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Yvonne Brathwaite Burke

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Yvonne Burke
Member of the Amtrak Board of Directors
Assumed office
January 1, 2013
PresidentBarack Obama
Donald Trump
Preceded byNew seat
Member of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors
from the 2nd district
In office
December 1992 – December 1, 2008
Preceded byKenneth Hahn
Succeeded byMark Ridley-Thomas
Member of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors
from the 4th district
In office
January 3, 1979 – December 1980
Preceded byJames Hayes
Succeeded byDeane Dana
Member of the
U.S. House of Representatives
from California
In office
January 3, 1973 – January 3, 1979
Preceded byLionel Van Deerlin (37th)
Alphonzo E. Bell Jr. (28th)
Succeeded byJerry Pettis (37th)
Julian Dixon (28th)
Constituency37th district (1973–75)
28th district (1975–79)
Member of the California State Assembly
from the 63rd district
In office
January 1967 – January 3, 1973
Preceded byDon Allen
Succeeded byJulian Dixon
Personal details
Perle Yvonne Watson

(1932-10-05) October 5, 1932 (age 91)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Louis Brathwaite
(m. 1957; div. 1964)

William Burke
(m. 1972)
EducationUniversity of California, Berkeley
University of California, Los Angeles (BA)
University of Southern California (JD)

Yvonne Brathwaite Burke (born October 5, 1932) is an American politician.[1] She was the first African-American woman to represent the West Coast in Congress. She served in congress from 1973 until the end of 1978. She was the Los Angeles County Supervisor representing the 2nd District (1992–2008).[2] She was the Chair three times (1993–94, 1997–98, 2002–03).

On December 1, 2008, she retired from the Board of Supervisors and was replaced by Mark Ridley-Thomas.

On March 29, 2012, she was nominated by President Barack Obama to serve on the Amtrak Board of Directors.[3][4]

References[change | change source]

  1. "BURKE, Yvonne Brathwaite | US House of Representatives: History, Art & Archives". history.house.gov. Retrieved 2016-05-04.
  2. "Yvonne Brathwaite Burke | Bedrosian Center | USC". bedrosian.usc.edu. Archived from the original on 2015-12-17. Retrieved 2016-05-04.
  3. "President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts". White House Office of the Press Secretary. 29 March 2012.
  4. Merl, Jean (29 March 2012). "Obama Nominates Yvonne Burke to Amtrak Post". Los Angeles Times.