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Xavier Becerra Considers Leaving Health Secretary Role To Join California Governor Race

Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra is said to be contemplating leaving his current position to enter the race for governor of California. 

This would further intensify the competition among Democratic candidates who are seeking to replace Gavin Newsom. 

Becerra is reportedly considering entering the 2026 gubernatorial race after discussing with associates and colleagues his intent to leave Washington and succeed Gavin Newsom. 

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Key figures in the Democratic field include state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond, former California Senate president pro tempore Toni Atkins, and Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis.

California Attorney General Rob Bonta is expected to announce his candidacy, adding to the competitive primary race.

Xavier Becerra, the current Health and Human Services Secretary, previously served as California’s attorney general. 

He made history as the first Latino to hold both positions. 

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Becerra, who has served in the House of Representatives for more than two decades, brings a wealth of political experience to California’s gubernatorial race. 

During his time in the Biden administration, he showed strong leadership in the response to COVID-19 and played a crucial role in managing the vaccine rollout.

Becerra, despite facing criticism for his limited public health training and experience, has been a strong advocate for essential administration policies focused on reducing drug prices and protecting abortion rights. 

President Biden’s recent visits across the country have brought attention to his advocacy on reproductive rights, underscoring his commitment to ensuring women’s access to necessary healthcare. 

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Becerra has consistently opposed restrictive abortion measures, referring to them as forms of “medical apartheid,” explicitly targeting Florida’s governor for implementing a six-week abortion ban.

Xavier Becerra declined to confirm his intentions regarding a potential gubernatorial bid when questioned. 

He confirmed the speculation, stating that he is legally obligated to fulfill his role as Secretary of HHS, but he values the support for his potential candidacy. 

Becerra highlighted his commitment to carrying out his responsibilities in the administration, stating his duty to serve as Secretary of Health and Human Services.

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Becerra has been involved in discussions about healthcare policies and the future of the Democratic Party’s platform in recent engagements. 

His appearances have highlighted the significance of safeguarding democratic principles, particularly in the face of persistent challenges to reproductive rights and healthcare access. 

Becerra’s potential transition to the California governor race is a noteworthy development in his political career, indicating a possible move back to state-level leadership following his time in federal office.

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