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Karen BassNONENon-Partisan Mayor
70
Years of Age
18
Years of Experience
CAResidence (state)

Karen Ruth Bass (born October 3, 1953) is an American politician, social worker and former physician assistant who has served as the 43rd mayor of Los Angeles since 2022. A member of the Democratic Party, Bass previously served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 2011 to 2022 and in the California State Assembly from 2004 to 2010, serving as speaker during her final Assembly term.A Los Angeles native, Bass attended college at California State University, Dominguez Hills and the University of Southern California. She spent her career as a physician assistant and community activist before seeking public office. Before her election to Congress, Bass represented the 47th district in the California State Assembly for six years. 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.Bass was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. She represented California's 33rd congressional district during her first term, though redistricting moved her to the 37th district in 2012. She chaired the Congressional Black Caucus during the 116th Congress.Bass won the 2022 Los Angeles mayoral election. She was ceremonially sworn in on December 11, 2022 by Vice President Kamala Harris. Bass began her term the following day, December 12.

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Campaign Funding

20
18
$882,542
Total Raised
$815,604
Total Spent
$312,339
Cash on Hand
Top Industries  (1 - 4 of 10) View All Industries
99%
TV/Movies/Music$80,655
58%
Lawyers/Law Firms$47,497
51%
Securities & Investment$41,352
45%
Business Services$36,985
43%
Real Estate$35,291
39%
Public Sector Unions$31,750
38%
Retired$30,704
36%
Health Professionals$29,021
29%
Industrial Unions$23,500
29%
Democratic/Liberal$23,500
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
Education5 - 5 of 3
California State University, Dominguez Hills
Bachelor of Science health sciences
1990
University of Southern California
Master of Social Work
2015
Alexander Hamilton High School
1971
Past Positions1 - 12 of 12
Mayor
City of Los Angeles
2022 - Current
Assistant Whip
United States House of Representatives
2011 - 2022
Representative
United States House of Representatives
2011 - 2022
Assembly Member
California State Assembly
2004 - 2010
Speaker
California State Assembly
2008 - 2010
Majority Floor Leader
California State Assembly
2006 - 2008
Member
Congressional International Conservation Caucus
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 Experience1 - 39 of 39
Board Member
Homeless Health Care Policy
Current
Member
Congressional Valley Fever Task Force
Current
Member
Coalition for Autism Research and Education (CARE)
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 Creative Rights Caucus
Current
Member
Congressional Library of Congress Caucus
Current
Member
Congressional Ethiopia Caucus
Current
Member
Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus
Current
Member
Congressional Military Mental Health Caucus
Current
Member
Congressional Entertainment Industries Caucus
Current
Member
Congressional HIV/AIDS Caucus
Current
Member
Congressional Multiple Sclerosis Caucus
Current
Member
Congressional Caucus on Black Men and Boys
Current
Member
Congressional Social Work Caucus
Current
Member
Congressional Progressive Caucus
Current
Member
Congressional Addiction, Treatment and Recovery Caucus
Current
Member
Congressional Diabetes Caucus
Current
Member
Congressional Black Caucus
Current
Founder
Foster Youth Caucus
Former Chair
Legislative Black Caucus
Former Chair
Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security, United States House of Representatives
Former Chair
Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations, United States House of Representatives
Former Member
Over Criminalization Task Force, United States House of Representatives
Former Member
Congressional Professional Caucus
Former Vice Chair
Legislative Black Caucus
Founder
Bipartisan Youth Caucus