Shirley Weber in the Capitol
Assemblymember Shirley Weber gives a press conference in the Capitol following the passage of her bill limiting police use of deadly force. Photo by Anne Wernikoff for CalMatters

The California Senate Rules Committee Wednesday confirmed Assemblywoman Shirley Weber, D-San Diego, as California’s Secretary of State, sending the nomination to the Senate floor for a full vote Thursday.

“Dr. Weber has long been a trusted and respected member of the Legislature, and has taught us so much over the years — above all, the importance of principled public service,” said Senate President Pro Tempore Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, who chairs the Rules Committee.

“As Secretary of State, Dr. Weber will excel in all the duties of this vital office, particularly in maximizing voter participation and maintaining election integrity,” Atkins said. “As we head into Black History Month, it’s inspiring to think of the history this trailblazing leader is making — and will continue to make — by serving as California’s next Secretary of State.”

The appointment requires confirmation by both the Senate and Assembly.

Dr. Weber’s nomination came after former Secretary of State Alex Padilla’s appointment to fill the U.S. Senate seat vacated by now-Vice President Kamala Harris.

— City News Service contributed to this article