Today, we make history — and I’m so honored to be part of it.
Today we’re swearing in not only Joe Biden and Kamala Harris — the first female, Black, and South Asian vice president — but Georgia’s first Black senator in Rev. Raphael Warnock, the youngest senator since Joe Biden in Jon Ossoff, and me, the first Latino senator to serve the state of California.
These past few years, we’ve made so much ugly history — that’s why it’s so overwhelming to be part of a day like today, to bring hope and optimism back to the history books and back to Washington, D.C. I’m beyond honored, and I’m focused — the work starts today.
I’m proud to have you on my team, beside me in spirit, as I’m sworn into the U.S. Senate today. Will you invest in the future, in rebuilding, and in the progress we deserve by chipping in $5 or more right now?
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I’m the proud son of immigrants. My parents met as immigrants from Mexico — they fell in love, got married, and applied for green cards, ready to embrace a country that valued hard work and opportunity.
That’s something they instilled in me, from my father working his way up from a dishwasher to head cook at a local diner with only an elementary school education (he liked to boast that his kitchen “never failed an inspection”), to my mother working tirelessly as a housekeeper for affluent families.
That’s something I’ll carry with me every day as California’s next senator — to keep on fighting, to keep on building on that opportunity. I still live less than five miles from the home I grew up in, and I’m still fighting for the same progress I was as an upstart teenager in Pacoima.
There’s so much to do, there’s so much to achieve — but I know we can do it together, with our families and our communities by our side. That’s how I’ve made progress since I was a kid, and I know that’s how we’ll make progress as a state and as a nation.
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