Xavier Becerra tapped to be Health and Human Services secretary by Biden


Presumed President-elect Joseph R. Biden has reportedly turned to a California attorney general to fill out his administration — again.

Xavier Becerra, who also had been a Democratic congressman from California, is Mr. Biden‘s pick to be secretary of health and human service and lead the national coronavirus fight, according to a report Sunday in the New York Times.

Citing “people familiar with the transition’s deliberations,” the Times reported that Mr. Becerra was the former vice president’s clear choice despite currently having a job more associated with law enforcement and legal issues.

According to the Times, Mr. Becerra was considered a likelier choice for attorney general.

Mr. Biden selected a former California attorney general, Sen. Kamala D. Harris, to be his vice-presidential running mate.

There was no immediate world on an official announcement, but, the Times reported, the Biden transition team has been running into recent static from Hispanic-advocacy groups about the lack of Latinos in the early Cabinet-level appointments.

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