Xavier Becerra Biography, Career, Education, Age, Family, Politics, and Net Worth.

Xavier Becerra Biography, Career, Education, Age, Family, Politics, and Net Worth.

Who Is Xavier Becerra?

Xavier Becerra is an American politician and attorney, currently, he is serving as the 25th United States secretary of health and human services. Previously he was working as the attorney general of California from January 2017 until March 2021.

In addition, he was a member of the United States House of Representatives, representing Downtown Los Angeles in Congress from 1993 to 2017. Moreover, Becerra is a member of the Democratic Party. In 2013, he became the Chairman of the House Democratic until 2017.


Legal Career

Xavier started his career as an attorney, dealing with cases involving individuals who had mental disorders. At that, he was working with Legal Assistance Corporation of Central Massachusetts (now Community Legal Aid).

After that, he started serving as an administrative assistant for California state senator Art Torres in 1986. In 1987, he began serving as a deputy attorney general in the California Department of Justice under Attorney General John Van de Kamp. Bacerra served in that position until 1990.

Following the decision of incumbent state assemblyman Charles Calderon to run for the California Senate. Becerra on the other hand began a grassroots campaign for the California State Assembly. Moreover, during the democratic primary election, he defeated Calderon’s Senate assistant Marta Maestas.

Furthermore, after proceeding to the general election. Becerra defeated Republican Lee Lieberg and Libertarian Steven Pencil with 60% of the vote. From 1990 to 1992, Becerra was a member of the California State Assembly, representing the 59th district. In addition, he also worked as a state politician to pass legislation that would enhance the penalties of gang members.

How Old Is Xavier Becerra?

He was born on January 26, 1958 (age 63 as of 2021).

Xavier Becerra Family

Who are His Parents?

He was born in Sacramento, California, to Maria Teresa and Manuel Guerrero Becerra. Both of his parents were working class.

Does He Have Siblings?

He has not yet disclosed any information about his siblings but we will update it as soon as possible.

Xavier Becerra Education

He attended C.K. McClatchy High School, located in the center of Sacramento, where he graduated in 1976. After that, he went to study abroad at the University of Salamanca in Salamanca, Spain, from 1978 to 1979. Becerra earned his B.A. in economics from Stanford University in 1980, becoming the first person in his family to graduate from college. He went on and received his Juris Doctor from Stanford Law School in 1984. One year later he was admitted to the State Bar of California in 1985.

Xavier Becerra Wife

He is happily married to Carolina Reyes. In addition, his wife is a physician, though much is not known about their marriage life.

Xavier Becerra Kids

Together with his wife, they have been blessed with three daughters.

US House of Representatives

1992 Election

Becerra ran for the first time in 1992. This was after the 25th district Congressman Edward Roybal confirmed his retirement after serving in that position for more than 30 years in Congress. By the time Becerra was joining the race the seat had already been renumbered as the 30th district after redistricting.

Becerra won the Democratic primary with a margin of 32% of the vote. After that, he defeated Republican nominee Morry Waksberg with 58% to 24% in the general election. After winning in the first election, he was then re-elected In 1994, to a second term with 66% of the vote. Following the 2000 census, his district was renumbered as the 31st.

Following redistricting, ahead of the 2012 elections, most of his old districts became the 34th district. In the general election, he defeated Republican Stephen Smith 85.6% to 14.4 %.


As a congressman, he was a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, where he served as chairman during the 105th Congress.

Furthermore, he was among those people who voted against the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008. because he “wanted to see direct protections for responsible homeowners” in the bill.

Becerra was named Assistant to the Speaker of the House for the 110th Congress. Moreover, he defeated Marcy Kaptur of Ohio in his bid to succeed John Larson as Vice-Chair in the 111th Congress by a vote of 175–67. After completing the first term, Becerra successfully sought a second term as Vice-Chair during the 112th Congress in 2011.

Throughout his 111th and 112th Congresses Becerra sat on numerous high-profile committees. Moreover, in March 2010, he was named to the National Commission on Financial Responsibility and Reform. In addition, he was also named to a bicameral conference committee in December 2011.

Committee Assignments

  • Committee on Ways and Means
  • Subcommittee on Oversight
  • Subcommittee on Health
  • Subcommittee on Social Security
  • Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction

Caucus Membership

  • Congressional Hispanic Caucus (Former Chair)
  • Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus
  • Congressional Progressive Caucus

California Attorney General

On December 1, 2016, Becerra accepted Governor Jerry Brown’s offer to become California’s, Attorney General. In addition, he was then confirmed, On January 23, 2017, by the California Legislature. He took over for Kamala Harris, who was elected to the United States Senate. Becerra was then sworn in on January 24, 2017, becoming California’s first Latino attorney general.

Becerra won a full four-year term in 2018 after beating Republican rival Steven Bailey with 61 percent of the vote.

Becerra delivered the Democratic Spanish-language answer to President Trump’s 2019 State of the Union speech while serving as Attorney General.

California Department of Justice reforms

In 2018, Becerra developed an environmental justice branch of the California Department of Justice. Among other projects. However, it opposed the effort to expand San Bernardino International Airport due to concerns regarding air pollution.

Secretary of Health

Becerra was considered a contender for United States Attorney General following Joe Biden’s election as President in November 2020. In early December 2020, the New York Times reported that Biden will nominate Becerra to be Secretary of Health and Human Services.

His candidacy to run the Department of Health and Human Services has been challenged by pro-life and conservative activists led by Students for Life of America, who cite his “lack of health care expertise and disrespect for people of religion.” He was approved by the Senate on a 50-49 vote, with all Democrats present and one Republican, Susan Collins, voting in favor.

Xavier Becerra Height

He has not yet disclosed his actual, height weight, and body measurements.

Xavier Becerra’s Net Worth

His net worth is estimated to be around $ 2 million.

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