Jan, 19th 2021 – Vice President-elect Kamala Harris has submitted a letter of resignation for her US Senate seat ahead of the January 20th inauguration.
In a letter to Californians, Kamala said, “Serving as your senator has been an honor, And this is not goodbye. Today, as I resign from the Senate, I am preparing to take an oath that would have me preside over it.”
“Thus, as I leave the United States Senate, this is not goodbye. This is hello,” she added.
Kamala was first elected to the Senate in 2016 when President Donald Trump won the Presidency. she will be replaced by the Secretary of State of California, Alex Padilla. He was appointed by California Governor Gavin Newsom.
In the letter, she added that the resignation was not a goodbye saying, “As I resign from the Senate, I am preparing to take an oath that would have me preside over it. As senator-turned-Vice-President Walter Mondale once pointed out, the vice presidency is the only office in our government that ‘belongs to both the executive branch and the legislative branch.’ A responsibility made greater with an equal number of Democrats and Republicans in the Senate.”
In regards to her accomplishments over the years she has been in office, Kamala expressed her hope for a better future. She said, “The past four years have tested as a nation.”
Citing the Capitol breach, Kamala said, “This month, we witnessed something I thought I would never see in the United States: A mob breached the US Capitol, trying to thwart the certification of the 2020 election results.”
Meanwhile, the U.S. Capitol complex was shut down for about an hour on Monday out of an abundance of caution after a small fire broke out nearby, underscoring security jitters days before the inauguration.
The lockdown was lifted and the fire nearby was contained. The lockdown follows the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol by supporters of outgoing President Donald Trump, some calling for the death of Republican Vice President Mike Pence as he presided over the certification of Democrat Biden’s November election victory.
Kamala’s parting shot in the letter was, “Change is possible. For that, I am grateful and ready to get to work. Thus, as I leave the United States Senate, this is not goodbye. This is hello.”