California Gov. Gavin NewsomGavin NewsomRecall: The incredible expense of indulging whims of a political minorityNewsom admits mistakes in handling of pandemic, knocks recall effortEffort to recall Newsom gathers over 2M signatures, enough for possible ballot measureMORE (D) pledged Monday that he would appoint a Black woman to replace Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinDemocratic senators urge Biden to take executive action on ghost gunsDemocrats worry Senate will be graveyard for Biden agendaPro-Choice Caucus asks Biden to remove abortion fund restrictions from 2022 budgetMORE (D-Calif.) should she choose to retire before her term is up.

In an interview with MSNBC’s Joy Reid, the governor said that he had several candidates in mind for a potential replacement for Feinstein, 87, who has faced pressure from some progressive Democrats to step down and is no longer the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee. Her current term is up in January 2025.

We have multiple names in mind, the answer is yes,” Newsom said, responding to Reid’s question as to whether his candidate would be a Black woman.

Newsom’s comments come as he faces his sixth recall campaign as California’s governor as well as pressure to nominate a woman of color for California’s next open Senate seat upon the departure of Vice President Harris, who was previously elected to her Senate post in 2016.

Newsom appointed Sen. Alex PadillaAlex PadillaThe Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Facebook – Senate Dems face unity test; Tanden nomination fallsFBI director faces lawmaker frustration over Capitol breach Democrats push Biden to include recurring payments in recovery packageMORE (D-Calif.) to finish Harris’s term late last year after coming under similar pressure at the time.

The son of Mexican immigrants a cook and house cleaner Alex Padilla worked his way from humble beginnings to the halls of MIT, the Los Angeles City Council and the State Senate, and has become a national defender of voting rights as Californias Secretary of State. Now, he will serve in the halls of our nations Capitol as Californias next United States Senator,” the governor said in December.

Newsom currently faces a recall effort launched by Republicans in the state in response to his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and criticism of state-level restrictions on business and public life resulting from the outbreak.

He faced criticism last year after attending a dinner party at the prestigious French Laundry restaurant, which he later said he regretted.