Karen Bass

Born:October 3, 1953 (age 69)
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, in Los Angeles, California. She graduated from California State University, Dominguez Hills in 1990 with a Bachelor of Science in health sciences, and from the physician assistant program at the University of Southern California. In 1990, Bass co-founded the Community Coalition, a community-based social justice organization focused on addiction and gang violence. She was a physician's assistant and clinical instructor at USC's Keck School of Medicine's Physician Assistant Program.

From 2005-2010, Bass served in the California Assembly, serving as speaker her last two years, the first African American woman to serve as speaker of a state legislative chamber.

In 2019, Bass became chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus.

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.


Ballotpedia (n.d.). Karen Bass. Retrieved on Oct. 8, 2020, from https://ballotpedia.org/Karen_Bass.

Biographical Directory of the United States Congress (n.d.). Bass, Karen. Retrieved on October 8, 2020, from https://history.house.gov/People/Listing/B/BASS,-Karen-(B001270)/.

Karen Bass. (n.d.). Representative Karen Bass. Retrieved on Oct. 8, 2020 from https://bass.house.gov/about/biography.


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