The person appointed by California Governor Gavin Newsom to replace the seat left vacant by the passing of Senator Dianne Feinstein will have the opportunity to seek election to a full term in 2024. The tenure of Senator Feinstein was to expire in 2024, and at first, Governor Newsom gave the impression that he was just seeking for someone to fill an interim vacancy. On the other hand, his office has verified that there will not be a prerequisite that the replacement senator only serve in the Senate for a short period of time.
At the time of her passing, Feinstein had reached the age of 90, and she had previously said that she had no intention of seeking reelection in 2024. A number of prospective candidates, including as Representatives Barbara Lee, Adam Schiff, and Katie Porter, had shown interest in taking her place in the position. After previously indicating that the appointment will serve in an interim capacity, Newsom has subsequently revised his position to say that the position will be permanent.
Rep. Barbara Lee, a six-term congresswoman, is the only Black woman who is now in the race for the seat. Newsom had previously pledged to nominating a Black woman to the position, and she is currently the only Black woman in the running. Her campaign for the Senate has received endorsements from 19 members of the Democratic caucus in the House of Representatives, and she has the support of the Congressional Black Caucus.
In the following days, around one week after Feinstein’s demise, it is anticipated that the appointment will be made. Greater flexibility is afforded as a result of the choice to let the appointee run for a full term, which has the potential to alter the nature of the contest for the Senate seat in California in 2024.