California Gov. Gavin Newsom nominated state Assembly member Rob Bonta to be legal professional basic. He could possibly be the first Filipino American to carry the workplace.
In an announcement Wednesday, the governor hailed Bonta’s historical past as a Democratic legislator main efforts to ban for-profit prisons, strengthen renter protections and expunge legal information for minor marijuana fees.
If accredited by the state legislature, Bonta would fill the seat vacated by Xavier Becerra, who lately grew to become the secretary of well being and human providers within the Biden administration.
“Rob represents what makes California great — our desire to take on righteous fights and reverse systematic injustices,” Newsom said in a information launch. “Growing up with parents steeped in social justice movements, Rob has become a national leader in the fight to repair our justice system and defend the rights of every Californian.”
Bonta is the son of civil rights activists. His mom, a Filipina immigrant, fought for tenants’ rights in San Francisco within the Seventies. Both his dad and mom labored alongside legendary organizers Dolores Huerta and Cesar Chavez within the motion for farmworkers’ rights.
Bonta made historical past in 2012 when he was elected to the state Assembly to symbolize Oakland, Alameda and San Leandro, and have become California’s first Filipino American state legislator.
Bonta’s appointment to the highest justice publish within the state comes as assaults on Asian Americans have risen dramatically, notably in his house area of the San Francisco Bay Area.
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