The California secretary of state has emerged as the front-runner to replace Vice President-elect Harris in the Senate.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) is under pressure to appoint either a Black woman, a Latino or a member of the LGBTQ community.
The California Democrat's announcement comes after progressives expressed anger at her handling of Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett's hearings.
The California senator angered liberal groups after she praised Trump's Supreme Court nominee and the GOP senator in charge of confirmation hearings.
The California Democrat was swiftly criticized this week for praising GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham for his running of the Supreme Court confirmation hearing.
“I thought it was a very poor set of hearings,” the California congresswoman said.
The two senators even shared a hug afterward. Now a progressive group is calling for her removal from the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) shared a maskless hug after the conclusion of the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett.
Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett twice said “sexual preference” instead of “sexual orientation” when referring to the LGBTQ community, a term that suggests sexuality is a choice.
The Supreme Court nominee would not weigh in on President Donald Trump's threats to delay the election — a power he does not have.