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Xavier BecerraDEMDemocrat U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services
64
Years of Age
31
Years of Experience
CAResidence (state)

Xavier Becerra (hah-vee-AIR beh-SEHR-ə; American Spanish: [haˈβjeɾ beˈse.ra]; born January 26, 1958) is an American lawyer and politician serving as the 25th United States secretary of health and human services since March 2021. Becerra previously served as the attorney general of California from January 2017 until March 2021. He was a member of the United States House of Representatives, representing Downtown Los Angeles in Congress from 1993 to 2017. A member of the Democratic Party, Becerra was Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus from 2013 to 2017. Born in Sacramento, California, Becerra graduated from Stanford University and received his Juris Doctor degree from Stanford Law School. He worked as a lawyer at the Legal Assistance Corporation of central Massachusetts, before returning to California in 1986 to work as an administrative assistant for state senator Art Torres. He served as a deputy attorney general in the California Department of Justice from 1987 to 1990 before he was elected to the California State Assembly, where he served one term from 1990 to 1992. Becerra was first elected to the House of Representatives in 1992. He represented California's 30th congressional district from 1993 to 2003, California's 31st congressional district from 2003 to 2013, and California's 34th congressional district from 2013 to 2017. He served as Chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus from 1997 to 1999, Vice Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus from 2009 to 2013, and as a member of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction.

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Campaign Funding

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$50,304
Total Raised
$121,398
Total Spent
$1,417,060
Cash on Hand
Top Industries  (1 - 4 of 6) View All Industries
99%
Lawyers/Law Firms$2,700
50%
Real Estate$1,375
2%
Health Professionals$52
100%
Retired$30
0%
Education$6
0%
Misc Business$1
Direct campaign contributions grouped by the industry industry of each donor/PAC.
Financial Data Source: Center for Responsive Politics
Education6 - 6 of 4
University of Salamanca
Stanford University
Bachelor of Arts
1980
C. K. McClatchy High School
Stanford Law School
Juris Doctor
1984
Past Positions1 - 8 of 8
Secretary
United States Department of Health and Human Services
2021 - Current
Attorney General
State of California
2017 - 2021
Representative
United States House of Representatives
1993 - 2017
Assembly Member
California State Assembly
1990 - 1992
Deputy Attorney General
California Department of Justice
1987 - 1990
Administrative Assistant
Office of California Senator Art Torres
1986
Staff Attorney
Legal Assistance Corporation of Central Massachusetts
1984 - 1985
Former Assistant to the Speaker
United States House of Representatives
Other Experience1 - 16 of 16
Board Member
Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute
Current
Co-Chair
Congressional Friends of Spain
Current
Council Member
National Museum of African American History and Culture, Smithsonian Institute
Current
Member
Hispanic Outreach Advisory Board, National Parent Teacher Association
Current
Member
Mexican American State Legislators Policy Institute
Current
Member
Mexican American Bar Association
Current
Member
Board of Regents, Smithsonian Institution
Current
Vice Chair
United States-Korea Interparliamentary Exchange
Current
Former Board Member
Pitzer College
Former Board Member
Close Up Foundation
Chair
Minority Caucus, United States House of Representatives
2013 - 2017
Chair
Congressional Hispanic Caucus
1997 - 1998
Former Vice Chair
House Democratic Caucus
Member
United States House Ways and Means Committee
Secretary
Executive Committee, Democratic Study Group Steering Committee
Vice Chair
Minority Caucus, United States House of Representatives