Alejandro “Alex” Padilla is an American politician who is currently the junior United States senator from California since 2021. Padilla was also the 32nd secretary of state of California from 2015 to 2021 as a member of the Democratic Party. He was appointed as a senator by Governor Gavin Newsom after Kamala Harris was elected Vice President of the United States. Kamala was then the senator of California. In the November special elections, Padilla beat Republican opponent Mark Meuser to resume his full term as senator. Alex Padilla became the first Mexican American and Hispanic senator in California. Other than this, he is also the first male senator from California since Alan Cranston left office in 1993. As per different sources, Alex Padilla net worth 2023 is somewhere around $8 million. Let us check out more about his net worth and other important details about the politician.
Alex Padilla Net Worth 2023
|Net worth (2023)||$8 million (est.)|
|Average salary||$377,231 (est.)|
Alex Padilla Biography
Alex was born on March 22, 1973 in Los Angeles to Santos and Lupe Padilla. Both of his parents immigrated from Mexico and met and married in Los Angeles. Padilla grew up in Pacoima, LA and graduated from San Fernando High School. He has got a degree in mechanical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1994 and graduated from the Coro Fellows Southern California Program in 1995. He has two other siblings. In 2012, Padilla married Angela Monzon and together the couple has three sons. Padilla and his family currently live in the Porter Ranch neighborhood in the San Fernando Valley.
|Date of birth||March 22, 1973|
|Spouse||Angela Monzon (2012 – present)|
|Number of children||3|
|Senator from||California, U.S.|
|Preceded by||Kamala Harris|
|Serving with||Dianne Feinstein|
|Education||Massachusetts Institute of Technology (BS)|
|Parents||Lupe Padilla (mother) Santos Padilla (father)|
Alex Padilla Early Career
Alex Padilla is currently the United States Senator from California serving alongside Dianne Feinstein. He had assumed office on January 20, 2021. Check out here a brief of his career as a politician. Check Richest Politicians in the world
After completing graduation, Padilla started working as an engineer for Hughes Aircraft. His political career began when he became a member of the Democratic Party in 1995. His decision was in response to the California Proposition 187 that excluded illegal immigrants from all non-emergency public services, including public education. Motivated by a feeling to demonize legal and illegal immigrants alike, Alex joined politics.
In 1999, Padilla was sworn in as a member of the Los Angeles City Council at the age of only 26 years. He was elected as council president in 2001. With this, Padilla became the first Latino and the youngest person elected president of the Los Angeles City Council. The same year he also served as the acting mayor of Los Angeles for a couple after the 9/11 attacks.
Padilla later retired as the president of the Los Angeles City Council and was elected to the State Senate in 2006, defeating Libertarian Pamela Brown. In 2013, he announced his intention to run for California secretary of state in 2014. Padilla won the election with 53.6% of the vote, defeating Republican Pete Peterson, to succeed the term-limited Debra Bowen. In 2018, Padilla was reelected with 64.5% of the vote, defeating Republican Mark P. Meuser.
Alex Padilla- Senator of California
In August 2020, California Senator Kamala Harris was selected as the running mate of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. Biden won the election and Kamala was appointed as the Vice-President of the US. Padilla was mentioned as a possible choice as a Senator to succeed Harris. In December 2020, Newsom appointed Padilla to the seat, making him California’s first Hispanic senator and the first male U.S. senator from California since Alan Cranston retired in 1993.
Padilla & Elections
In 2022, Padilla announced that he will seek a full term and appeared on two ballots. One was for the special election to fill the remainder of his term in the 117th Congress, and the other for the new term beginning with the 118th Congress. The special election had to be held due to a modern change in California law where Padilla’s appointment ended in November 2022. The California law limits the amount of time a candidate can be appointed to the Senate. So, the first election held for Padilla to complete the remaining two months of the current Senate term and one for the six-year term beginning in January 2023. Padilla has already won the first election and is appointed on the Senate to complete his remaining term.