RELEASE: Julián and Joaquin Castro Endorse Padilla for Senate


Last week, Padilla launched his campaign with a growing list of endorsements from the CA Congressional Delegation, all statewide officials and Sen. Elizabeth Warren 

LOS ANGELES, CA – Today, former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro and Congressman Joaquin Castro announced their endorsement of Senator Alex Padilla’s campaign for the United States Senate in 2022. The Castro brothers join a growing list of national supporters, including Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer, Senator Elizabeth Warren, and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

Last week, Senator Padilla launched his 2022 election campaign with broad support including nearly all of the California Congressional Delegation, all California statewide officials, and California big city mayors.

Full list of endorsements can be viewed here.

“I am honored to earn the support of Julián and Joaquin Castro, and admire their transformative work they have done throughout their careers in public service,” said Sen. Padilla. “Like me, they grew up chasing the American Dream that has beckoned immigrants to our shores for generations. It is our duty as beneficiaries of that dream to keep it alive for those who come after us. I’m honored to have the Castro brothers’ support as I seek reelection to the Senate.”

“In the brief time since his historic appointment, Senator Padilla has already proven to be a leading progressive voice in the Democratic Party and the best possible choice to represent the state of California in the U.S. Senate,” said former Secretary Julián Castro. “As the son of working-class immigrants from Mexico, Senator Padilla recognizes the importance of protecting and expanding the American Dream for future generations. That’s why he’s championed bold policies that would expand opportunity for Californians like Medicare for all, sweeping immigration reform, and eliminating student loan debt. I look forward to watching his continued success in the Senate and all the good he will do for the people of California and beyond.”

“I’ve known Senator Padilla for many years, and I was proud to witness his historic appointment to the U.S. Senate to serve the people of California,” said Congressman Joaquin Castro. “In only a few short months, he has already proven his ability to champion bold, progressive policies like raising the minimum wage and taking real action to combat climate change. I also partnered with him on his very first bill, the Citizenship for Essential Workers Act, to make sure undocumented essential workers have a safe and accessible path to citizenship as part of our inclusive pandemic recovery. Senator Padilla is a strong, progressive leader who will continue to fight for the people of California, and I’m proud to support him again for the U.S. Senate.”

Sen. Padilla was appointed by Governor Gavin Newsom to fill the Senate seat vacated by Vice President Kamala Harris for the remainder of her team. He is up for reelection in 2022.

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