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Attorney General
The name of the state’s next top lawyer is in your hands.

California voters have a chance to pick the state's top lawyer — the attorney general. The person in this job represents the state government in all its lawsuits and oversees the California Department of Justice, which prosecutes both criminal and civil cases on behalf of the state.

Steven Bailey

Age 66

Retired judge

Steven Bailey
Republican

Bailey is a retired judge who spent eight-and-a-half years on the El Dorado County Superior Court. Before that, he was a criminal defense attorney and started his career as deputy director at the State Department of Social Services.

Bailey is an opponent of sanctuary state policy, and in favor of a three-strikes rule for multiple offenders. He is endorsed by the Los Angeles Police Protective League and the National Rifle Association.

Xavier Becerra

Age 60

Incumbent

Xavier Becerra
Democrat

Becerra is the incumbent in the race to become California’s attorney general. He’s the first Latino person to hold the office. Before taking the job, Becerra served as deputy attorney general and was part of the state Assembly.

Becerra is in favor of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which gives work permits and temporary reprieve from deportation to some immigrants who arrived in the U.S. as children. He also supports the Affordable Care Act and has been a public opponent of President Trump’s plans to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.