RELEASE: Senator Alex Padilla Announces Launch of 2022 Election Campaign


Senator Padilla kicks-off campaign with strong statewide support, earning the endorsement of all but two of the 42 members of the California Democratic Congressional Delegation

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee also gets behind Padilla

LOS ANGELES, CA – Today Senator Alex Padilla announced the official launch of his campaign to seek election to the United States Senate in 2022. Upon taking office in January 2021, Senator Padilla made fighting the devastating impact of COVID-19 his top priority, while pushing a bold, progressive agenda to fight climate change, voter suppression, and the adoption of comprehensive immigration reform.

Senator Padilla kicks-off his campaign with strong statewide support with all but two members of the California Democratic Congressional Delegation endorsing Senator Padilla. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee also endorsed Senator Padilla’s campaign ahead of its fights to maintain control of the senate in 2022.

Full list of endorsements can be viewed here.

“As soon as I was sworn in to the United States Senate, I made clear that my first priority was delivering aid to frontline workers and the communities most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic,” Sen. Padilla said. “Relief is now flowing into our state, but much more needs to be done. We need a full recovery that leaves no one behind. I am asking Californians for the honor to continue to serve as their Senator, and as their fighter in our nation’s capitol.”

Senator Padilla has made fighting the devastating impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic among his top priorities, which has included working to pass the American Rescue Plan, that secured critical funding for vaccine distribution in underserved communities, direct checks for families, resources for state and local governments, and support for small businesses. And Padilla successfully advocated for the mass vaccination sites in Los Angeles and Oakland to remain operational. Senator Padilla also introduced his first bill, The Citizenship for Essential Workers Act, which would create a pathway to citizenship for over five million undocumented frontline workers.  

In his first 100 days, Senator Padilla has also led calls to eliminate the filibuster as a means to move bold legislation to fight climate change, pass immigration reform, gun safety legislation, fight voter suppression and advance Medicare for All.

Senator Padilla also cosponsored legislation to ban off-shore oil drilling, lower prescription drug costs and  fight the alarming rise in hate crimes against Asian American and Pacific Islander communities.

“Californians are fortunate indeed to have Alex Padilla as their Senator. Alex has both the policy knowledge and steadfast commitment to be a true force for good in Washington,” said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. “I consider him a valuable partner as we work to make meaningful change in the lives of Californians and all Americans. I’m honored to endorse his campaign to return to the Senate in 2022.”

“Senator Alex Padilla is a powerful advocate for protecting voting rights and reforming the filibuster. He champions our democracy and is the strong voice and responsive leader that Californians deserve in the U.S. Senate,” said Congresswoman Katie Porter.

“I have known and worked with Alex for many years, and have long admired his dedication to public service,” said Congressman Adam Schiff. “He is smart, hardworking, ethical and principled. From his work on the Los Angeles City Council to his tenure as Secretary of State, Alex understands that government is first and foremost about meeting the needs of the people and trying to improve the quality of life for the next generation. I’m proud to support Alex for Senate, and look forward to working with him for many years to come.”

“When Senator Padilla talks, people listen. Senator Padilla arrived in the Senate on day one with a long list of thoughtful, bold ideas and he quickly earned the respect of his colleagues. He has already offered valuable insight on issues ranging from immigration to voting rights. Senator Padilla and his campaign have my full support in 2022,” said Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer.

“Alex Padilla is key to maintaining and expanding the Senate Majority, and I am proud to endorse him on behalf of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee,” said DSCC Chairman Gary Peters. “Alex is a powerful addition to the United States Senate because of his life experiences and the important fights he takes on, especially for immigrant families. Californians are well served by this proud son of immigrants and the impact he is making for his state and country. We look forward to Alex’s reelection and continued success that is driven by his deep concern for his constituents.”

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.

For updates about Senator Padilla’s campaign, visit