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Biden HHS Pick Faces Senate Fight as GOP Hits His Experience

  • Becerra known more for legal, partisan fights than health care
  • Becerra would be first Latino to lead massive health agency
Xavier Becerra
Xavier BecerraPhotographer: Al Drago/Bloomberg

President-elect Joe Biden’s pick of California Attorney General Xavier Becerra to lead the Health and Human Services department gives him a fierce defender of Democratic causes but one without hands-on experience leading a massive federal agency in the middle of an unprecedented public health crisis.

Biden satisfied calls for him to name the first Latino to head HHS in keeping with his promise for the most diverse cabinet ever. Unions and Democrats applauded his choice of Becerra, who led challenges to many of President Donald Trump’s efforts to loosen environmental and other regulations and limit immigration and access to health care.