Newsom Taps Bonta for State AG

Maurice Ramirez Rob Bonta, pictured here during Gov. Gavin Newsom’s visit to Ruby Bridges Elementary School, is slated to become California’s next Attorney General.

Newsom Taps Bonta for State AG

On Wednesday, March 24, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that he had selected Assemblyman Rob Bonta to serve as the state’s Attorney General (AG).

Bonta’s appointment awaits confirmation by the state Legislature.

If confirmed, Alameda resident and former vice-mayor Bonta will fill the rest of former AG Xavier Becerra’s term. Becerra left his post to serve as Pres. Joseph Biden’s U.S. Health and Human Services secretary.

Bonta will be the first Filipino- American to serve as California’s AG. Newsom announced Bonta’s appointment at San Francisco’s International Hotel in Manilatown Center.

The governor pointed out that Bonta’s parents, Warren and Cynthia, were “steeped in social justice movements,”

Adam Bearm of NBC Bay Area relates that the venue Newsom chose to announce his decision to appoint Bonta is not far from the spot where Bonta’s mother once joined with some 3,000 people “who locked arms and tried in vain to prevent 400 riot police from evicting the mostly Asian tenants of a hotel, so developers could build a parking garage.”

Cynthia also played a role in organizing both Filipino and Mexican American farmworkers for the United Farm Workers.

“Rob represents what makes California great — our desire to take on righteous fights and reverse systematic injustices,” Newsom said when making the announcement.

The governor called Bonta “a national leader in the fight to repair our justice system and defend the rights of every Californian.”

Bonta will have to earn the AG’s seat on his own accord in the November 2022 election. He has already announced that he will run for the seat next year.