Richard Bloom

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Richard Bloom
Bloom Committee Picture.jpg
Bloom speaking before committee
Member of the California State Assembly
from the 50th district
Assumed office
December 3, 2012
Preceded by Betsy Butler
Mayor of Santa Monica
In office
December 2010 – December 2012
Preceded by Terry O'Day
Succeeded by Gleam Davis
Member of the Santa Monica City Council
In office
Personal details
Born (1953-06-22) June 22, 1953 (age 63)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US
Nationality American
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Robbie Black
Children 2
Residence Santa Monica, California
Alma mater UC Berkeley
Loyola Law School
Occupation Attorney, Politician
Religion Judaism

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.

Early Life and Education[edit]

Bloom grew up in Altadena and West Los Angeles and attended Fairfax High School, UCLA, UC Berkeley, and Loyola Law School. He holds a B.A. in Communication and Public Policy and a Juris Doctor degree.

Santa Monica City Council[edit]

First elected in 1999, Bloom served on the Santa Monica City Council for 13 years, serving as mayor three times and mayor pro tempore twice. Bloom also served as Chair of the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission.


Bloom defeated incumbent Assemblymember Betsy Butler in 2012.

Bloom serves on the following Assembly Committees: Transportation, Budget, Arts & Entertainment, Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials, and Higher Education. He also serves on Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 6 on Budget Process, Oversight and Program Evaluation and is the Chairman of the Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 3 on Resources and Transportation.

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.[1][2]

On November 4, 2014, Bloom was re-elected to a second term with nearly 72% of the vote.


Bloom resides in Santa Monica with his wife, Robbie Black, a healthcare professional and administrator at Cedars-Sinai Health Center in Los Angeles. He has two young adult children, Zac and Emmett.


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