President-elect Joe Biden has selected California Attorney General Xavier Becerra as his nominee for Health and Human Services Secretary, multiple outlets reported Sunday and confirmed to McClatchy by a source familiar with the decision.
Becerra was a surprise choice and only became the frontrunner in the past few days, according to The New York Times, which first reported the news. He will have to be confirmed by the Senate in order to get the position.
Becerra has become well-known for suing President Donald Trump’s administration on California’s behalf more than 100 times. He’s been on the front lines of trying to defend the Affordable Care Act, preserve environmental regulations and protecting undocumented immigrants.