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Biden Picks California Attorney General Xavier Becerra for HHS

  • Becerra would be first Latino to head massive health agency
  • Attorney general has little experience in health industry
Xavier Becerra
Xavier BecerraPhotographer: Al Drago/Bloomberg
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President-elect Joe Biden has chosen Xavier Becerra as his Health and Human Services secretary, tasking the California Attorney General with curbing the coronavirus pandemic and expanding the Affordable Care Act.

Becerra, a former congressman from the Los Angeles area, emerged as a candidate as others Biden had considered fell out of contention, including another candidate, New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, backed by the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.