Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) has made history. She is the first Black person and the first woman to be elected mayor of Los Angeles. Her victory saw her beat billionaire developer Rick Caruso.
With 76 percent of the vote tallied, Bass leads with more than 46,000 votes, a share of 53.1 percent to Caruso’s traling 46.9 percent.
In a fairly long election cycle, Bass was able to win despite Caruso’s campaign spending more than $100 million. Aiding her efforts were endorsements from President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and former President Barack Obama.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Bass got her start as a community organizer. In 1990, she founded the Coalition for Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment in response to the crack cocaine epidemic that had devastated south Los Angeles. She was the state Assembly speaker before being elected to Congress in 2011. From 2019 to 2021, she was the chair of the Congressional Black Caucus.
Celebrities including Kerry Washington, John Legend and Jane Fonda all supported Bass. See some of the reactions below: