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Congresswoman Karen Bass

Representing the 37th District of California

Karen Bass Takes Oath of Office, Sworn-In As New Member of Congress

January 5, 2011
Press Release

 

Bass: “Today we must continue the hard work of putting our families back to work.  Communities throughout Los Angeles are struggling like never before. We have a responsibility to strengthen our middle class and serve the underserved that have borne the brunt of this painful recession. We cannot be distracted and let politics interfere with our duty to get the economy back on track for our working men and women.”

Washington, DC – Karen Bass was sworn in today as the new member of congress representing California’s 33rd Congressional District which includes parts of Los Angeles, Hollywood and Culver City. 

Bass is a freshman member of congress and succeeds retiring Congresswoman Diane Watson.

“Today we must continue the hard work of putting our families back to work.  Communities throughout Los Angeles are struggling like never before,” said U.S. Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA). “We have a responsibility to strengthen our middle class and serve the underserved that have borne the brunt of this painful recession. We cannot be distracted and let politics interfere with our duty to get the economy back on track for our working men and women. It is a special honor to have my friend and mentor Congresswoman Diane Watson watch as I take the oath of office. She has honored us all with a legacy of public service and I will work hard every day to match the energy and intellect she brought to this office.”

Prior to her election to congress, Bass served in the California Assembly and was elected to serve as the state’s 67th Speaker, making her the first African-American woman in the country to hold this legislative position. 

She has been selected by Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi to serve on the prestigious Steering and Policy Committee which sets the policy direction of the Democratic Caucus.  Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer of Maryland on Tuesday appointed Bass to serve as an Assistant Whip.