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Herb Wesson

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Herb WessonHerb J. Wesson, Jr. was elected to represent the 47th Assembly District on November 3, 1998, in his first bid for elected office. A Democrat, Herb represents the Cities of Los Angeles and Culver City, as well as the communities of Ladera Heights, Baldwin Hills, View Park, and Windsor Hills.

Prior to his election to the State Assembly, Herb served as Chief of Staff to Los Angeles County Supervisor Yvonne Brathwaite Burke, the first African-American woman elected to that position. During his tenure with Supervisor Burke, Herb directed the day-to-day operations of the Supervisor's main office in downtown Los Angeles as well as her five field offices. He oversaw a wide range of policy areas including health services, libraries, parks, children services, public safety services, probation, and the courts. In addition to his county experience, Herb brings with him an extensive city government background, having served as Chief Deputy to Los Angeles City Councilmember Nate Holden (10th District) for five years.

Herb is a member of the Mid-City Chamber of Commerce and the Culver City Chamber of Commerce. He also served on the Board of Directors for the Martin Luther King, Jr. General Hospital Foundation, the Board of the Second District Education Foundation, and the Advisory Board of the African Community Resource Center.

In recognition of his service to the community, Herb was honored by several organizations including the Greater Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce "Public Service Award," Planned Parenthood Los Angeles' "2001 Legislator of the Year," Youth Employment System "1999-2000 Legislator of the Year," Stonewall Democratic Club "2000 Public Official Award," and the Agape Foundation for his efforts in combating domestic violence. Other accolades include "Outstanding Community Service" by the Mid-City Chamber of Commerce in 1996, "Living Legend" by the Concerned Black Women in 1996, and "Man of the Year" by Young People for Young People in 1990.

Herb Wesson is currently the Chairman of the Assembly Governmental Organization Committee, which is responsible for reviewing legislation related to the Public Records Act, Veteran's Affairs, gaming, alcohol, and tobacco. He also serves on the Assembly Appropriations Committee, Assembly Health Committee, Assembly Utilities and Commerce Committee, and the Assembly Business and Professions Committee.

In 1999 Herb fulfilled a promise to his family and completed his BA in History from Lincoln University (Pennsylvania), nearly 30 years after an illness in the family prevented him from finishing his senior year.

Herb is married to Fabian Wesson and has four sons: Douglas, P.J., Herb III, and Justin.

Updated 10/31/2001

Meetings Attended:

Commission Meeting -- December 3-4, 2001