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|U.S. House, California, District 37|
|January 3, 2015|
|Years in position||3|
|Predecessor||Diane Watson (D)|
|Assistant Whip, United States House of Representatives|
|Speaker, California Assembly|
|Majority Floor Leader, California Assembly|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|Cost per vote||$3.88 in 2012|
|First elected||November 2, 2010|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Bachelor's||California State University, Dominguez Hills|
|Birthday||October 3, 1953|
|Place of birth||Los Angeles, California|
|Profession||Physician Assistant, Instructor, Health Non-Profit|
- 1 Career
- 2 Committee assignments
- 3 Issues
- 3.1 Legislative actions
- 3.1.1 113th Congress
- 3.1.2 National security
- 3.1.3 Economy
- 3.1.4 Immigration
- 3.1.5 Healthcare
- 3.1.6 Social issues
- 3.1.7 Previous congressional sessions
- 3.2 State budget crisis
- 3.3 Redistricting
- 3.4 Legislative scorecard
- 3.5 Sponsored legislation
- 3.1 Legislative actions
- 4 Elections
- 5 Campaign donors
- 6 Fined over gift disclosure
- 7 Analysis
- 8 Personal
- 9 Recent news
- 10 External links
- 11 References
Bass most recently won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing California's 37th District. She defeated Morgan Osborne (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012. She was displaced from her former district, the 33rd by redistricting.
Bass began her political career in the California State Assembly, where she served from 2005 to 2010. From 2006 to 2008 she was Majority Floor Leader of the assembly. She then served as Speaker for her final two assembly years.
Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Bass is an average Democratic member of Congress, meaning she will vote with the Democratic Party on the majority of bills.
Below is an abbreviated outline of Bass's academic, professional and political career:
- 1990: Graduated from California State University, Dominguez Hills with B.S.
- 2005-2010: California State Assembly
- 2006-2008: Majority Floor Leader
- 2008-2010: Speaker of the California Assembly
- 2011-Present: U.S. House of Representatives, California's 33rd congressional district
- 2011-Present: Assistant Whip
Bass serves on the following committees:
- Foreign Affairs Committee
- Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations, Ranking Member
- Judiciary Committee
- Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet
- Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations
Bass served on the following committees:
- Budget Committee
- Foreign Affairs Committee
- Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health and Human Rights Ranking Member
- Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations
The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1 percent) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session. For more information pertaining to Bass's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.
National Defense Authorization Act
Bass voted against HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.
Department of Homeland Security Appropriations
Bass voted against HR 2217 - the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 that was largely along party lines.
Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act
Bass voted against HR 624 - the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act. The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities. The bill was largely supported by Republicans but divided the Democratic Party.
Federal Statutory Pay Adjustment Elimination
Bass voted against HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees. The bill passed the House on February 15, 2013, with a vote of 261 - 154. The bill would prevent a 0.5% pay increase for all federal workers from taking effect, saving the federal government $11 billion over 10 years.
Morton Memos Enforcement Prohibition
Bass voted against House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States. The vote largely followed party lines.
Health Care Reform Rules
Bass voted against House Amendment 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The amendment was adopted by the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 227-185. The amendment requires that all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.
Bass voted against HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The resolution passed the House on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 228 - 196 that largely followed party lines. The purpose of the bill is to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.
Previous congressional sessions
Bass voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. She was 1 of 172 Democrats that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.
State budget crisis
As the state of California faced ongoing budget deficits and turmoil in 2009, Joe Mathews of Blockbuster Democracy wrote, "No one understands the political dynamics of volatile state revenues better than Ms. Bass....after negotiating three rounds of budget cuts in the past year she has grown weary of deficit politics."
The California Commission on the 21st Century Economy, a commission Bass pushed to create at the end of 2008, announced at the end of July 2009 that it recommends that California adopt a flat, or flatter, personal income tax and cut or repeal corporate and sales taxes. The commission was asked to provide recommendations to reduce the volatility in tax revenues.
Capitol Weekly, California's major weekly periodical covering the state legislature, publishes an annual legislative scorecard to pin down the political or ideological leanings of every member of the legislature based on how they voted on an assortment of bills in the most recent legislative session. The 2009 scores were based on votes on 19 bills, but did not include how legislators voted on the Proposition 1A (2009). On the scorecard, "100" is a perfect liberal score and "0" is a perfect conservative score. ,
On the 2009 Capitol Weekly legislative scorecard, Bass ranked as a 91.
Bass's sponsored legislation while a member of the state legislature includes:
- AB 262 - American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan
- AB 1327 - State Capitol Sustainability Task Force
- AB 1402 - Family connection grants
For details and a full listing of sponsored bills, see the House site.
