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Laphonza Butler CA Senator
Press Statement October 2, 2023

NAACP Celebrates Appointment of Laphonza Butler to Represent California In United States Senate

Laphonza Butler CA Senator


OCTOBER 2, 2023 

Contact: Alicia Mercedes,

WASHINGTON - Yesterday, California Governor Gavin Newsom announced that he would appoint EMILYs List President Laphonza Butler to fill the Senate vacancy created by the passing of Senator Feinstein. Butler will be the first Black, openly LGBTQ+ Senator and the only Black woman serving in the nation's highest legislative body. 

NAACP President & CEO Derrick Johnson released the following statement congratulating Butler and commending Newsom: 

"The NAACP is proud to congratulate Laphonza Butler on her well deserved appointment to serve as the first Black, openly LGBTQ+ Senator. It is only right that a Black woman who has paved the way for countless others to lead is now given an opportunity to lead herself. The NAACP commends Governor Newsom for taking steps to fill the gaps in representation that currently exist within our Senate. We look forward to supporting the future Senator as she makes strides in the halls of Congress. One thing is clear - Black women are supreme."

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.


About NAACP 

The NAACP advocates, agitates, and litigates for the civil rights due to Black America. Our legacy is built on the foundation of grassroots activism by the biggest civil rights pioneers of the 20th century and is sustained by 21st century activists. From classrooms and courtrooms to city halls and Congress, our network of members across the country works to secure the social and political power that will end race-based discrimination. That work is rooted in racial equity, civic engagement, and supportive policies and institutions for all marginalized people. We are committed to a world without racism where Black people enjoy equitable opportunities in thriving communities.


NOTE: The Legal Defense Fund – also referred to as the NAACP-LDF - was founded in 1940 as a part of the NAACP, but now operates as a completely separate entity.


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