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Xavier Becerra biography: 13 things about Mexican-American politician, lawyer from California

Xavier Becerra is an American politician and lawyer from California, United States. He is of Mexican descent.

Becerra’s parents are originally from Jalisco, Mexico. Here are 13 more things about him:


  1. He was born to Mexican parents in Sacramento, California in 1958.
  2. He is married to Carolina Reyes, a perinatologist or an obstetrician with special training in high-risk pregnancy care. They have three children namely Clarisa Becerra, Olivia Becerra and Natalia Becerra.
  3. In 1976, he graduated from C.K. McClatchy High School in Sacramento.
  4. From 1978 to 1979, he attended the University of Salamanca in Salamanca, Spain.
  5. In 1980, he earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from Stanford University in Stanford, California making him the first person in his family to graduate from college.
  6. In 1984, he received his Juris Doctor from Stanford Law School in Stanford.
  7. In 1985, he was admitted to the State Bar of California.
  8. From 1990 to 1992, he was a member of the California State Assembly from the 59th district.
  9. In 1992, he was elected to the U.S House of Representatives. He represented California’s 30th district from 1993 to 2003, 31st district from 2003 to 2013 and 34th district from 2013 to 2017.
  10. From 1997 to 1999, he was the chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.
  11. From January 3, 2009 to January 3, 2013, he was the vice chair of the House of Democratic Caucus. He served as the chair from January 3, 2013 to January 3, 2017.
  12. On January 24, 2017, he became the 33rd attorney general of California preceding Kamala Harris, who went on to become the 49th U.S. vice president.
  13. One month before officially assuming office as the 46th U.S. president, Joe Biden announced his plan to nominate him be the U.S. secretary of health and human services.

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