Becerra formerly chaired the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and maintains close ties to its members, whose numbers climbed on Election Day.
Reps. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland, Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida and John B. Larson of Connecticut form a trio of homeless leaders. With Pelosi in place, there is no obvious leadership slot for any of them, though predicting where they would end up if Pelosi departed is complicated.
Van Hollen is thought of as a leading contender to be Pelosi’s favored successor, although the climb would be steep for him to contend with Hoyer. There is also chatter in his home state of Maryland that he could become director of the White House Office of Management and Budget.
Wasserman Schultz, the Democratic National Committee chairwoman, has spoken to members about filling an assistant leader slot, but Clyburn is in that job now.
Larson is waiting for Pelosi, but members sometimes speculate he could mount an uphill challenge to Hoyer.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.