbor City, Hawthorne, Inglewood, Lawndale, Lennox, San Pedro, Torrance, Watts, Willowbrook, and Wilmington.