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Karen Bass
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California’s 37th district
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 3, 2013
Preceded by Laura Richardson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California’s 33rd district
In office
January 3, 2011 â€“ January 3, 2013
Preceded by Diane Watson
Succeeded by Henry Waxman
Speaker of the California Assembly
In office
May 13, 2008 â€“ March 1, 2010
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
Preceded by Fabian Núñez
Succeeded by John Pérez
Member of the California State Assembly
from the 47th district
In office
December 6, 2004 â€“ December 6, 2010
Preceded by Herb Wesson
Succeeded by Holly Mitchell
Personal details
Born Karen Ruth Bass
(1953-10-03) October 3, 1953 (age 63)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Jesus Lechuga (1980–1986)
Children 1 daughter
4 stepchildren
Education San Diego State University
California State University, Dominguez Hills (BS)
Website House website
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I have been a lifelong community activist and frankly did not dream of being in public office.
Karen Bass
You know, I was a community activist, so I'm used to standing out in front of an elected official's office and protesting.
Karen Bass
When I was in my early 20s, I studied tae kwon do and hapkido. I earned brown belts in both of them.
Karen Bass
It's so much easier to throw rocks than it is to govern.
I think that women are much more collaborative; men are much more competitive.
Karen Bass
My father was from the South and turned me into a news junkie at a very early age. I would sit and watch TV with him.
Karen Bass