|U.S. Representative from California's 31st Congressional District|
From: January 3, 1993 - Present
|Predecessor||Edward R. Roybal|
|Successor||Incumbent (no successor)|
Xavier Becerra (born January 26, 1958 in Sacramento, California), a Democrat, is the United States Representative for California's 34th congressional district, representing Los Angeles. Previously he served one-term in the California State Assembly. Becerra is a staunch liberal, and was appointed to the new position of "assistant to the Speaker" by Nancy Pelosi, where he helped set priorities for the Democratic Party's agenda. He is also a member of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee.
In 2001, Becerra unsuccessfully sought the Democratic nomination for Mayor of Los Angeles, but finished fifth behind former Assembly Speaker Antonio Villaraigosa.
Democrat IT scandal
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Becerra hired Imran Awan in 2004. When Becerra became chairman of the Democratic Caucus in 2013, that office began paying Imran's wife Alvi $25,000 to $30,000 a year in addition to the payments from Becerra’s personal office, meaning he was responsible for far more of the payments to the Awan family than any other member. By 2016, Becerra put Imran's brother Abid on his payroll as well. Becerra paid Imran at least $130,811. Becerra never reported any of Awan's illegal activities to the police, which Becerra was aware of.