First elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1992, Representative Xavier Becerra serves as Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, is a member of the powerful Committee on Ways And Means and is Ranking Member of the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Social Security.

His committee is responsible for formulating our nation’s tax, Social Security, Medicare, trade and income security laws. As Chairman of the Democratic Caucus, Rep. Becerra wields a strong voice in House Democratic leadership, helping to set priorities and drive the legislative decision making process.

He has dedicated himself to promoting issues affecting industries critical to the economic vitality of the Southern California region such as health care, high technology, entertainment, and stimulating free, yet fair, trade.

The first Latino to serve on the Ways and Means Committee, Rep. Becerra has used his position to increase opportunities for working families, to improve the Social Security program for women and minorities, to combat poverty among the working poor, and to strengthen Medicare and ensure its long-term viability. In 2010, Rep. Becerra served on the bipartisan National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform.

Rep. Becerra is a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) where he served as Chair during the 105th Congress (1997-98). The Congressman is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus.

Rep. Becerra also serves on the Smithsonian Board of Regents, a distinguished panel of 17 men and women who oversee the Smithsonian Institution’s expansive collection.  In 2011, he was appointed to serve on the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture Council. Rep. Becerra has led a decade long effort to establish the National Museum of the American Latino and ensure that we remember and celebrate the history of America’s diverse communities.

Prior to his election to Congress, Rep. Becerra served one term in the California Legislature as the representative of the 59th Assembly District in Los Angeles County. He is a former Deputy Attorney General with the California Department of Justice. The congressman began his legal career in 1984 working in a legal services office representing the mentally ill.

Rep. Becerra is the son of working-class parents and was the first in his family to graduate from college. His mother was born in Jalisco, Mexico and immigrated to the United States after marrying his father. In 1980, Rep. Becerra earned his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Stanford University. He was awarded his Juris Doctorate from Stanford Law School in 1984. Rep. Becerra is married to Dr. Carolina Reyes. They are the proud parents of three daughters: Clarisa, Olivia and Natalia.


Current Opportunities for Congressman Xavier Becerra

Internship with Congressman Becerra

Opportunity Type: Internship
Description: Learn about the inner workings of Congress with a fun and fast-paced office! Congressman Xavier Becerra, Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus and a senior member of the Committee on Ways and Means has opportunities for unpaid interns for the Spring 2014 quarter/semester in his Washington D.C office. Responsibilities include general administrative tasks such as answering phones, sorting mail, entering constituent mail, entering constituent information into Capitol Correspond, and running errands. Interns also assist legislative and press staff with researching and analyzing issues for hearings, speeches, and talking points. Interns may also have the opportunity to draft constituent letters, Dear Colleagues, press releases, briefing memos and statements for the Congressional record. Applicants should be motivated, detail-orientated, and possess excellent verbal and written communications skills. 

Contact Information

Congressman Xavier Becerra
1226 Longworth HOB
Washington , DC 20515