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BURKE, Yvonne Brathwaite, a Representative from California; born Perle Yvonne Watson in Los
Angeles, Calif., October 5, 1932; attended the public schools in Los Angeles;
B.A., University of California, Los Angeles, Calif., 1953; J.D., University of
Southern California School of Law, Los Angeles, Calif., 1956; lawyer, private
practice; served as deputy corporation commissioner, hearing officer for Los
Angeles Police Commission, and attorney on the staff of the McCone commission;
elected to California State legislature, 1967-1972; delegate to Democratic
National Convention, 1972; elected as a Democrat to the Ninety-third and to the
two succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1973-January 3, 1979); not a candidate
for reelection to the Ninety-sixth Congress in 1978, but was an unsuccessful
candidate for the Democratic nomination for State Attorney General of
California; appointed by the Governor to the Los Angeles County Board of
Supervisors,1979-1980; elected a Los Angeles County Supervisor, Los Angeles,
Calif., 1992 to present; is a resident of Los Angeles, Calif.
BibliographyYvonne Brathwaite Burke in
Black Americans in Congress, 1870-2007. Prepared under the
direction of the Committee on House Adminstration by the Office of History
& Preservation, U. S. House of Representatives. Washington: Government
Printing Office, 2008; Gray, Pamela Lee. Yvonne Brathwaite Burke: The
Congressional Career of Californias First Black Congresswoman, 1972-1978.
Ph.D. diss., University of Southern California, 1987.