Xavier Becerra Is Going To Be California’s First Latino Attorney General
Congressman Xavier Becerra has been representing California’s 34th district, which includes downtown Los Angeles, in the House of Representatives since the early ’90s. After winning his re-election, Becerra was tapped by Governor Jerry Brown to replace Kamala Harris as the next attorney general for California.
If confirmed, Becerra would become California’s first Latino attorney general.
“Xavier has been an outstanding public servant — in the State Legislature, the U.S. Congress and as a deputy attorney general,” said Governor Brown about Becerra in a press release. “I’m confident he will be a champion for all Californians and help our state aggressively combat climate change.”
Becerra was first elected to Congress in 1992 and has since risen to the fourth-highest position in the House of Representatives.
Becerra, if approved by the state legislature, will be replacing Kamala Harris, who will vacate the attorney general position after being elected to the U.S. Senate. Becerra’s appointment as attorney general means he will finish off the time left from Harris’ appointment, which ends in 2018.
He is eager to accept Gov. Brown’s appointment. Prior to being elected to Congress, Becerra served California as the Deputy Attorney General.
“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,” Rep. Becerra said in a press release. “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 an 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 that battle as California’s attorney general.”
Becerra, the son of immigrants from Mexico, has already hinted at his willingness to fight against the Trump administration.
“If you want to take on a forward-leaning state that is prepared to defend its rights and interests, then come at us,” Becerra told the LA Times.
“California right now is ahead of the country when it comes to clean energy, commonsense treatment of immigrants, real health security and so much more,” Becerra told The Guardian.