For the first time ever, two Latinos from the San Fernando Valley presided over both the U.S. House and Senate on the same day.
Senator Alex Padilla and Congressman Tony Cárdenas led the historic moment on Tuesday.
Both lawmakers grew up in Pacoima. They took to Twitter to share their excitement.
History was made yesterday when two Latinos from Pacoima presided over the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives. Such a meaningful moment that I am proud to have shared with my friend @RepCardenas. pic.twitter.com/SUydktCsCh— Senator Alex Padilla (@SenAlexPadilla) December 8, 2021
"Such a meaningful moment that I am proud to have shared with my friend," wrote Padilla.
Cárdenas called it a "truly emotional moment."
Two hermanos from Pacoima, both presiding in each body of Congress on the same day. A truly emotional moment for me. pic.twitter.com/QmzAb7tvlo— Rep. Tony Cárdenas (@RepCardenas) December 8, 2021
Cárdenas made history when he became the first Latino elected to represent the San Fernando Valley in Congress.
In Dec. 2020, Gov. Gavin Newsom nominated Padilla to replace Vice President Kamala Harris in the Senate.