By the Editorial Board (excerpted) —
Xavier Becerra is California’s incumbent attorney general, having been appointed two years ago to fill a vacancy at the top of the state Department of Justice. In that period Becerra has drawn on the knowledge and experience he gained in 24 years in the U.S. House of Representatives to help shape legal strategies to protect the state’s interests and values from a series of onslaughts by the Trump administration.
He has helped to stop, stall or at least snag the administration’s attacks on public safety funding, clean car standards, affordable healthcare, immigration protections, net neutrality and many other subjects. He meanwhile has stepped up the department’s work on consumer protection, and has offered badly needed oversight of law enforcement agencies facing public backlash over fatal shootings and other uses of force.