• Becerra, 63, wins confirmation on party-line 50-49 vote
  • Former California attorney general first Latino to hold post

Xavier Becerra was confirmed by the US Senate as health and human services secretary on Thursday, clearing the way for him to take the helm of the sprawling department as the United States battles the Covid-19 pandemic. He is the first Latino to hold the role in US history.

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