As speaker of the California State Assembly, Karen Bass has been an advocate for creating clean energy jobs and improving California's environment. First elected in 2004, Bass rose to become only the second woman and the third African American to serve as the California State Assembly speaker. As a party leader in the State Assembly, she presided over passage of the nation's most advanced global warming law, tax breaks for families to make their homes more energy efficient, passage of new incentives to develop alternative transportation fuels and vehicle technologies, and the creation of the state's Green Collar Jobs Council to help make sure California can meet the growing demands of the clean energy economy.
Karen Bass worked as a Physician Assistant prior to entering public service. She succeeds the retiring Diane Watson, who represented her Los Angeles-area district with an impressive 90% LCV lifetime score.
In her own words:
"The green economy is a win-win for California. By developing green industries, we put ourselves ahead of the national curve in the development of the vital component of the 21st century global economy. One of the most exciting things about the green economy is the diversity of opportunity in areas like energy efficiency, renewable energy, housing and transportation. There are jobs all along the spectrum from weatherizing homes to designing new fuels. We must be sure that the diversity of opportunity is matched by a diversity of people who are able to pursue those opportunities. The initial high tech boom left a lot of communities out. I don't want to see that repeated with the green tech boom."
California League of Conservation Voters Lifetime Score of 96%.
Karen Bass completed an earlier version of LCV's candidate questionnaire that differs slightly from the most up-to-date version in a few of the questions it asks candidates. Differences are noted below: