Xavier Becerra

The Not-So-Special Elections
Of 5 upcoming contests, only Georgia race presents chance of a partisan flip

Karen Handel is hoping to succeed Tom Price in Georgia’s 6th District, but first, she faces an April 18 jungle primary with 17 other candidates. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Money is pouring into the suburbs north of Atlanta, the site of the first competitive congressional election of Donald Trump’s presidency.

Georgia’s 6th District, left vacant by the confirmation of Tom Price as Health and Human Services Secretary, is one of five special elections taking place across the country this spring, but the only one which offers much of a chance of a partisan flip.

Week Ahead Includes Trump Address, Cabinet Confirmations
Zinke’s departure will mark fourth House GOP vacancy

Zinke is expected to resign from his seat after he is confirmed as Interior secretary, creating a fourth House GOP vacancy. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

President Donald Trump will dominate the attention on Capitol Hill with his first address to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday, but lawmakers will also keep moving on confirming his Cabinet nominees and rolling back the previous administration’s regulations.

On Monday, the Senate votes to confirm Wilbur Ross as Commerce secretary. Ross, a billionaire investor, was on Trump’s economic advisory council during the presidential campaign. Senators will also vote Monday evening to end debate on Rep. Ryan Zinke’s nomination to be Interior secretary.

Word on the Hill: Have You Seen ‘Hidden Figures’?
It’s been a big week for Xavier Becerra

Actress Taraji P. Henson plays Katherine Johnson in the film “Hidden Figures.” (Courtesy 20th Century Fox)

A special screening of “Hidden Figures” is today, hosted by the National Women’s History Museum and the Motion Picture Association of America.

Slated to attend is special guest Joylette Hylick, the daughter of NASA space scientist and mathematician Katherine Johnson, the new movie’s central character. Johnson has been honored by NASA with a building at the Langley Research Center named in her honor. Actress Taraji P. Henson portrays her in the movie, which was nominated for three Academy Awards on Tuesday. 

Becerra, Pompeo Prepare to Leave House
Appointments bring the number of the House down by two

California Democratic Rep. Xavier Becerra  will become his state’s attorney general Tuesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Xavier Becerra is expected to be sworn-in as the next attorney general of California Tuesday after he formally resigns from Congress.

The California Democrat had been handpicked for the position by Gov. Jerry Brown shortly after the November election. The state Senate voted to approve his nomination Monday.

The House Version of ‘Law and Order’
A sentencing, some commutations and other House news

Mississippi Rep. Bennie Thompson speaks with New York Rep. Louise M. Slaughter during a press conference by House Democrats in November 2014. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Bennie Thompson’s chief of staff was sentenced Tuesday to four months in prison for failing to file income tax returns.

Issac Lanier Avant was also ordered to pay $149,962 to the IRS for failing to file tax returns from 2009 to 2013 after he had assumed the role of Democratic director for the House Homeland Security Committee, earning more than $165,000, the Justice Department said in a statement.

California Assemblyman Racking Up Endorsements to Replace Becerra
Becerra is in line to replace Kamala Harris as California attorney general

California Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez has racked up a number of high-profile endorsements in his bid to replace Rep. Xavier Becerra in Congress. (Courtesy Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez Facebook page)

Endorsements keep rolling in for California Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez in the race to replace outgoing Democratic Rep. Xavier Becerra.

Gomez has now been endorsed by many local and national Hispanic political leaders, including California Reps. Grace F. Napolitano, Pete Aguilar and Juan C. Vargas, Texas Rep. Filemon Vela and Arizona Rep. Ruben Gallego, the Los Angeles Times reported

Rep. Becerra Named California Attorney General
Highest-ranking Latino in Congress is a player on taxes, immigration

Democratic Caucus Chairman Xavier Becerra, D-Calif., speaks after a September House Democratic caucus meeting. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

House Democratic Caucus Chairman Xavier Becerra said Thursday he was stunned to be tapped by California Gov. Jerry Brown for state attorney general, succeeding Sen.-elect Kamala Harris.

“I was not expecting to make this call neither today and certainly not a week ago but I’m glad I’m making it,” Becerra said in a conference call with reporters.

Levin Leaving Top Democrat Post on Ways and Means Committee
Michigan representative wants to make room for younger members

Rep. Sander M. Levin, D-Mich., will not seek re-election to the ranking member’s position on the Ways and Means Committee. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Rep. Sander M. Levin of Michigan is stepping aside as ranking member on Ways and Means, opening the door to a competition for the tax-writing panel’s top Democratic slot.

Levin, 85, cited two reasons for not seeking re-election to the Ways and Means ranking position in a letter to colleagues.

Crowley Will Not Challenge Pelosi, Announces Bid for Caucus Chair
New York Democrat had declined to rule out bid for minority leader just hours earlier

New York Rep. Joseph Crowley is bidding for the House Democratic caucus chairmanship. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

New York Democratic Rep. Joseph Crowley on Thursday announced that he would run for Democratic Caucus chairman, just hours after he declined to rule out challenging Nancy Pelosi for the House minority leader position.

House Democrats Unsettled About Leadership Next Year
Elections once considered dull now rocked by uncertainty

Assistant Democratic Leader James Clyburn, right, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi have served in leadership roles for more than a decade. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

House Democratic leaders, who until recently anticipated continuing on in those roles next year, are being circumspect about their futures amid signs rank-and-file members, stunned by the election, are agitating for change.