Calif Assembly speaker announced House run

LOS ANGELES (AP) 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.

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