Governor Brown taps CKM grad Becerra for state Attorney General
Governor Jerry Brown today selected Democratic Congressman Xavier Becerra — a graduate of C.K. McClatchy High School — to serve as interim state Attorney General. If his appointment is approved by the Legislature, he will be the first Latino to serve in the state’s highest law enforcement post.
“Xavier has been an outstanding public servant – in the state Legislature, the U.S. Congress and as a deputy attorney general,” Brown said in a statement emailed to the Sacramento Bee. “I’m confident he will be a champion for all Californians and help our state aggressively combat climate change.”
Becerra will replace outgoing Attorney General Kamala Harris, who is departing for the U.S. Senate.
Becerra is the son of working-class parents and was the first in his family to graduate from college. His mother was born in Jalisco, Mexico and immigrated to the United States after marrying his father. Becerra graduated from CKM in 1976 — the class before state Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye.
In 1980, Becerra earned his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Stanford University. He was awarded his Juris Doctorate from Stanford Law School in 1984. He has served in U.S. House of Representatives for 24 years and is the highest-ranking Latino in Congress.