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Xavier Becerra

Member of the
U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 31st district
Assumed office 
January 3, 1993
Preceded by Edward R. Roybal

In office

Born January 26, 1958 (1958-01-26) (age 52)
Sacramento, California
Nationality American
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Carolina Reyes
Residence Los Angeles, California
Alma mater Stanford Law School (J.D.)
Stanford University (B.A.)
Occupation attorney, politician
Religion not listed

Xavier Becerra (English pronunciation: /hɑːviˈɛr bɨˈsɛrə/; born January 26, 1958) is an American politician who has been a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives since 1993, representing California's 31st congressional district (map), which is based in Los Angeles.


Early life and family

Becerra was born in Sacramento, California, the son of working-class immigrants. He graduated in 1976 from C.K. McClatchy High School located in central city Sacramento. He went on to earn his B.A. in economics from Stanford University and his J.D. from Stanford Law School. He was initially a lawyer, working on cases involving individuals with mental impairment. He was also a staff member for California State Senator Art Torres and the Deputy Attorney-General of California. Becerra was a one-term member of the California State Assembly before entering the House.

Becerra is married to physician Carolina Reyes,[1] and has three children.

Congressional career

Becerra is a member of the Committee on Ways and Means :)and a prominent member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, of which he served as chairman during the 105th Congress.

Rep. Becerra is a frequent guest on Kudlow & Company. He was featured on The Colbert Report's Better Know a District on August 17, 2006.

On September 29, 2008 Becerra voted against the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 because he "wanted to see direct protections for responsible homeowners" in the bill.[2]


Democratic House leadership

Becerra considered running for Democratic Caucus Vice Chair for the 110th Congress; however, he deferred to John Larson when DCCC chairman Rahm Emanuel decided to run for Caucus Chair, the position Larson had been running for. Instead, Becerra was assistant to the Speaker for that congressional session.

Before the opening of the 111th Congress, Emanuel accepted a position as White House Chief of Staff in the Obama Administration. Larson succeeded Emanuel as caucus chair, and Becerra won his bid to succeed Larson as Vice-Chair. He defeated Marcy Kaptur of Ohio by a vote of 175-67.[3]

Committee assignments


Other political information

2001 LA Mayor Bid

Becerra ran for mayor of Los Angeles in 2001. He finished with 6 percent of the primary vote, finishing behind businessman Steve Soboroff, Councilman Joel Wachs, former California State Assembly Speaker Antonio Villaraigosa, and the eventual winner, then-City Attorney James Hahn.

US Trade Representative speculation

On January 27, 2008, Becerra formally endorsed Illinois Senator Barack Obama for President.[4]

Becerra was considered for the position of US Trade Representative in the administration of President-elect Obama. While it was initially reported that he had already accepted,[5] on December 15, 2008, he announced that he would not accept the position.[6]


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California Assembly
Preceded by
Charles M. Calderon
California State Assemblyman, 59th District
Succeeded by
Dick Mountjoy
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Matthew G. Martinez
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 30th congressional district

Succeeded by
Henry Waxman
Preceded by
Hilda Solis
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 31st congressional district

Succeeded by
Party political offices
Preceded by
John B. Larson
Vice-Chairman of Democratic Caucus of the United States House of Representatives
United States order of precedence
Preceded by
Sanford Bishop
United States Representatives by seniority
Succeeded by
Roscoe Bartlett


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