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California Senate leader Kevin de León won't run for Xavier Becerra's congressional seat, source says

Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León praised the appointment of Rep. Xavier Becerra as California's attorney general. (David Butow / For The Times)
Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León praised the appointment of Rep. Xavier Becerra as California's attorney general. (David Butow / For The Times)

California Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León on Thursday lauded the appointment of Rep. Xavier Becerra as state attorney general, while a source close to the Senate leader said he has no plans to run for Becerra’s congressional seat when it is vacated.

"He is a leader of courage, compassion and keen legal intellect," De León said in a statement Thursday in reaction to the appointment of his fellow Los Angeles Democrat to the post.

“This is also the perfect matching of man and moment, given that California's prosperity and people are currently under threat by a hostile Trump administration,” De León added. “Xavier will serve as a guardian of the Constitution and an ultimate check and balance against the forces of division and scapegoating that are mobilizing in Washington.”

De León is focused on continuing to serve as leader of the state Senate and does not plan to run for Becerra’s congressional seat, according to a source close to the senator who was not authorized to speak about the matter publicly and requested anonymity.

The Senate leader alluded to his focus on state office in his statement on Becerra.

“As the president of our state Senate, I look forward to working with him side-by-side to defend California’s progress every day for the next two years," De León said.

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