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LaPhonza R. ButlerDEMDemocrat United States Senator
44
Years of Age
14
Months of Experience
CAResidence (state)

Laphonza Romanique Butler (lə-FON-zə; born May 11, 1979) is an American labor union official and politician serving as the junior United States senator from California since 2023. Butler began her career as a union organizer, and served as president of California SEIU State Council from 2013 to 2018. A member of the Democratic Party, she was a regent of the University of California system from 2018 to 2021, and the president of EMILY's List from 2021 to 2023. On October 1, 2023, California Governor Gavin Newsom chose Butler to fill the United States Senate seat left vacant by the death of Dianne Feinstein. She is the first LGBT African American to serve in the Senate.

Education3 - 3 of 1
Jackson State University
BA
Past Positions1 - 6 of 6
Senator
United States Senate
2023 - Current
President
EMILY's List
2021 - 2023
Director of Public Policy
Airbnb
2020 - 2021
Regent
University of California Board of Regents
2018 - 2021
Partner
SCRB Strategies
2018 - 2020
President
California Service Employees International Union Local 2015
2013 - 2018