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These 7 Californians could get jobs in the Biden administration



Few people really know who ends up in President Biden’s administration – and they do not.

It has not stopped violent speculation. Everyone likes to say they were considered a position and it does not seem like it was serious.

As in most situations, California is close to that.

A Californian, Julie Chávez Rodríguez, a veteran of the Obama administration and the granddaughter of César Chávez, has already been hired to serve as director of the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs.

Here are seven other Californians whose names float around:

Julie su

Julie Su was a former state commissioner.

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Julie Su, Secretary of State for Labor and Employment Development Agency

Su’s name has repeatedly come up as a potential candidate for Biden’s Labor Secretary.

She served as state commissioner from 2011 to 2018 before being appointed to head the California Labor Force, which has managed millions of more unemployment claims this year than usual due to the pandemic.

Prior to that, Su was director of litigation for the Asian Pacific American Legal Center in Southern California and co-founder of Sweatshop Watch.

Rep.  Jimmy Gomez

Rep. Jimmy Gomez helped change the agreement between the United States and Mexico-Canada.

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Rep. Jimmy Gomez (D-Los Angeles)

Gomez’s name keeps popping up as a possible US trade representative.

Gomez, a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, worked with the Trump administration in 2019 to amend the agreement between the United States and Mexico-Canada, which was eventually adopted in a two-party vote.

Gomez won another period representing his solid blue district by a large margin in November. But with such a slim democratic majority in Parliament, Biden may not make it even narrower, at least for several months.

Rep.  Karen Bass

Rep. Karen Bass’ name has been mentioned for at least three major jobs – including head of housing and urban development.

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Rep. Karen Bass (D-Los Angeles)

Bass, who was on Biden’s list of possible candidates for vice president, is expected to be considered for a post for plum administration, possibly secretary of housing and urban development.

Her name has also come up as a possible US ambassador to the United Nations given her many years of presence on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, where she chairs the subcommittee overseeing Africa and global health issues.

Bass is approaching a time limit as chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus and does not have a seat in the House leadership. Some prominent black organizations are also pushing for Gavin Newsom’s government to elect her to replace Senate President Kamala Harris.

California Atty.  CEO Xavier Becerra

Supporters hope State Atty. General Xavier Becerra will be appointed to head the Justice Department or join the Senate.

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Atty. CEO Xavier Becerra

Several Latino law firms are pushing Becerra to become a U.S. Attorney.

Becerra replaced Harris as attorney general when she won her Senate seat in 2016. If elected, Becerra would be the second Latino to head the U.S. Department of Justice.

Becerra has spent the past four years suing to stop various Trump administration actions, including orders to end the Obama-era legal protection for people brought to the country illegally as children, and efforts to curb Muslim immigration.

California’s relationship with the federal government is expected to change dramatically with a Democrat in the White House. After more than 100 lawsuits, Becerra would be well positioned to defend the executive in court.

Becerra, a former House member, is also among those believed to be on Newsom’s list for California’s next senator.

Rep.  Adam B. Schiff

Rep. Adam B. Schiff could land an intelligence post – unless Republicans maintain control of the Senate.

(Seema Mehta / Los Angeles Times)

Rep. Adam B. Schiff (D-Burbank)

Trump’s top antagonist during the persecution saga has been hovering over potential leadership roles in the intelligence community.

But supporters acknowledge that Schiff would have a hard time being confirmed for, well, anything if Republicans maintain control of the Senate.

Schiff, who heads the House Intelligence Committee, is among those looking at a possible move to the Senate or perhaps up the leadership ladder in the House. So this is probably just speculation.

California Air Resources Chairman Mary Nichols with Gov.  Gavin Newsom.

Mary Nichols has been mentioned for the Environmental Protection Agency or an advisory role.

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Mary Nichols, Chairman of the Board of Air Resources

Nichols, who is well-respected by environmental activists, could be used to lead the Danish Environmental Protection Agency or become a top adviser in the White House.

She could be particularly attractive because of her experience with the Trump administration’s attempt to revoke California’s authority to set vehicle emission standards that are stricter than federal standards.

Trump managed to weaken this authority, but Biden and his EPA leader could try to reintroduce the rules without Congress.

Nichols’ term on the State Air Resources Board expires in January, and she has experience in the EPA. She has served as Assistant Administrator to the EPA’s Office for Air and Radiation in the Clinton administration and in various other environmental positions since the 1970s.

Mayor Eric Garcetti

Mayor Eric Garcetti, as Biden’s friend and co-chairman of the campaign, could be ready for a number of jobs if he is willing to leave LA

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Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti

Garcetti, a longtime friend of Biden and co-chair of his presidential campaign, has been led as a possible transportation secretary or for another unspecified senior role in the administration.

But Garcetti has two years left in his term, and it will likely be a tough decision to leave LA in the midst of a pandemic – a moment of crisis for the city as tourism and tax dollars dry up.

Times co-author Jennifer Haberkorn contributed to this report.




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