Xavier Becerra is the 33rd Attorney General of California, and the first Latino to hold the office in state history. A staunch advocate for hardworking families, Becerra, a former member of Congress for 24 years, brings decades of experience as he defends the rights of nearly 40 million Californians.
Serving as Attorney General since 2017, Becerra has taken the Trump Administration to court over 80 times, including to defend the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. He’s led the fight against the discriminatory Muslim travel ban, the EPA’s illegal delay of air quality standards, and the ill-conceived wasteful plan to build a wall along the California border.
In total, Becerra has won over 30 cases against the Trump administration so far, with many fights ongoing. These victories include an injunction to protect nearly 650,000 undocumented in the DACA program nationwide, blocking the administration from denying millions of women access to birth control, and stopping the White House from gutting energy efficiency standards that help prevent climate change.
Within California, Becerra has announced multi-million dollar settlements on behalf of Californians harmed by bad over-the-counter medications, wire fraud scams, and compromised credit card information. He has secured tens of millions of dollars in debt relief for students who were taken advantage of by predatory for-profit colleges. Becerra has also worked to reduce the sexual assault testing kit backlog in cities across the state and has taken strong action fight against opioid abuse. And he prevented Big Oil giant Valero from taking over a petroleum distributor which could have led to higher gas prices at the pump.
The Attorney General’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 elected to serve in leadership positions — 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, 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 1987, he was appointed as a California Deputy Attorney General. And in 1990, he was elected to the California State Assembly.
Becerra is married to Perinatologist Dr. Carolina Reyes and they are the proud parents of three daughters: Clarisa, Olivia and Natalia. Born in Sacramento, Becerra is the son of immigrants — a construction and clerical worker – who together taught him the value of working hard to earn a chance to get ahead.