Born: October 3, 1953 in Los Angeles, CA
Married: Jess Lechuga (div.)
Child: Emilia Wright (d. 2006)*
University: University of Southern California (Public Administration; 199?)
Previous: Member, Los Angeles City Council Ad Hoc Committee on Gangs, Youth and Violence
1990-2003: Founder and Executive Director, Community Coalition
1993: Woman of the Year (48th Assembly District) [selected by Marguerite Archie-Hudson]
2006-2008: Majority Leader, California State Assembly
2008-2010: Speaker, California State Assembly
2016: Delegate, Democratic National Convention
- AWARD: Winner (with Darrell Steinberg, Dave Cogdill, and Mike Villines) of the Profile in Courage Award from the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation (2010).
- In February 2007, Karen Bass announced the creation of the Emilia Lechuga-Bass Civil Rights Internship.
- Bass was the first female African American to lead a legislative house in the US.
Source: California Legislature Handbook (2005-06)
Source: "Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774-Present" (U.S. Library of Congress) [http://bioguide.congress.gov/]