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Karen Bass (born October 3, 1953) is the Speaker of the California State Assembly. She has represented the 47th district since she was first elected in 2004. She is the second woman and third African American to serve as Speaker.

Bass was raised in the Venice/Fairfax neighborhood and went to Hamilton High School. She graduated from California State University, Dominguez Hills (1990, B.S. Health Sciences) and from the University of Southern California Medical School – Physician Assistant Certificate, where she has been a faculty member for more than a decade. Bass worked as a Physician Assistant in the nation’s largest trauma center, Los Angeles County/USC Medical Center. Bass founded the Community Coalition, an organization in South Los Angeles.

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