The state Legislature confirmed Democratic Assemblyman Rob Bonta as California attorney general on Thursday, backing the appointment of an advocate for criminal justice reform who told his colleagues in hearings this week that he would hold law enforcement accountable for excessive force and other misconduct.
Bonta, 49, will be the first Filipino American to serve as the state’s top cop when he takes the oath of office to head the Department of Justice at a ceremony on Friday. He was previously the first Filipino American to serve in the state Assembly when he was elected in 2012 representing an East Bay Area district that also includes Oakland and San Leandro.
“Assemblyman Bonta will bring his passion for justice and his concern about people to every aspect of this important job,” Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) said during the floor debate before the 29-6 confirmation vote.
Bonta was emotional as he thanked his colleagues in the Assembly, where the vote was a bipartisan 62-0.
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