RICHARD BLOOM, who most recently was Santa Monica mayor, has taken office in the Assembly’s 50th District.

After overcoming what stayed a tight race in the weeks following the Nov. 6 election, Richard Bloom was sworn in as the representative of the new 50th Assembly District Dec. 3.
Bloom, who served on the Santa Monica City Council since 1999 including multiple stints as mayor, is the city’s first council member to serve statewide office after defeating incumbent Assemblywoman Betsy Butler.
Bloom never trailed in the race for the 50th District, which covers Santa Monica and cities such as West Hollywood and Beverly Hills, once all precincts were reported on election night. His margin of victory was slightly over 200 votes Nov. 6 and dropped to as low as 79 votes but it expanded to more than 1,700 in the final days. The final tally was 50.5 percent for Bloom to 49.5 for Butler.
Prior to being sworn in to office in Sacramento, Bloom thanked his staff, contributors, volunteers, family and supporters. He also congratulated Butler on a “spirited contest.”
“I look forward to working on the issues that matter to my constituents: education, jobs, the economy and protecting the environment,” Bloom said in a statement on his website.
“Our two-year journey has come to a great conclusion but now the work begins to reinvigorate California.
“I look forward to this next challenge with optimism and excitement.”
Butler had served the 53rd Assembly District, which covers Marina del Rey and South Bay communities, for two years but sought to represent the 50th District after boundaries were redrawn due to redistricting.