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Xavier Becerra is a US Congressman from California. First elected to the House of Representatives in 1992, Becerra serves as chair of the House Democratic Caucus, is a member of the Committee on Ways And Means, and is a ranking member of the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Social Security.
As chair of the Democratic Caucus, Becerra wields a strong voice in House Democratic leadership, helping to set priorities and drive the legislative decision making process. He has dedicated himself to promoting issues affecting industries critical to the economic vitality of the Southern California region such as health care, high technology, entertainment, and stimulating free, yet fair, trade.
The first Latino to serve on the Ways and Means Committee, Becerra has used his position to increase opportunities for working families, to improve the Social Security program for women and minorities, to combat poverty among the working poor, and to strengthen Medicare and ensure its long-term viability. He currently serves on the Social Security Subcommittee. In 2010, Becerra served on the bipartisan National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform.
Becerra is a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) where he served as chair during the 105th Congress (1997-98). He is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus.
Becerra serves on the Smithsonian Board of Regents, a distinguished panel of 17 men and women who oversee the Smithsonian Institution’s expansive collection. In 2011, he was appointed to serve on the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture Council. Becerra has led a decade long effort to establish the National Museum of the American Latino and ensure that we remember and celebrate the history of America’s diverse communities.
Prior to his election to Congress, Becerra served one term in the California Legislature as the representative of the 59th Assembly District in Los Angeles County. He is a former deputy attorney general with the California Department of Justice. Becerra began his legal career in 1984 working in a legal services office representing the mentally ill.
Becerra earned his BA in economics from Stanford University. He was awarded his JD from Stanford Law School in 1984.