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Assemblymember Rob Bonta Nominated To Be California's Next Attorney General — 1st Filipino American To Hold That Position

File: California Gov. Gavin Newsom hugs California Assemblymember Rob Bonta during a news conference about the state's efforts on the homelessness crisis on Jan. 16, 2020 in Oakland. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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Democratic California Assemblymember Rob Bonta has been nominated by Gov. Gavin Newsom to be the state's next attorney general. The vacancy is due to Xavier Becerra previously being chosen by President Biden to become secretary of Health and Human Services.

Newsom held a press conference where he officially announced the nomination. He praised Bonta's career and qualifications. Bonta has chaired the California Asian and Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus in the Assembly and was the first Filipino American in the state Legislature. He previously served as a deputy city attorney in San Francisco and was on the Alameda City Council.

Activism organization Californians for Safety and Justice issued a statement in support of the nomination.

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There have been allegations against Bonta that he was among others who "used power in an attempt to gain sexual advantage over young women." Trisha Tahmasbi reiterated her allegations against Bonta following the announcement, alleging that he "used his position of power to intimidate me from reporting years of sex abuse, threats & misconduct perpetrated by his friend, Alberto Torrico."

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