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Karen Bass
Karen Bass.jpeg
U.S. House, California, District 37
Incumbent
In office
2011-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 3
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorDiane Watson (D)
Leadership
Assistant Whip, United States House of Representatives
2011-present
Speaker, California Assembly
2008-2010
Majority Floor Leader, California Assembly
2006-2008
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$3.88 in 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$1,625,269
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
California Assembly
2004-2010
Education
Bachelor'sCalifornia State University, Dominguez Hills
Personal
BirthdayOctober 3, 1953
Place of birthLos Angeles, California
ProfessionPhysician Assistant, Instructor, Health Non-Profit
Net worth$348,003
ReligionChristian
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Karen Ruth Bass (b. October 3, 1953, in Los Angeles, California) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House representing California's 37th congressional district. Bass was first elected to the House in 2010.

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.[1] She was displaced from her former district, the 33rd by redistricting.[2]

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.

Bass is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014.

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.

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Bass's academic, professional and political career:[3]

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Bass serves on the following committees:[4]

  • 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

2011-2012

Bass served on the following committees:[5]

Issues

Legislative actions

113th Congress

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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.[6] For more information pertaining to Bass's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[7]

National security

National Defense Authorization Act

Voted "No" 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.[8]

Department of Homeland Security Appropriations

Voted "No" 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.[9]

Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act

Voted "No" 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.[10]

Economy

Federal Statutory Pay Adjustment Elimination

Voted "No" 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.[11]

Immigration

Morton Memos Enforcement Prohibition

Voted "No" 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.[12] The vote largely followed party lines.[13]

Healthcare

Health Care Reform Rules

Voted "No" 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.[14]

Social issues

Abortion

Voted "No" 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.[15]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" 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.[16]

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."[17]

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.[17]

Redistricting

Bass contributed $20,000 in February 2010 to an effort to repeal Proposition 11, the 2008 ballot proposition approved by voters that created the California Citizens Redistricting Commission.[18]

Legislative scorecard

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. [19],[20]

On the 2009 Capitol Weekly legislative scorecard, Bass ranked as a 91.[21]

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.

Elections

2014

See also: California's 37th congressional district elections, 2014

Bass is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. If she runs, she will compete in the blanket primary on June 3, 2013. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

2012

See also: California's 37th congressional district elections, 2012

Bass won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing California's 37th District as a Democrat.[1] 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.[22][23]

U.S. House, California District 37 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngKaren Bass Incumbent 86.4% 207,039
     Republican Morgan Osborne 13.6% 32,541
Total Votes 239,580
Source: California Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Full history


2008

In 2008 Bass was re-elected to the California Assembly's 47th District. Bass (D)) finished with 134,003 votes while her opponent Lady Cage-Barile (R) finished with 23,642 votes.[25]

California State Assembly District 47
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Karen Bass (D) 134,003
Lady Cage-Barile (R) 23,642

Campaign donors

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.[26]

Karen Bass's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (California, District 37) Won $692,988
2010 US House (California, District 33) Won $932,281
Grand Total Raised $1,625,269

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Bass's reports.[27]

Karen Bass (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[28]April 15, 2013$52,384.92$108,171.00$(57,619.01)$102,936.91
July Quarterly[29]July 15, 2013$102,936.91$109,465.00$(76,540.95)$135,860.96
October Quarterly[30]October 15, 2013$135,860.96$71,295.00$(67,980.25)$139,175.71
Running totals
$288,931$(202,140.21)

2012

Breakdown of the source of Bass's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

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.[31] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[32]

Cost per vote

Bass spent $3.88 per vote received in 2012.

2010

Breakdown of the source of Bass's campaign funds before the 2010 election.

Bass won re-election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that election cycle, Bass's campaign committee raised a total of $932,281 and spent $768,919.[33]

His top 5 contributors between 2009-2010 were:

2008

Below are Bass's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2008 election:[34]

Contributor 2008 total
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

In February 2010 Bass agreed to pay a fine of $600 for failing to disclose gifts from interest groups. Thirty other California lawmakers agreed to pay fines as well.[35]

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Bass is a "moderate Democratic leader" as of June 2013.[36]

Like-minded colleagues

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.[37]

Bass most often votes with:

Bass least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

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.[38]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

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.[39]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

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.[40]

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.[41]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

2012

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.[42]

2011

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.[43]

Voting with party

2013

Bass voted with the Democratic Party 94.9% of the time, which ranked 122nd among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[44]

Personal

Bass is divorced and has one child.

Recent news

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External links

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 CNN "California Districts Race - 2012 Election Center"
  2. Los Angeles Times "Tony Strickland, Karen Bass set for congressional runs," Accessed March 4, 2012
  3. Biographical Director of the United States Congress "Karen Bass," Accessed November 12, 2011
  4. CQ.com - Roll Call, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed January 18, 2013
  5. Representative Karen Bass, Proudly Representing the 33rd District of California "Committees and Caucuses"
  6. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  7. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  8. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1960 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  9. Project Vote Smart, "HR 2217 - Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  10. Project Vote Smart, "HR 624 - Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  11. Project Vote Smart, "HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  12. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed September 16, 2013
  13. Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  14. 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
  15. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  16. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  17. 17.0 17.1 Wall Street Journal, "Democrats for a Flat Tax?", July 11, 2009
  18. From The Capitol, "Redistricting Commission repeal gets boost from House Dems", February 2, 2010
  19. Capitol Weekly, "Capitol Weekly's Legislative Scorecard", December 17, 2009
  20. Fox and Hounds Daily, "Random Thoughts on the Political Scene", December 18, 2009
  21. Capitol Weekly", Downloadable 2009 Capitol Weekly State Legislative Scorecard
  22. California Secretary of State, Official candidate list
  23. Unofficial election results
  24. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  25. California State Assembly election results
  26. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Karen Bass," Accessed March 22, 2013
  27. Federal Election Commission "Karen Bass Summary Report," Accessed July 23, 2013
  28. Federal Election Commission "Karen Bass April Quarterly," Accessed July 23, 2013
  29. Federal Election Commission "Karen Bass July Quarterly," Accessed July 23, 2013
  30. Federal Election Commission "Karen Bass October Quarterly," Accessed October 21, 2013
  31. Open Secrets "Karen Bass 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 20, 2013
  32. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013
  33. Open Secrets "Karen Bass 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 12, 2011
  34. Follow the Money - 2008 Campaign contributions
  35. Sacramento Bee, "California lawmakers agree to pay fines over gift disclosure," February 2, 2010
  36. Gov Track "Karen Bass," Accessed June 7 2013
  37. OpenCongress, "Karen Bass," Accessed July 31, 2013
  38. GovTrack, "Karen Bass," Accessed April 2, 2013
  39. LegiStorm "Karen Bass"
  40. OpenSecrets.org, "Bass, (D-Cali), 2011"
  41. OpenSecrets.org, "Bass, (D-Cali), 2010"
  42. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 21, 2013
  43. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  44. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Diane Watson
U.S. House of Representatives - California
2011-Present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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California Assembly - District 47
2004–2010
Succeeded by
Holly J. Mitchell