Laphonza Butler

United States Senator from California since 2023

Laphonza Romanique Butler (born May 11, 1979) is an American politician serving as the junior United States senator from California since 2023.

Laphonza Butler
Official portrait, 2023
United States Senator
from California
Assumed office
October 3, 2023
Serving with Alex Padilla
Appointed byGavin Newsom
Preceded byDianne Feinstein
Personal details
Laphonza Romanique Butler

(1979-05-11) May 11, 1979 (age 45)
Magnolia, Mississippi
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Neneki Lee
EducationJackson State University
WebsiteSenate website
Butler sworn in by Vice President Kamala Harris.

On October 1, 2023, California Governor Gavin Newsom chose Butler to fill the U.S. Senate seat that was left vacant by the death of Dianne Feinstein. She is the first Black lesbian to serve in the Senate.[1]


  1. "Newsom taps Laphonza Butler for Feinstein's Senate seat". Los Angeles Times. 2023-10-02. Retrieved 2023-10-14.