Karen Bass

Born:October 3, 1953 (age 66)
Career:U.S. House of Representatives, 2011-present
California State Assembly, 2004-2010
Education:B.S., California State University

Karen Bass assumed office as California's United States Representative in January 2011, representing California's 33rd Congressional District. After redistricting, she was elected to serve the 37th District in 2012. 

Bass was born October 3, 1953, and raised in Los Angeles. She attended San Diego State University from 1971 to 1973 and graduated from California State University, Dominguez Hills in 1990 with a Bachelor of Science in health sciences.

Prior to serving as a United States Representative, Bass was a physician's assistant and clinical instructor at USC's Keck School of Medicine's Physician Assistant Program. She founded the Community Coalition, an organization in Southern Los Angeles. From 2004 to 2010, she served in the California Assembly, and from 2008–2010, she served as the first African American woman speaker of the California Assembly. As the speaker, Bass authored legislation that expanded Healthy Families Insurance coverage, bills to reform schools and improve conditions and services for youth, and legislation reduce dropout rates.

Bass was selected by Nancy Pelosi to serve on the Steering and Policy Committee, which sets the policy direction of the Democratic Caucus. Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer of Maryland appointed Bass to serve as an assistant whip. While serving as a United States Representative, Bass has served on the Committee on Budget and the Committee on Foreign Affairs.

For more information on Bass' policy subject areas, committee appointments and sponsored/co-sponsored legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives, please visit her profile on https://www.congress.gov.


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