SACRAMENTO – Gov. Jerry Brown selected House Democratic Caucus Chairman Xavier Becerra (D-Los Angeles) for attorney general of California, the Los Angeles Times reported.
The current state Attorney General Kamala Harris was elected to the U.S. Senate in November.
Becerra, 58, served 12 terms in Congress and was making a bid to become the ranking Democrat on the powerful House Ways and Means Committee when Brown called him unexpectedly to offer the job, according to the LA Times.
“It’s a phenomenal opportunity,” Becerra said. “It means I get to be home a lot more.”
Becerra, who is the highest-ranking Latino in Congress, would be the state’s first Latino attorney general.