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January 4, 2019


California Secretary of State Alex Padilla to take Oath of Office for Second Term on January 7 

Sacramento, CA – Alex Padilla will take the oath of office for his second term as California Secretary of State on January 7, 2019 at 3:30 pm in the Secretary of State Headquarters in Sacramento. Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court Tani Cantil-Sakauye will administer the oath. Padilla will make remarks after taking the oath of office. The swearing-in ceremony will be livestreamed at:

Padilla was re-elected in November with 64.5% of the vote. He received 7,909,521 votes—the most votes any Latino has received in a statewide election in US History.

Padilla is the 31st California Secretary of State and first Latino to serve in the position in state history. His first term was marked by the passage and implementation of landmark election reforms such as the California Voter’s Choice Act, California Motor Voter, and online Pre-Registration for 16- and 17-year olds as well as the launch of bizfile California (online business filings and record search), digitization initiatives for the State Archives, and beginning the replacement of Cal-Access, the state campaign finance website.

Padilla is a native of Pacoima, CA. After attending Los Angeles public schools, Padilla attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), graduating with a degree in mechanical engineering. Elected to the Los Angeles City Council at age 26, Padilla was soon elected by his peers two years later as Council President, the first Latino and the youngest person ever to serve in that capacity. He then served in the California State Senate from 2006 to 2014. Padilla, 45, lives with his wife Angela and their three sons in the San Fernando Valley.

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California Secretary of State Alex Padilla
Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court Tani Cantil-Sakauye


Monday, January 7, 2019
3:30 p.m.


California Secretary of State Office
First Floor Auditorium
1500 11th Street
Sacramento, CA 95814


Sam Mahood or Jesse Melgar, (916) 653-6575


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