LOS ANGELES, Calif.–Gov. Jerry Brown today appointed former Los Angeles County Supervisor Yvonne Burke to another term on the California Transportation Commission, on which she has served since 2010.
Burke, 80, also serves on the Amtrak Board of Directors. She was nominated to that post by President Barack Obama.
Burke, a graduate of USC’s law school, was the first Black woman elected to the state Legislature and the first Black woman elected to Congress from the state of California.
Burke was appointed to fill a vacant seat on the Board of Supervisors in 1979, but lost a re-election bid the next year. She was elected to the board in 1992 and stepped down at the end of 2008.