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Assemblywoman Karen Bass, D-Los Angeles, will become the first African American woman to hold the post of Assembly Speaker in the United States, and following the customary nomination by the incumbent Speaker, Fabian Nunez, the motion was seconded by Assemblymember Mervyn Dymally.
Dymally, an early supporter of Bass’ candidacy for the coveted Speaker’s position, was among the 48 Democrats she assembled the day before to garner the nomination.
“Assemblymember Bass is someone who believes in reconciliation.” Dymally said. “She will make an outstanding Speaker.”
Dymally holds many firsts in California politics. He was the first African American to serve in the Senate, first Lieutenant Governor, and the first foreign born to serve in the United States Congress.
It is fitting that on this date, Dymally was in position to second the nomination for the vote for Bass’ ascension to become Speaker of the California Assembly.