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First black woman elected state Assembly speaker

Assemblywoman Karen Bass, a Democrat from Los Angeles, was elected speaker of the California Assembly this morning ” becoming the first African-American woman to fill the role.

Governor Schwarzenegger today issued the following statement regarding the election of Assemblymember Karen Bass (D-Los Angeles) as speaker of the Assembly:

“I congratulate Assemblymember Bass on her historic election as speaker of the California State Assembly,” Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said afterward. “She serves as an inspiration to every citizen of this great state.”

Bass succeeds Assemblyman Fabian Nunez, D-Los Angeles.

“I look forward to building on this partnership (established earlier with Nunez) with Assemblymember Bass in her new role and achieving the same kinds of bipartisan successes on the important issues facing Californians,” Schwarzenegger said.


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