President-elect Joe Biden will nominate California Attorney General Xavier Becerra to lead the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, three sources familiar with the decision said.

Becerra, 62, is a former 12-term member of the House of Representatives and a vigorous defender of the Affordable Care Act who led the defense of the law in the Supreme Court last month, NBC News reports.

The incoming administration has tried to elevate more diverse candidates to frontline positions. Biden offered Becerra the position in a Friday phone call.

In 2016, Becerra was elected in California to run the largest state department of justice in the country, succeeding Vice President-elect Kamala Harris in the position after she was elected to the Senate. His experience in that role, which included working with GOP officials to increase access to new Covid-19 treatments and spearheading legal challenges to opioid manufacturers, all factored into earning him the final nod, according to the individuals who spoke on condition of anonymity ahead of an official announcement planned for Tuesday.

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By Arlene Huff

Arlene Huff is the founding member of Golden State Online. Before that She was a general assignment reporter. A native Californian, she graduated from the University of California with a degree in medical anthropology and global health. She currently lives in Los Angeles.

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