California Governor Jerry Brown has named Congressman Xavier Becerra to replace Kamala Harris as the state’s new Attorney General.
Becerra will complete Harris’ unexpired term. Harris was recently elected to replace Barbara Boxer in the United States Senate. Although Becerra must still be confirmed by the California State Assembly and Senate it is expected his appointment will be overwhelmingly approved by legislative representatives. With his confirmation, Becerra will make history as the first Hispanic to ever hold the office in California.
“Xavier has been an outstanding public servant in the state Legislature, the U.S. Congress and as a deputy attorney general,” Brown said when Becerra’s appointment was announced last week. “I’m confident he will be a champion for all Californians and help our state aggressively combat climate change.”
Becerra has been a member of the U.S. House of Representatives since 1992, most recently as the first Latino member of the Committee on Ways and Means; ranking member of the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Social Security; and chairman of the House Democratic Caucus. He is also a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and served as its chair from 1997 to 1998 and a member of the Executive Committee of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus. Among his other accomplishments, he served on the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform.
Previous to his election to Congress in 1992, Becerra served in the California State Assembly and represented the 59th Assembly District of Los Angeles.
“Governor Brown and our state leaders lean forward when it comes to advancing and protecting the rights and interests of the more than 38 million people in California,” Becerra said when his appointment was announced. “I’m deeply honored by Governor Brown’s confidence in me to serve as our state’s next chief law enforcement officer. It has been as extraordinary privilege to serve my fellow Californians in Congress for the past 24 years, fighting for working families like my parents, and I look forward to continuing this battle as California’s Attorney General.”