By Michael P. Neufeld
Sacramento, CA – Congressman Xavier Becerra (D-Los Angeles/34) is a step closer to becoming California’s first Latino Attorney General succeeding Kamala Harris who was elected in November to the U.S. Senate from California.
All but one Republican — including Assemblyman Jay Obernolte (R-Big Bear Lake/33) — voted against Becerra’s confirmation in the Assembly but his nomination by Governor Jerry Brown advanced to the State Senate on a 56-23 vote.
The lone Republican voting in favor of the confirmation was Rocky Chavez (R-Oceanside/76).
Following the vote, Obernolte stated:
“While Congressman Becerra possesses many of the qualifications necessary in an Attorney General, many of his positions on constitutional issues deeply concern me. His stances on both the 1st and 2nd Amendments clearly don’t align with my values or those of my constituents.
“California’s Attorney General should be committed to protecting these Constitutional rights.”
SENATE VOTE NEXT
The State Senate is scheduled to vote on the 58-year-old Becerra’s confirmation this coming week with an appearance before the Senate Rules Committee on January 18 for committee members to ask him questions.
With the current make-up of the Senate showing 27 Democrats and 13 Republicans, the nomination is expected to be confirmed.
Becerra was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1992.
Prior to his election to Congress, Becerra served one term in the State Assembly representing the 59th District in Los Angeles County. He is a former Deputy Attorney General with the California Department of Justice.