Bloom speaking before committee
|Member of the California State Assembly
from the 50th district
December 3, 2012
|Preceded by||Betsy Butler|
|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||UC Berkeley
Loyola Law School
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
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
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.
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.