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Xavier Becerra

Secretary, US Department of Health and Human Services

Xavier Becerra is secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, the first Latino to hold this office. He was previously attorney general of California for four years, prioritizing health and health care including leading a lengthy federal court fight to save the ACA. Becerra served twelve terms in the US House of Representatives, where he was the first Latino on the Ways and Means Committee, the ranking member of its Subcommittee on Social Security, and chairman of the House Democratic Caucus. He previously served one term in the California Legislature. 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.

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