|Bloom speaking before committee|
|Member of the California State Assembly
from the 50th district
December 3, 2012
|Preceded by||new district|
|Mayor of Santa Monica|
December 2010 – December 2012
|Preceded by||Terry O'Day|
|Succeeded by||Gleam Davis|
|Member of the Santa Monica City Council|
June 22, 1953 |
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US
|Residence||Santa Monica, California|
|Alma mater||University of California, Los Angeles
University of California, Berkeley (B.A.)
Loyola Law School (J.D.)
Richard Hershel Bloom (born June 22, 1953) is an American politician currently serving in the California State Assembly. He is a Democrat representing the 50th district, encompassing West Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Agoura Hills, Malibu, Topanga, Pacific Palisades, Bel Air, Brentwood, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Hancock Park, and Hollywood. Prior to being elected to the state assembly, he was mayor of Santa Monica and served in the Santa Monica City Council for 13 years.
Santa Monica City Council
Bloom served on the Santa Monica City Council for 13 years, serving as mayor three times.
Bloom serves on the following Assembly Committees: Transportation, Budget, Arts & Entertainment, Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials, and Higher Education and on Budget Subcommittee No. 6 on Budget Process, Oversight and Program Evaluation and Budget Subcommittee No. 3 on Resources and Transportation, which he chairs.
On March 7, 2014, Bloom introduced legislation to ban live performances and captive breeding of orcas. The legislation, if passed into law, would affect SeaWorld San Diego's "Shamu" performances.