Yvonne Braithwaite Burke


Biography of Yvonne Braithwaite Burke

Yvonne Brathwaite Burke (born October 5, 1932) is a politician from Los Angeles, California, U.S.A. She was the Los Angeles County Supervisor representing the 2nd District (1992–2008). She has served as the Chair three times (1993–94, 1997–98, 2002–03). She was the first African-American woman to represent the West Coast in Congress. Her husband is William Burke, a prominent philanthropist and creator of the Los Angeles Marathon.

On December 1, 2008, she retired from the Board of Supervisors and was replaced by Mark Ridley-Thomas.

On Thursday, March 29, 2012, she was nominated by President Barack Obama to serve as Director of the Amtrak Board of Directors.

Born Perle Yvonne Watson on October 5, 1932, in Los Angeles to James A. Watson and the former Lola Moore. She married William A. Burke in Los Angeles on June 14, 1972. To this union was born a daughter, Autumn Roxanne on November 23, 1973.

Education: Attended University of California at Berkeley, c. 1949-51; University of California at Los Angeles, Bachelor's degree; University of Southern California Law School, Juris Doctorate, 1956.

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