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California’s Becerra Gaining National Clout for Legal Challenges

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra has made the environment a priority.
Photographer: Stephen Lam/Getty Images
This article was first published January 31, 2019 on Bloomberg Environment.

He’s the top law enforcer for the world’s fifth-largest economy, and California Attorney General Xavier Becerra is at the forefront of fighting the Trump administration’s attempts to roll back, weaken, or kill environmental protections.

At home, California’s first Latino attorney general also seeks to represent disadvantaged communities, prevent polluters from harming the environment, and support the state’s regulations on toxic chemicals.

Becerra, 61, oversees an office of more than 4,500 attorneys, peace officers, investigators, and others charged with…

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