“We congratulate Laphonza Butler on her Senate appointment and look forward to the work she will accomplish as the first LGBTQ+ person to represent California and the only Black woman in the chamber,” said NAACP California Hawaii State President Rick L. Callender. “We commend Gov. Newsom for addressing Senate representation gaps and eagerly support our future Senator in her congressional journey.”
On Friday, NAACP leaders sent a letter to Governor Newsom, urging him to fulfill his promise to appoint a Black woman to fill Senator Feinstein’s seat. The full letter can be found here.