Karen Bass Becomes First Black Woman Elected to Lead California State Assembly

Los Angeles lawmaker Karen Bass was elected the next leader of the state Assembly on Thursday, becoming the first black woman to hold the powerful position.

Bass, 54, was elected to the 80-member chamber in 2004 and is known for writing legislation on child welfare and social justice issues.

She will work alongside Speaker Fabian Nunez, also a Los Angeles Democrat, before making the full transition into the role later this year.