By Snejana Farberov For Dailymail.com
Published: 14:51 BST, 2 September 2020 | Updated: 14:56 BST, 2 September 2020
It was way past her daughter's bedtime, but California lawmaker Buffy Wicks nonetheless brought the four-week-old infant onto the state Assembly floor at around midnight on Monday to support a housing bill after being denied a vote by proxy.
Assemblywoman Wicks, a Democrat representing Berkeley and Oakland who welcomed her daughter Elly in July, cradled the newborn in her arms beneath a striped blanket as she cast her vote in a futile attempt to save the housing legislation.
'Please, please, please pass this bill,' the mom-of-two lawmaker said though a mask covering her face. 'And I'm going to go finish feeding my daughter.'
Assemblywoman Buffy Wicks, a Democrat from Oakland, addresses lawmakers on a housing bill while holding her one-month-old daughter Elly in her arms during the final hours of the California legislative session Monday
The remarkable moment prompted applause from some of her colleagues and quickly went viral on social media, drawing the attention of Hillary Clinton and former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who tweeted at her: '@BuffyWicks has proven time and again she'll always do what’s best for her constituents. But in case