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Former state Sen. Sydney Kamlager sworn into U.S. House to represent South and West LA areas

LOS ANGELES — Former state Sen. Sydney Kamlager is succeeding Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass in representing the 37th District in the U.S. House of Representatives.

She was sworn in Saturday along with LA County’s other new member of the House, Rep. Robert Garcia, D-Long Beach.

Three days later…I’ve officially been sworn in to the U.S. House of Representatives! It is a great honor to represent the great people of #CA37. Now…let’s get to work! pic.twitter.com/0OmYg4PlJ2

— Sydney Kamlager (@sydneykamlager) January 7, 2023

Kamlager defeated former Los Angeles City Councilwoman Jan Perry, a fellow Democrat, 64%-36%, in the district that mainly includes portions of South Los Angeles, along with the Crenshaw and Pico-Robertson districts, Culver City, Palms and West Los Angeles.

Kamlager said as a House member she will focus on:

— Expanding voting rights

— Reproductive justice

— Health care for all

— Criminal justice reform focused on diversion, redemption, and rehabilitation

— Job creation to create economic justice and opportunities for all communities

— Innovative investment in housing

— A Green New Deal and immediate climate action

— Increased spending on education and the arts

Kamlager was born in Chicago to interracial parents in 1972. Her first involvement in politics came in 1983 when she worked with her grandmother to help elect Harold Washington as that city’s first Black mayor. She moved to Los Angeles to attend USC, receiving a degree in political science.

She also received a master’s degree in arts management and public policy from Carnegie Mellon University.

Kamlager was elected to the state Senate in a March 2021 special election, succeeding Holly Mitchell, who was elected to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. Kamlager was Mitchell’s district director before being elected to the Assembly in a 2018 special election.

She was a member of the Los Angeles Community College District Board of Trustees from 2015-18 and was appointed in 2013 to the Los Angeles County Commission on Children and Families.

Kamlager also worked at the Social and Public Arts Resource Center in Venice and for the Ladera Heights-based early childhood care and education organization Crystal Stairs.

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