For the first time in 24 years, California will have a new senator in Washington, D.C.
California's junior Senator Barbara Boxer is stepping down from the seat she has held since 1992.
Before being elected to the Senate, she served ten years in the House of Representatives.
Although generally identified with San Francisco area, Boxer now lives in the Coachella Valley, making her one of only two statewide elected officials to live in the southern half of California.
Both choices for U.S. Senator from California are democrats.
Kamala Harris is currently California’s attorney general, a post she has held since 2011.
Her rival is Loretta Sanchez, a member of the U.S. House of Representatives for California's 46th Congressional District, in Orange County.
Sanchez was first elected to the house in 1996.
During the June primary, Kamala Harris had 40.2 percent of the vote. Sanchez was the second highest vote-getter with 19 percent.