The selection of California Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra for a post in the Cabinet of President-elect Joe Biden provides Gov. Gavin Newsom a chance to make a plum appointment but also puts him under pressure from many of his progressive allies to pick a successor willing to overhaul a criminal justice system that is under attack for being overly punitive and discriminatory.
Biden announced Monday that he has picked Becerra to serve as Health and Human Services secretary. If Becerra is confirmed by the U.S. Senate early next year, Newsom will appoint a new state attorney general to serve out