Karen Bass is a Representative from California. Born in Los Angeles in 1953, she earned her B.S. from California State University in 1990 and her P.A. from the University of Southern California.
She was a physician's assistant and on faculty at the University of Southern California, as well as a member of the California state assembly from 2005-2010. She was speaker of the California state assembly from 2008-2010.
She was elected to the 112th and to the two succeeding Congresses (January 3, 2011-present).