Karen Bass
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Karen Bass

Democrat

United States House of Representatives CA-37

California
(202) 225-2422

Addresses

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Washington
918 Pennsylvania Ave
Washington, DC. 20003
Washington, D.C.
2021 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC. 20515
Los Angeles District Office
4929 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 650
Los Angeles, CA. 90010
United States House of Representatives
2241 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC. 20515
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Karen Bass

United States House of Representatives CA-37
Summary
Experience
Funding
67
Years of Age
16
Years of Experience
CAResidence (state)

Karen Ruth Bass (born October 3, 1953) is an American politician serving as the U.S. Representative for California's 37th congressional district since 2011. The district, numbered as the 33rd district for her first term, covers several areas south and west of downtown Los Angeles. A member of the Democratic Party, she previously served for six years in the California State Assembly, the last two as Speaker. On November 28, 2018, Bass was elected chair of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) during the 116th Congress. She also serves as Chair of the United States House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations and United States House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security. Before her election to Congress, Bass represented the 47th district in the California State Assembly (2004–2010). In 2008, she was elected to serve as the 67th Speaker of the California State Assembly, becoming the first African American woman in United States history to serve as a Speaker of a state legislative body. She won the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award in 2010 for her leadership during the Great Recession.

Experience

Education

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California State University, Dominguez Hills
Bachelor of Science
1990
University of Southern California
Alexander Hamilton High School

Past Positions

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Member
Congressional International Conservation Caucus
Current
Assistant Whip
United States House of Representatives
2011 - Current
Representative
United States House of Representatives
2011 - Current
Assembly Member
California State Assembly
2004 - 2010
Speaker
California State Assembly
2008 - 2010
Majority Floor Leader
California State Assembly
2006 - 2008
Founder
Community Coalition
1990 - 2004
Adjunct Instructor
California State University
1989 - 1996
Project Director
Health Careers Opportunity Program
1986 - 1990
Former Clinical Instructor
School of Medicine, University of Southern California
Former Physician's Assistant
University of Southern California Hospital

Other Experience

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Board Member
Homeless Health Care Policy
Current
Member
Coalition for Autism Research and Education (CARE)
Current
Member
Congressional Valley Fever Task Force
Current
Founding Member
8th District Empowerment Congress
2002
Member
Los Angeles School Board
2000
Senior Policy Fellow
School of Public Policy, University of California, Los Angeles
1998
Member
Anti-Drug Coalitions of America
1997
Board Member
California Council on Alcohol
1992 - 1995
Board Member
Liberty Hill Foundation
1990 - 1992
Founder
33rd Congressional Council
Director
Shadow Day, Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth
Former Chair
National Advisory Board, National Leadership Forum Community
Former Member
Ad Hoc Committee on Gangs, Youth, and Violence, Los Angeles City Council
Former National Co-Chair
Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s Women LEAD
Founder
People’s Council
Co-Chair
Foster Youth Caucus
Current
Founder
Congressional Coalition on Adoption
Current
Member
Congressional Social Work Caucus
Current
Member
Congressional Multiple Sclerosis Caucus
Current
Member
Congressional HIV/AIDS Caucus
Current
Member
Congressional Entertainment Industries Caucus
Current
Member
Congressional Military Mental Health Caucus
Current
Member
Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus
Current
Member
Congressional Ethiopia Caucus
Current
Member
Congressional Creative Rights Caucus
Current
Member
Congressional Library of Congress Caucus
Current
Member
Congressional Caucus on Black Men and Boys
Current
Member
Congressional Diabetes Caucus
Current
Member
Congressional Addiction, Treatment and Recovery Caucus
Current
Member
Congressional Progressive Caucus
Current
Member
Congressional Black Caucus
Current
Founder
Foster Youth Caucus
Former Chair
Legislative Black Caucus
Former Chair
Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations, United States House of Representatives
Former Chair
Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security, United States House of Representatives
Former Member
Congressional Professional Caucus
Former Member
Over Criminalization Task Force, United States House of Representatives
Former Vice Chair
Legislative Black Caucus
Founder
Bipartisan Youth Caucus

Campaign Funding

2018
2016
2014
2012
20
18
$882,542
Total Raised
$815,604
Total Spent
$312,339
Cash on Hand

Top Industries

Direct campaign contributions grouped by the industry industry of each donor/PAC.

Largest Contributors

Funding generally from an organization's PAC or its members/employees. Organizations did not donate directly.
Financial Data Source: Center for Responsive Politics