Becerra served 12 terms as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, becoming a key fixture of the Committee on Ways and Means. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Bloomberg)

President-elect Joe Biden has selected an experienced politician to help lead the government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic and help shape the future of the Affordable Care Act. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra will become secretary of Health and Human Services, pending Senate approval. He helped pass the ACA as a congressman and led the defense of the act in the Supreme Court. He would be the first Hispanic to lead the department.

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