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Select Committee on the Office of Attorney General Recommends Confirmation of Xavier Becerra

For immediate release:

(Sacramento) – Today, Assemblymember Eloise Gómez Reyes (D-San Bernardino) along with the other members of the Assembly Special Committee on the Office of Attorney General voted to recommend Xavier Becerra for confirmation as the next Attorney General of California by the full Assembly. This comes after extensive research and a Committee hearing which included information on key areas of policy including immigration; civil rights; reproductive rights; a proposed Muslim registry; California’s extensive environmental protections; environmental justice, law enforcement accountability; and consumer protection.

“Moving forward, Xavier Becerra is the perfect choice to help safeguard the hard earned rights and civil liberties of all Californians” said Assemblymember Reyes. “His years of public service and extensive experience will greatly enhance his ability to protect the voices of everyone in our state.”

The appointment is especially important as legislative leaders prepare for considerable challenges from the Trump Administration for the next four years.  Becerra was a Deputy attorney general from 1987 to 1990 and has served in the U.S. House of Representatives since 1992.  He is chair of the House Democratic Caucus and member of the Committee on Ways and Means.

The committee was formed by Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon as part of the confirmation process for Attorney General-designate Xavier Becerra after Governor Jerry Brown nominated the veteran lawmaker to fill the post vacated by Senator Kamala Harris.

Assemblymember Eloise Gómez Reyes is the newly-elected member of the State Legislature, representing Assembly District 47 which includes the cities of Fontana, Rialto, Colton, Grand Terrace, San Bernardino and the unincorporated areas of Muscoy and Bloomington.