April 22, 2014
Contact: Rose Kapolczynski, 213-820-6930

Senator Dianne Feinstein Endorses Alex Padilla for Secretary of State 

LOS ANGELES – The Alex Padilla for Secretary of State campaign today announced the endorsement of California’s senior US Senator, Dianne Feinstein.

Senator Feinstein said: "I'm proud to endorse my friend Alex Padilla for Secretary of State. I've known Alex since he served as one of my aides nearly 20 years ago.  Alex Padilla has the energy, the smarts, and work ethic to be a terrific Secretary of State."

Alex Padilla responded to Senator Feinstein’s endorsement: “I am truly humbled today to earn the support of Senator Dianne Feinstein, one of California’s great champions and Democratic voices.  As Secretary of State, I will be a vocal, visible leader working everyday to register new voters, make voting easier and more accessible and modernizing government to make it easier to create jobs and grow California’s economy.” 

Padilla served as an aide to Senator Feinstein from 1996-1997.  With Senator Feinstein’s endorsement, Alex Padilla distinguished himself as the only candidate for Secretary of State with support from multiple statewide elected Democratic officials.  In addition to Sen. Feinstein, Padilla is endorsed by Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom, Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson and former Governor Gray Davis.  

Padilla has also built deep support from throughout California's congressional delegation, with endorsements from Congressmembers Karen Bass, Ami Bera, Xavier Becerra, Julia Brownley, Jim Costa, Tony Cardenas, John Garamendi, Sam Farr, Janice Hahn, Alan Lowenthal, Lucille Roybal-Allard, Scott Peters, Raul Ruiz, Adam Schiff, Jackie Speier, Juan Vargas and Maxine Waters.

To learn more about Senator Padilla and his campaign for Secretary of State, please visit his website at: or follow him on Facebook or Twitter.

State Senator Alex Padilla was first elected to the State Senate in 2006 and represents more than 1.1 million residents in the 20th District, which includes most of the San Fernando Valley in the County of Los Angeles.   Winning a seat on the Los Angeles City Council in 1999, Alex was later elected by his peers as President, becoming the first Latino and youngest member ever to serve as President of the Council.  He graduated from MIT with a Mechanical Engineering degree and now serves on the MIT Board of Trustees.  Alex serves as Chair of the Senate Energy, Utilities and Communications Committee and is currently President of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials. He lives in the San Fernando Valley with his wife Angela and their two young sons.


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