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Diane Watson's Biography

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Full Name:

Diane E. Watson





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Birth Place:

Los Angeles, CA

Home City:

Los Angeles, CA



PhD, Educational Administration, Claremont Graduate School, 1987

MA, School Psychology, California State University, Los Angeles, 1958

BA, Education, University of California, Los Angeles, 1955

Attended, Los Angeles City College, 1954

Southern California Regional Whip, United States House of Representatives, present

Representative, United States House of Representatives, 2001-2010

Senator, California State Senate, 1979-1998

Board Member, Los Angeles Unified School District, 1975-1978

Member, California Legislative Black Caucus

Chair, Congressional Entertainment Industries Caucus

Co-Chair, Congressional Korean Caucus

Member, Progressive Caucus

Member, United States-United Kingdom Caucus

Member, Women’s Caucus

Lecturer, California State University, Long Beach

Lecturer, California State University, Los Angeles

Teacher/Administrator, Los Angeles Unified School District, 1958-1976

Project Director, University of California Los Angeles, 1969-1975

Consultant, State of California, 1968-1969

School Psychologist, Los Angeles Unified School District, 1967-1968

Member, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority

Vice Chair, Assembly on State Issues Committee, National Council of State Legislators

Member, California Elected Women for Education & Research

Member, Commission on the Status of Women

Member, (NAACP) National Association for the Advancement of Colored People

President, National Organization of Black Elected Legislators

Member, Social Services Board, National Commission to Prevent Infant Mortality

Member, United Teachers Los Angeles

Member, Urban League

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Health Care, Consumer Protection, Women's Issues, and Children