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Karen Bass' Biography


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4929 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 650
Los Angeles, CA 90010

2021 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Full Name:

Karen Bass




Divorced: Jesus Lechuga; 1 Child: Emilia (deceased); 4 Stepchildren: Scythia, Omar, Yvette, and Ollin

Birth Date:


Birth Place:

Los Angeles, CA

Home City:

Los Angeles, CA



PA, University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine

BS, Health Sciences, California State University at Dominguez Hills, 1990

Representative, United States House of Representatives, District 37, 2011-present

Assistant Whip, United States House of Representatives, 2011-present

Member, Congressional International Conservation Caucus, present

Candidate, United States House of Representatives, District 37, 2018

Speaker, California State Assembly, 2008-2010

Assembly Member, California State Assembly, 2004-2010

Majority Floor Leader, California State Assembly, 2006-2008

Member, Congressional Addiction, Treatment and Recovery Caucus, present

Member/Whip, Congressional Black Caucus, present

Member, Congressional Caucus on Black Men and Boys, present

Founder, Congressional Coalition on Adoption, present

Member, Congressional Creative Rights Caucus, present

Member, Congressional Diabetes Caucus, present

Member, Congressional Entertainment Industries Caucus, present

Member, Congressional Ethiopia Caucus, present

Member, Congressional HIV/AIDS Caucus, present

Member, Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus, present

Member, Congressional Library of Congress Caucus, present

Member, Congressional Military Mental Health Caucus, present

Member, Congressional Multiple Sclerosis Caucus, present

Member, Congressional Progressive Caucus, present

Member, Congressional Social Work Caucus, present

Co-Chair, Foster Youth Caucus, present

Founder, Bipartisan Youth Caucus

Former Member, Congressional Professional Caucus

Founder, Foster Youth Caucus

Former Chair, Legislative Black Caucus

Former Vice Chair, Legislative Black Caucus

Former Member, Over Criminalization Task Force, United States House of Representatives

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 Clinical Instructor, School of Medicine, University of Southern California

Former Physician's Assistant, University of Southern California Hospital

Founder/Executive Director, Community Coalition, 1990-2004

Adjunct Instructor, California State University, 1989-1996

Project Director, Health Careers Opportunity Program, 1986-1990

Member, Coalition for Autism Research and Education (CARE), present

Member, Congressional Valley Fever Task Force, present

Board Member, Homeless Health Care Policy, present

Founder, 33rd Congressional Council

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

Former Chair, National Advisory Board, National Leadership Forum Community

Founder, People’s Council

Director, Shadow Day, Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth

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


John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award

Father's Name:

DeWitt Bass

Mother's Name:

Wilhelmina Bass

Number of Grandchildren: