Alex Padilla


Alex Padilla

California - Sen - D


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Alejandro (Alex) Padilla, a Senator from California, was born in Panorama City on March 22, 1973 before graduating from San Fernando High School in 1990. He earned his B.S. in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1994. A mechanical engineer, he was an aide to California Senator Dianne Feinstein, a political campaign manager and a staff member for California State assemblyman Tony Cardenas. Padilla served as a member of the Los Angeles city council from 1999-2006, as president of the city council from 2001-2006 and later as a member of the California state senate from 2006-2014. He was elected as California secretary of state from 2015-2021 before being appointed as a Democrat to the United States Senate on January 18, 2021, to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Kamala D. Harris, and took the oath of office on January 20, 2021.

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  • Provides funding, establishes programs, and otherwise modifies provisions relating to a broad array of areas, including education, labor, child care, health care, taxes, immigration, and the environment. (The bill is commonly referred to as the Build Back Better Act.) For...

  • Authorizes Department of Defense (DOD) activities for FY2023 and addresses other issues. For example, the bill authorizes the procurement of various items, including destroyers and aircraft; modifies inventory requirements for various Air Force programs; authorizes DOD to furnish electric vehicle...

  • Authorizes FY2022 appropriations for military activities and programs of the Department of Defense (e.g., personnel; research, development, test, and evaluation; and procurement of items such as aircraft, missiles, and ammunition). It also prescribes military personnel strengths for FY2022.

  • Reauthorizes through FY2028 and expands programs under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). The bill also revises workforce investment, vocational rehabilitation, employment, training, and literacy programs for eligible individuals. For example, the bill increases workforce representation on...

  • Reauthorizes the National Science Foundation (NSF) through FY2026 and authorizes programs and activities at the NSF. The bill establishes requirements for the NSF, including to enter into a contract with the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine to...

  • Provides FY2023 appropriations for several federal departments and agencies. It includes 6 of the 12 regular FY2023 appropriations bills: the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2023; the Ag...



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