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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 Assembly District, which encompasses West Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Agoura Hills, Malibu, Topanga, Pacific Palisades, Bel Air, Brentwood, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Hancock Park, and Hollywood.

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 byBetsy Butler
Mayor of Santa Monica
In office
December 2010 – December 2012
Preceded byTerry O'Day
Succeeded byGleam Davis
Member of the Santa Monica City Council
In office
Personal details
Born (1953-06-22) June 22, 1953 (age 65)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Robbie Black
ResidenceSanta Monica, California
Alma materUniversity of California, Berkeley (BA)
Loyola Law School (JD)

Bloom is a member of the California Legislative Jewish Caucus. Prior to being elected to the Assembly in 2012, he was Mayor of Santa Monica and served on the Santa Monica City Council for 13 years.


Early life and educationEdit

Bloom was born to a Jewish family[1] and raised 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 CouncilEdit

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.

In 2013, Bloom authored the Bobcat Protection Act, which has since been signed into law.

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.[2][3]

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

In the 2015 legislative session, Bloom introduced legislation to ban plastic microbeads in personal care products. The bill has been signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown.

In the 2016 legislative session, Bloom re-introduced legislation to ban captive orca shows. The bill passed both chambers of the legislature overwhelmingly.

2014 California State AssemblyEdit

California's 50th State Assembly district election, 2014
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Richard Bloom (incumbent) 42,332 73.4
Republican Bradley S. Torgan 15,370 26.6
Total votes 57,702 100.0
General election
Democratic Richard Bloom (incumbent) 78,093 71.5
Republican Bradley S. Torgan 31,113 28.5
Total votes 109,206 100.0
Democratic hold

2016 California State AssemblyEdit

California's 50th State Assembly district election, 2016
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Richard Bloom (incumbent) 92,315 79.6
Republican Matthew Gene Craffey 23,613 20.4
Total votes 115,928 100.0
General election
Democratic Richard Bloom (incumbent) 158,967 74.6
Republican Matthew Gene Craffey 54,016 25.4
Total votes 212,983 100.0
Democratic hold


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.


  1. ^ Arom, Eitan (January 6, 2017). "Jewish state legislators ready to make an impact". Jewish Journal.
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