Photos: Karen Bass elected, becoming L.A.’s first woman mayor

Rep. Karen Bass defeated businessman Rick Caruso in the race for Los Angeles mayor, according to an Associated Press forecast Wednesday, making her the first woman and second black Angeleno elected to lead the city in its 241-year term to lead history.

The 69-year-old congresswoman won the victory even as Caruso spent more than $100 million of his own fortune on his mayoral bid, breaking local spending records and pumping previously unprecedented amounts into public relations and television advertising.

“The results are in, and it’s the honor of my life to be elected your mayor,” Bass said in an email to supporters Wednesday afternoon. “It’s time to house people immediately, increase safety and opportunity in every neighborhood, and set a new standard for ethics and accountability at City Hall.”

MP Karen Bass joins a crowd of voters to hear their concerns at Tolliver's Barber Shop.

Rep. Karen Bass, center, joins a crowd of voters at the end of a gathering to hear their concerns at Tolliver’s Barber Shop in Los Angeles October 14, 2022.

(Genaro Molina/Los Angeles Times)

Rep. Karen Bass during a rally at the UCLA Meyer and Renee Luskin Conference Center

Rep. Karen Bass during a rally at the UCLA Meyer and Renee Luskin Conference Center with Second Gentleman Douglas Emhoff and Vice President Kamala Harris November 7, 2022 in Westwood.

(Myung J. Chun/Los Angeles Times)

Rep. Karen Bass and former Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa wave to onlookers from a double-decker bus during a campaign rally

Rep. Karen Bass and former Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa wave to onlookers from a double-decker bus during a campaign event June 5, 2022 in Los Angeles.

(Gina Ferazzi/Los Angeles Times)

Rep. Karen Bass, center, spends time with supporters at the end of a news conference

Rep. Karen Bass, center, spends time with supporters at the end of a news conference with the Black Leaders Against Tobacco Injustice Campaign to Protect California Kids at Crenshaw High School in Los Angeles May 20, 2022.

(Genaro Molina/Los Angeles Times)

LA Mayoral candidate Karen Bass (left) meets with actor Danny Trejo (right) at Trejo's Coffee and Donuts

LA Mayoral candidate Karen Bass, left, meets with actor Danny Trejo, right, at Trejo’s Coffee and Donuts on November 3, 2022 in Hollywood.

(Christina House/Los Angeles Times)

Los Angeles mayoral candidate Rep. Karen Bass votes with her grandson Henry, 8, at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Center

Los Angeles mayoral candidate Rep. Karen Bass votes with her grandson Henry, 8, at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Center on November 8, 2022 in Los Angeles.

(Genaro Molina/Los Angeles Times)

Senator Bernie Sanders gathers with Los Angeles Mayoral candidate Karen Bass after speaking in Playa Vista

Senator Bernie Sanders gathers with Los Angeles Mayoral candidate Karen Bass after speaking in Playa Vista on Thursday, October 27, 2022.

(Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times)

LA mayoral candidate Karen Bass hands out produce at a farmers market at the Pico Union Project.

LA Mayoral candidate Karen Bass hands out produce at a farmers market at the Pico Union Project on Friday, November 04, 2022 in Los Angeles.

(Irfan Khan/Los Angeles Times)

Karen Bass photographed at City Hall on Friday, April 8, 2022.

Karen Bass photographed at City Hall on Friday, April 8, 2022.

(Christina House/Los Angeles Times)

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