Harris to resign from Senate seat on Monday

Vice President-elect Kamala HarrisKamala Harris Harris speaks with Netanyahu amid ICC probe Senate votes to take up COVID-19 relief bill Why is Joe Biden dodging the public and the press? MORE will resign from her Senate seat on Monday ahead of Wednesday's inauguration ceremony. 

Harris has already started the process by notifying California Gov. Gavin NewsomGavin NewsomWhite House says Shalanda Young could serve as acting OMB director California to set aside 40 percent of vaccine doses for areas most at risk Here's who Biden is now considering for budget chief MORE (D). She's then expected to make an announcement on Monday resigning from her Senate seat, according to Harris aides. 

"She's notified Governor Newsom, and has sent her formal indication that she will be resigning on Monday, January 18. And then she will make a formal announcement on Monday," said an aide. 


Newsom has already announced that he will appoint Alex PadillaAlex PadillaThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Senate Dems face unity test; Tanden nomination falls FBI director faces lawmaker frustration over Capitol breach Democrats push Biden to include recurring payments in recovery package MORE, California's secretary of state, to fill Harris's seat for the remainder of her term, which was scheduled to end in 2022.

Though the pick was lauded by labor unions and Latino organizations, it also rankled some who wanted Newsom to replace Harris with an African American woman. 

Harris is one of just three Black senators. Though the arrival of Sen.-elect Raphael WarnockRaphael WarnockKlain on Harris breaking tie: 'Every time she votes, we win' Georgia Gov. Kemp says he'd 'absolutely' back Trump as 2024 nominee Bipartisan bill would ban lawmakers from buying, selling stocks MORE (D-Ga.) will keep that overall number steady, Harris is the only Black female senator currently serving and just the second Black female senator in the chamber's history. 

Harris's ascension to the vice presidency will shatter one of the few remaining glass ceilings women face in politics as she becomes the highest-elected woman in American history. In addition to being the first female vice president, Harris is also the first Black, Indian and Caribbean American woman to serve in the country’s second-highest office. 

Harris was elected to the Senate in 2016. She quickly garnered the national spotlight for her sharp questioning style, including grilling then-Department of Homeland Security nominee John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE, appearing to fluster then-Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsTanden withdraws nomination as Biden budget chief Manchin flexes muscle in 50-50 Senate Udalls: Haaland criticism motivated 'by something other than her record' MORE during a 2017 Judiciary Committee hearing and raising eyebrows when she asked then-Supreme Court nominee Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughJustices hear sparring over scope of safeguards for minority voters Supreme Court faces landmark challenge on voting rights Will 'Cover-up Cuomo' be marching to 'Jail to the Chief'? MORE if he had ever discussed former special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerWhy a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel CNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump MORE's probe with anyone.  


Harris teamed up with Republicans on issues such as election security and criminal justice reform during her Senate tenure. 

She also had high-profile fights with her GOP colleagues, including a heated floor debate with Sen. John CornynJohn CornynOvernight Defense: Capitol Police may ask National Guard to stay | Biden's Pentagon policy nominee faces criticism | Naval Academy midshipmen moved to hotels Senators introduce bill creating technology partnerships to compete with China Republicans blast Pentagon policy nominee over tweets, Iran nuclear deal MORE (R-Texas) in June over a GOP police reform bill and separate anti-lynching legislation that Harris offered with Sens. Cory BookerCory BookerABC names new deputy political director, weekend White House correspondent NJ lawmakers ask Gannett to stop 'union-busting' efforts at 3 state newspapers Hillicon Valley: High alert as new QAnon date approaches Thursday | Biden signals another reversal from Trump with national security guidance | Parler files a new case MORE (D-N.J.) and Tim ScottTimothy (Tim) Eugene ScottSole GOP vote on House police reform bill says he 'accidentally pressed the wrong voting button' House approves George Floyd Justice in Policing Act House sets vote for George Floyd police reform bill MORE (R-S.C.). Roughly a week later, she and Cornyn teamed up on legislation to shore up foreign media disclosures under the Foreign Agent Registration Act.

Though Harris is leaving her Senate seat, she's not technically leaving the Senate behind entirely. Harris will be sworn in on Wednesday by Supreme Court Justice Sonia SotomayorSonia SotomayorBarrett authors first Supreme Court majority opinion against environmental group Justices raise bar for noncitizens to challenge removal from US after conviction Justices hear sparring over scope of safeguards for minority voters MORE as the country's next vice president. 

As vice president she also holds the role of being president of the Senate. The title allows Harris to preside over the chamber and break 50-50 ties, effectively handing Democrats the majority for the first time since 2014 once she is sworn in on Wednesday. 

Democrats failed to lock down the majority in November but squeaked out a 50-50 majority after winning the two Georgia runoff elections. 

"This is not a goodbye for Vice President-elect Harris," said a Harris aide. "As she resigns from the Senate, she's preparing to take an oath that will allow her to preside over it."