Who is Xavier Becerra's wife? Meet Carolina Reyes

Olivia Olphin December 7, 2020
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Xavier Becerra has just been nominated as Joe Biden’s new health secretary. The news generated a wave of interest in the politician’s personal life. So, who is Xavier Becerra’s wife, Carolina Reyes?

Meet Xavier Becerra, Biden’s nominee for health secretary

Becerra was born on 26 January 1958 in Sacramento, California. He attended the prestigious Stanford University and received his Juris Doctorate from Stanford Law School in 1984.

Becerra is the first Latino person to hold the position of California Attorney General. During his time in the role he has taken the Trump administration to court over the Affordable Care Act and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

Becerra previously served 12 terms in Congress in the House of Representatives. He chaired the House Democratic Caucus as well as being the first Latino to be part of the Ways and Means Committee. In this group, he was committed to fighting for better and fairer trade laws and protecting social security and medicare.

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Becerra is tipped to take on the role of health secretary in Joe Biden’s White House administration. He will oversee America’s coronavirus response as well as heading up the Department of Health and Human Services.

Who is Xavier Becerra’s wife?

Becerra’s wife is Dr. Carolina Reyes. She is a perinatologist, which is an obstetrician with special training in high-risk pregnancy care.

Reyes attended Stanford University and completed her undergraduate degree in human biology. She then studied at Harvard Medical School for her MD.

Reyes has previously been on the California Health Care Foundation board of directors. Before this, she was part of the Institute of Medicine’s Committee, now renamed the National Academy of Medicine, which focused on eliminating racial disparities in health care.

Reyes’ parents were migrant farmworkers and she was the sixth out of eight children. She is originally from the San Joaquin Valley and previously lived in Fresno.

She told the California Health Foundation that:  “As a child, the effects of inadequate access to health care were painfully obvious to me. I remember that I didn’t see physicians who looked like me. It made me want to work with people who were disenfranchised.”

It is believed that Becerra met Reyes while they were both attending Stanford University. The couple have three daughters together: Clarisa, Olivia and Natalia.

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Olivia Olphin is an English Literature graduate and a film and literature fanatic. She has many years of reviewing experience, recently working as accredited press for the London Film Festival. She has also written widely about culture and sex education, as well as LGBTQ+ and women's issues.