Calif Assembly speaker announced House run

February 17, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
California Assembly Speaker Karen Bass is running for a Los Angeles-area congressional seat. She quickly picked up an endorsement Wednesday from Rep. Diane Watson, the Democrat who holds the seat and will retire at year's end.

The 56-year-old Bass -- a Democrat who was the first black woman to lead the Assembly -- will step down as speaker on March 1 but remain in office until later this year.

She enters the House race a favorite to replace Watson in a seat that has been held for years by black politicians.

Bass made the announcement in Los Angeles.