As Assembly Speaker Karen Bass (D-Los Angeles) marks the one-year anniversary of her historic election as the first African-American woman Speaker of a State Assembly this May, the U.S. House of Representatives today unanimously passed House Resolution 49 in honor of Bass's achievement.
Bass made the following statement:
"It is an honor to have this resolution passed by the House of Representatives and an honor to have it introduced by Congresswoman Diane Watson, someone I greatly admire and respect."
H.R. 49 reads as follows...
Honoring Karen Bass for becoming the first African-American woman elected Speaker of the California State Assembly.
Whereas Karen Bass made history as the first African-American woman to serve as Speaker in a State legislative body in the United States;
Whereas Karen Bass was sworn in as the 67th Speaker of the California State Assembly on May 13, 2008;
Whereas Karen Bass was elected in 2005 to represent California's 47th Assembly District;
Whereas Karen Bass represents Culver City, West Los Angeles, Westwood, Cheviot Hills, Ladera Heights, the Crenshaw District, Little Ethiopia, Baldwin Hills, and parts of Korea Town and South Los Angeles;
Whereas Karen Bass in her first term was appointed to Majority Whip;
Whereas Karen Bass in her second term was elevated to the post of Majority Floor Leader, making her the first woman to hold the post and the second African-American to serve in the position;
Whereas Karen Bass founded and operated Community Coalition before becoming an elected official, which is a community based social justice organization in South Los Angeles empowering people to make a difference in the community;
Whereas Karen Bass graduated from Hamilton High School, California State University at Dominquez Hills, and the University of Southern California's School Of Medicine; and
Whereas Karen Bass was raised in the Venice/Fairfax area of Los Angeles with her parents DeWitt and Wilhelmina Bass:
Now, therefore, be it Resolved,
That the House of Representatives- (1) honors Karen Bass for becoming the first African-American woman Speaker of the California State Assembly; and (2) expresses support for the California State Assembly as it welcomes Karen Bass as its 67th Speaker.