A staunch advocate for working families with decades of experiences representing Californians, Xavier Becerra became California Attorney General in January 2017 to defend the rights of the nearly 40 million people statewide.
Becerra’s work as chief law enforcement officer follows more than two decades of service to the people of Los Angeles in the U.S. House of Representatives, where he was also was elected to serve in leadership — chairing the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and then becoming Vice Chair and ultimately Chair of the House Democrats.
In the U.S. House, Becerra became the first Latino to serve on the powerful Ways and Means Committee, fighting for a fairer tax code and for fairer trade laws and working to protect Social Security and Medicare.
The first in his family to attend a four-year college, Becerra graduated from Stanford University in 1980 and received his juris doctorate from his alma mater in 1984.
Following law school, he worked for a legal services agency representing the mentally ill. In recognition of his legal work In 1987, he became a California Deputy Attorney General. And in 1990, he was elected to the California State Assembly.
Becerra is married to Dr. Carolina Reyes and they are the proud parents of three daughters: Clairsa, Olivia and Natalia. Born in Sacramento, Becerra is the son of Manuel and Maria, both immigrants from Mexico who taught him the value of working hard to earn a chance to get ahead.