Herb Wesson

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Herb Wesson
File:Herb Wesson 2012.jpg
Wesson in 2012
President of the Los Angeles City Council
Assumed office
January 12, 2012
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa
Eric Garcetti
Preceded by Eric Garcetti
Member of the Los Angeles City Council from the 10th district
Assumed office
July 1, 2005
Preceded by Martin Ludlow
65th Speaker of the California State Assembly
In office
February 6, 2002 – February 9, 2004
Governor Gray Davis
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Preceded by Robert Hertzberg
Succeeded by Fabian Núñez
Member of the California State Assembly
from the 47th district
In office
Preceded by Kevin Murray
Succeeded by Karen Bass
Personal details
Born (1951-11-11) November 11, 1951 (age 67)
Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Residence Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Alma mater Lincoln University
Website cd10.lacity.org

Herb J. Wesson, Jr. (born November 11, 1951) is an American politician in California. He currently serves as a Los Angeles City Councilmember, representing the 10th district, and also serves as the President of the Council. The district is located in central and South Los Angeles, and includes the neighborhoods of Koreatown, Little Bangladesh, West Adams, Jefferson Park, and parts of Baldwin Hills.


Wesson received his undergraduate degree from Lincoln University. While he was a student he was a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity.

Wesson served in the California State Assembly, representing the 47th district, from 1998 until 2004. He served as Speaker of the California State Assembly from 2002 until 2004.

Prior to his service in the State Assembly, Wesson served as the chief-of-staff to former Los Angeles City Councilmember Nate Holden, and as the chief-of-staff to former Los Angeles County Supervisor Yvonne Burke. After being termed out of the Assembly, he became a senior advisor and special assistant to Burke.


On November 8, 2005, Wesson was elected with almost 80% of the vote to represent the 10th District in the Los Angeles City Council, in a special election to fill the vacancy created when Martin Ludlow resigned to become head of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor.[1] Wesson won a full term in March 2007 with 99.7% of the vote.[2] He was reelected in 2011 with 73% of the vote.[3] He is a member of the Democratic Party.


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California Assembly
Preceded by
Kevin Murray
California State Assemblymember, 47th District
1998 – 2004
Succeeded by
Karen Bass
Preceded by
Robert Hertzberg
Speaker of the California State Assembly
February 6, 2002 – February 9, 2004
Succeeded by
Fabian Núñez
Political offices
Preceded by
Martin Ludlow
Los Angeles City Councilmember,
10th district

July 1, 2005 – present
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Eric Garcetti
President of the Los Angeles City Council