News Release

UnidosUS President and CEO Applauds Confirmation of Xavier Becerra as HHS Secretary

March 18, 2021

WASHINGTON, DC—Following the confirmation of Xavier Becerra as Secretary of Health and Human Services, UnidosUS President and CEO Janet Murguía issued this statement:

“The Senate confirmation of Xavier Becerra by a vote of 50 to 49 as the Secretary of Health and Human Services is long overdue but welcome news. We are proud that he is the first Hispanic to serve in the vitally important role of Health and Human Services Secretary and is the fourth Latino/a confirmed to be in the Biden cabinet.

“Xavier Becerra is not only eminently qualified to lead the HHS, he is also the right person at the right time. Not only is our country taking on a once in a century pandemic, the department is at the forefront of a host of important policies for families, including millions of Latino families, including ensuring and expanding health care, overseeing Medicaid and Medicare, addressing chronic diseases and providing aid to children and low-income families.

“This was a needlessly tough nomination fight, but we’re glad that Secretary Becerra can finally get to work doing the right thing for everyone in America. On behalf of UnidosUS, I am pleased to offer my congratulations to the new secretary.”

UnidosUS, previously known as NCLR (National Council of La Raza), is the nation’s largest Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization. Through its unique combination of expert research, advocacy, programs, and an Affiliate Network of nearly 300 community-based organizations across the United States and Puerto Rico, UnidosUS simultaneously challenges the social, economic, and political barriers that affect Latinos at the national and local levels. For more than 50 years, UnidosUS has united communities and different groups seeking common ground through collaboration, and that share a desire to make our country stronger. For more information on UnidosUS, visit or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Christopher Allbritton