In an interview with NBC's Chuck Todd this afternoon, Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-Los Angeles) said he was thankful for the "chance to make a big difference" for millions of Californians after being announced as Gov. Jerry Brown's choice to replace California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris.
Appearing on MSNBC, Becerra was coy when asked whether he would rule out campaigns for governor or U.S. Senate in 2018.
"I'll be gratified if I can make sure I can get confirmed to be the next attorney general," Becerra said, sidestepping the question. "Right now I'm thrilled that the governor would put this confidence in me to be the next AG."
If confirmed by the state Senate and Assembly, both of which are controlled by Democrats, Becerra would become the state's first Latino attorney general.
Becerra, the highest-ranking Latino member of the House of Representatives, said Brown's nomination was an opportunity he couldn't pass up.
"You've got to make a difference for your country when you're given a chance, and I was given a chance to make a big difference not just for my country, but for my state," Becerra said. He called California's leaders "as forward-leaning as you find" and vowed to be both "the defender and advocate" for the state's interests.