“I’ve been to Connecticut. I’ve been to Ohio. I’ve been to Michigan. I’ve been to Illinois,” says Becerra who has been to those states not only as President Barack Obama’s surrogate but also to campaign for fellow Democrats.
“Xavier is tremendous on the campaign trail because he doesn’t come across as a slick, professional politician,” says political consultant William Orozco. “People trust him. Voters listen to him. He has all those Middle American values that are invaluable in a campaign.”
Becerra does it with a self-deprecating charm that warms people to him. He also loves to portray himself as a policy wonk who could not possibly have a political future.
“I’m certainly not the best at politics,” he says.
But all that political work on behalf of Democrats has not gone unnoticed by both party leaders and the rank and file who have benefited from his efforts.
Xavier Becerra could be moving up the Democrat political ladder
Becerra, 53, has also emerged as someone who could move up the leadership ladder in the coming years. He is now a member of the new budget-cutting “supercommittee”—Congress’s 12-member joint deficit-reduction panel.
It is a position that has been made all that more important in light of the economic recession and the focus of the presidential campaign on reducing the national deficit.