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California attorney general nominee clears state Assembly

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 11: In this file photo, Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-CA) listens during a news conference to discuss the rhetoric of presidential candidate Donald Trump, at the U.S. Capitol, May 11, 2016, in Washington, DC.  Donald Trump is scheduled to meet with Speaker of the House Paul Ryan on Thursday near Capitol Hill. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 11: In this file photo, Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-CA) listens during a news conference to discuss the rhetoric of presidential candidate Donald Trump, at the U.S. Capitol, May 11, 2016, in Washington, DC. Donald Trump is scheduled to meet with Speaker of the House Paul Ryan on Thursday near Capitol Hill. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
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The first chamber of the California Legislature has confirmed U.S. Rep. Xavier Becerra to be the state's next attorney general.

Democrats in the California Assembly voted Friday to support the Los Angeles-area Democrat as the state's top law enforcement official.

Becerra has vowed to defend California's immigration and climate change policies against the incoming Trump administration. He would be California's first Latino attorney general.

Only one Republican, Assemblyman Rocky Chavez of Oceanside, voted to support Becerra. Others said they were not persuaded Becerra would uphold federal law and the Constitution.

Gov. Jerry Brown nominated Becerra to replace Kamala Harris earlier this month after she was elected to the U.S. Senate.

Both houses of the Legislature must approve Becerra. He faces hearings in the California Senate next week.