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Karen Bass

Born: 3-Oct-1953
Birthplace: Los Angeles, CA

Gender: Female
Religion: Baptist
Race or Ethnicity: Black
Occupation: Politician
Party Affiliation: Democratic

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Congresswoman, California 33rd

Physician's assistant and state legislator elected to US Congress in 2010, succeeding Diane Watson. Progressive Democrat; generally pro-abortion rights, pro-gay rights, anti-gun rights, pro-net neutrality. Formerly Speaker of the California Assembly, the first African-American woman to lead a legislative chamber in the US.

Father: DeWitt Bass (postal worker)
Mother: Wilhelmina Bass (beauty salon owner)
Husband: Jesus Lechuga (m. 1980, div. 1986, one daughter, four stepchildren)
Daughter: Emilia Bass-Lechuga (d. 2006)

    High School: Alexander Hamilton High School, Los Angeles, CA
    University: San Diego State University (attended 1971-73)
    University: BS Health Sciences, California State University Dominguez Hills
    Teacher: Health Communication, University of Southern California

    US Congressman, California 33rd (2011-)
    California State Assembly 47th (2004-10)
    Community Coalition Founder & Director (1991-2004)
    Kerry Victory 2004
    Obama for Illinois
    Obama for America

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