Bass won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing California's 37th District as a Democrat. She was displaced from her former district, the 33rd by redistricting. She and Morgan Osborne (R) advanced past the blanket primary on June 5, 2012. Bass went on to defeat Osborne in the general election on November 6, 2012.
|U.S. House, California District 37 General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||Karen Bass Incumbent||86.4%||207,039|
|Source: California Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"|
|California State Assembly District 47|
|Karen Bass (D)||134,003|
|Lady Cage-Barile (R)||23,642|
Comprehensive donor information for Bass is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Bass raised a total of $1,625,269 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 22, 2013.
|Karen Bass's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||US House (California, District 37)||$692,988|
|2010||US House (California, District 33)||$932,281|
|Grand Total Raised||$1,625,269|
|Karen Bass (2014) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|April Quarterly||April 15, 2013||$52,384.92||$108,171.00||$(57,619.01)||$102,936.91|
|July Quarterly||July 15, 2013||$102,936.91||$109,465.00||$(76,540.95)||$135,860.96|
|October Quarterly||October 15, 2013||$135,860.96||$71,295.00||$(67,980.25)||$139,175.71|
Bass won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Bass's campaign committee raised a total of $692,988 and spent $803,966. This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.
Cost per vote
Bass spent $3.88 per vote received in 2012.
|U.S. House, California District 37, 2012 - Karen Bass Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by Election Runner-up||$0|
|Total Spent by Election Runner-up||$0|
|Top contributors to Karen Bass's campaign committee|
|American Academy of Physician Assistants||$10,000|
|American Postal Workers Union||$10,000|
|Carpenters & Joiners Union||$10,000|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|Public Sector Unions||$42,000|
His top 5 contributors between 2009-2010 were:
|U.S. House, California District 33, 2010 - Karen Bass Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by General Election Opponent||$27,917|
|Total Spent by General Election Opponent||$24,917|
|Top contributors to Karen Bass's campaign committee|
|California Assn of Physician Groups||$12,650|
|National Amusements Inc||$12,600|
|Service Employees International Union||$11,300|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|Building Trade Unions||$31,900|
Below are Bass's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2008 election:
|CA Building Industry Assoc||$20,036|
|California Democratic Party||$16,613|
|California Teachers Association||$14,400|
|Service Employees Local 721||$14,400|
|Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters||$14,400|
Fined over gift disclosure
Ideology and leadership
The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.
Bass most often votes with:
Bass least often votes with:
Lifetime voting record
According to the website GovTrack, Bass missed 126 of 1,695 roll call votes from January 2011 to March 2013. This amounts to 7.4%, which is worse than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.
Congressional staff salaries
The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Bass paid her congressional staff a total of $860,092 in 2011. She ranked 16th on the list of the lowest paid Democratic representative staff salaries and ranked 106th overall of the lowest paid representative staff salaries in 2011. Overall, California ranked 5th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Bass's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $195,006 and $501,000. That averages to $348,003, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2011 of $5,107,874. Her average net worth decreased by 24.02% from 2010.
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Bass' net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $265,005 and $651,000. That averages to $458,002.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2010 of $4,465,875.
National Journal vote ratings
- See also: National Journal vote ratings
Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Bass ranked 15th in the liberal rankings in 2012.
Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Bass ranked 30th in the liberal rankings.
Voting with party
Bass voted with the Democratic Party 94.9% of the time, which ranked 122nd among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.
Bass is divorced and has one child.
This section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the term Karen + Bass + California + House
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- Media appearances:
- Media coverage:
- CNN "California Districts Race - 2012 Election Center"
- Los Angeles Times "Tony Strickland, Karen Bass set for congressional runs," Accessed March 4, 2012
- Biographical Director of the United States Congress "Karen Bass," Accessed November 12, 2011
- CQ.com - Roll Call, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed January 18, 2013
- Representative Karen Bass, Proudly Representing the 33rd District of California "Committees and Caucuses"
- Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
- Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
- Project Vote Smart, "HR 1960 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "HR 2217 - Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "HR 624 - Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed September 16, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- Project Votesmart, "H Amdt 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
- Wall Street Journal, "Democrats for a Flat Tax?", July 11, 2009
- From The Capitol, "Redistricting Commission repeal gets boost from House Dems", February 2, 2010
- Capitol Weekly, "Capitol Weekly's Legislative Scorecard", December 17, 2009
- Fox and Hounds Daily, "Random Thoughts on the Political Scene", December 18, 2009
- Capitol Weekly", Downloadable 2009 Capitol Weekly State Legislative Scorecard
- California Secretary of State, Official candidate list
- Unofficial election results
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
- California State Assembly election results
- Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Karen Bass," Accessed March 22, 2013
- Federal Election Commission "Karen Bass Summary Report," Accessed July 23, 2013
- Federal Election Commission "Karen Bass April Quarterly," Accessed July 23, 2013
- Federal Election Commission "Karen Bass July Quarterly," Accessed July 23, 2013
- Federal Election Commission "Karen Bass October Quarterly," Accessed October 21, 2013
- Open Secrets "Karen Bass 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 20, 2013
- Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013
- Open Secrets "Karen Bass 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 12, 2011
- Follow the Money - 2008 Campaign contributions
- Sacramento Bee, "California lawmakers agree to pay fines over gift disclosure," February 2, 2010
- Gov Track "Karen Bass," Accessed June 7 2013
- OpenCongress, "Karen Bass," Accessed July 31, 2013
- GovTrack, "Karen Bass," Accessed April 2, 2013
- LegiStorm "Karen Bass"
- OpenSecrets.org, "Bass, (D-Cali), 2011"
- OpenSecrets.org, "Bass, (D-Cali), 2010"
- National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 21, 2013
- National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
- OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
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| Succeeded by|
|California Assembly - District 47
| Succeeded by|
Holly J. Mitchell
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