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Yvonne Burke’s daughter is following her mother into LA politics

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Her image first appeared in the news four decades ago. Autumn Burke was an infant in her mother’s arms on the cover of Ebony Magazine. The 1974 article featured Yvonne Burke as the first U.S. Congresswoman to give birth while in office – and the first to be granted maternity leave by the House Speaker.

“I am new to politics but not new to policy or to representing diverse constituencies,” Autumn Burke says on her campaign website.  She’s running to represent the 62nd Assembly district, which stretches along the coast from Marina Del Rey to El Segundo and east to Inglewood and Hawthorne. “I know what is expected of those who are elected to serve and I am honored and proud to be a candidate.”

The Burke name is one of the most powerful in regional politics. Her mother was the first African-American woman from the West Coast to serve in Congress, representing an L.A. area district from 1974-1978.  She was the first woman and first African-American to serve on the L.A. County Board of Supervisors (from 1992-2008). In 2012, President Obama named her as a Director of the national Amtrak Board.

Autumn Burke's father, William, is a prominent L.A. businessman who sits on the South Coast Air Quality Management District.

Autumn Burke describes herself on her campaign website as “a strategic consultant for renewable energy companies and economic development.” She’s listed as an agent at The Mandeville Group, a women- and minority-owned company that describes itself on its website as "a Business Development firm that fosters Public-Private Partnerships working with clients in strategic planning, advertising, business image enhancement, community awareness campaigns, web site promotion and corporate identity programs.”

“I am also proud of my success in raising over $100,000 for the re-election of President Obama,” Burke says on her website.

Burke also says she coordinated and budgeted the building of an orphanage in Ghana and coordinated a $1.2 billion offer with a Chinese investment firm for a major sports team.

She joins Sebastian Ridley-Thomas as a local scion running for political office. Ridley-Thomas, the son of L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, is running for the 54th State Assembly seat.

The primary election is next June.

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