The Info List - Janice Hahn

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JANICE KAY HAHN (born March 30, 1952) is the incumbent member of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors for the Fourth District. A member of the Democratic Party , she was the Representative from California\'s 44th congressional district from 2011 to 2016. She was previously a Los Angeles
Los Angeles
City Councilwoman representing the 15th district from 2001-11. From 1997-99 she served as an elected representative on the Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Charter Reform Commission.

On July 12, 2011, Hahn won a special election for Congress to fill the seat vacated by Democrat Jane Harman . She defeated Republican Craig Huey , a Tea Party -backed direct marketer from the Torrance area, with 55 percent of the vote to Huey's 45 percent.

In February 2015, Hahn announced she was retiring from Congress to run for the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors . In the November 8 general election, Hahn defeated Steve Napolitano to succeed Don Knabe to become the next Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Supervisor from District 4. She was sworn in on December 5, 2016.


* 1 Early life, education, and business career

* 2 Early political career (1997-2001)

* 2.1 Local commissions * 2.2 1998 congressional election

* 3 Los Angeles City Council (2001-2011) * 4 2010 Lieutenant Gubernatorial election

* 5 U.S. House of Representatives (2011-2016)

* 5.1 Elections * 5.2 Committee assignments * 5.3 Political positions

* 6 Recognition * 7 Personal life * 8 Electoral history * 9 See also * 10 References * 11 External links


Portrait of Hahn by David Fairrington

Hahn was born in Los Angeles
Los Angeles
and raised in a politically involved family. She is the daughter of Ramona Belle (née Fox) and Kenneth Frederick Hahn , a 40-year Los Angeles
Los Angeles
County Supervisor who started his career in elective politics as a Los Angeles
Los Angeles
City Councilman.

Her uncle, Gordon Hahn , was a member of the California
Assembly and a Los Angeles
Los Angeles
City Councilman from the late 1940s to the early 1960s. Her brother, James Hahn , served as Los Angeles
Los Angeles
City Controller from 1981–85, City Attorney from 1985 until 2001, and Mayor of Los Angeles from 2001 until 2005. Hahn's maternal grandparents served as missionaries in Japan in the 1920s and 1930s.

Hahn attended Abilene Christian University in Texas, earning a bachelor of science in education in 1974. She taught at the Good News Academy, a private school in Westchester from 1974-78. Her other work in the private sector has included Public Affairs Region Manager at Southern California
Edison from 1995 to 2000; Vice President for Prudential Securities in Public Finance, Director of Community Outreach for Western Waste Industries, and Director of Marketing for the Alexander Haagen Company.



Hahn was elected to represent the Fifteenth District on the Los Angeles Charter Reform Commission, serving from 1997-99. As a Commissioner, she fought for many of the reforms included in the new charter, including Area Planning Commissions, local representation on the citizen commissions governing Los Angeles
Los Angeles
International Airport and the Port of Los Angeles, and a system of neighborhood councils.


See also: United States House of Representatives
United States House of Representatives
elections, 1998

In 1998, U.S. Congresswoman Jane Harman declined to run for re-election, choosing instead to run for Governor of California
. Hahn then won the Democratic nomination to succeed Harman, but lost the general election to Republican State Assemblyman Steven T. Kuykendall 49%-47%.


Hahn giving a speech in 2007

Hahn served on the Los Angeles
Los Angeles
City Council, representing the 15th District, from 2001-11. The 15th District encompasses the San Pedro Harbor and includes the ethnically diverse communities of Harbor City , Harbor Gateway , San Pedro , Watts and Wilmington . She was reelected to her third and final term in November 2009.

She has been called "one of the most pro-labor members" of the City Council, and a "consistent opponent of layoffs and furloughs for city workers." Hahn walked the picket lines with unionized dockworkers in 2002. After the Bush administration suggested it would intervene in the labor dispute by using government troops to operate the ports, Hahn urged non-intervention. "'There's no room for the federal government. There's only one reason for them to get involved, and that's to break the union', she said." She was the leading force on the City Council behind both the passage of a living wage ordinance for the hotel workers along Century Boulevard near Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and the provision of improved health benefits to LAX employees.

Hahn cites her efforts to clean up the Port of Los Angeles
Los Angeles
as one of her main accomplishments while on the City Council. The 2006 Clean Air Action Plan, which she and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa pushed forward, set a goal of reducing pollution by 45 percent within five years and shifted the movement of goods at the ports to off-peak traffic hours. Hahn supported the addition of the Clean Trucks Program that requires the 16,000 diesel trucks serving the ports meet 2007 EPA emission standards within five years. She has noted that the ports have been Southern California's largest emitter of greenhouse gasses and diesel emissions and that the Clean Trucks Program also provides for improved working conditions, wages and benefits for port truckers. Prior to the Clean Air Action Plan, she had already shifted about 35% of goods to be moved during off-peak hours. Hahn also helped advance redevelopment projects at the Port of Los Angeles
Los Angeles
in both San Pedro and Wilmington.

On the City Council, Hahn was a major proponent of gang prevention, intervention, and suppression programs. She led the campaign to pass Measure A, which would have dedicated a sustainable revenue stream for those programs, but fell just shy of the two thirds percentage needed to pass. On a smaller level, she expanded the Gang Alternatives Program to all elementary schools in her district.


Main article: California
lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2010

Hahn ran for California
Lieutenant Governor but was defeated in the primary by San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom
Gavin Newsom
, finishing second in a field of three candidates.


Hahn is sworn into office by Speaker of the House John Boehner on July 19, 2011.


2011 Main article: California\'s 36th congressional district special election, 2011

On February 7, 2011, Hahn announced her intention to run for the U.S. House of Representatives in the special election to fill California's 36th Congressional District seat vacated by Congresswoman Jane Harman 's departure to head the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Janice Hahn
Janice Hahn
in 2011

Hahn was one of sixteen candidates from all parties who competed in the special election primary on May 17, 2011. She finished first with 24 percent of the vote; Republican Craig Huey finished second with 22 percent. Because no candidate received more than 50 percent, Hahn and Huey, the top two finishers, faced off in a special runoff election on July 12. Many had expected California
Secretary of State Debra Bowen to secure one of the top two spots, but Bowen finished in third place.

The Los Angeles
Los Angeles
County Federation of Labor, AFL–CIO , endorsed Hahn in March 2011, a move the _ Daily Breeze _ called "significant" because of the fundraising and get out the vote power of the large organization. As of March 23, 2011, Hahn had received endorsements from Senator Dianne Feinstein , Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa , Los Angeles
Los Angeles
County Sheriff Lee Baca , California
Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez , California
State Senator Ted Lieu , Torrance Firefighters Association Local 1138, and other notable figures such as former LA Laker Earvin "Magic" Johnson and environmentalist and actor Ed Begley, Jr. .

On April 25, 2011, Hahn secured the endorsement of the _Los Angeles Times _. Following her victory in the primary, Hahn was endorsed by California
Democrats Governor Jerry Brown
Jerry Brown
, Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom (who defeated Hahn in the 2010 primary race for Lieutenant Governor), House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi
Nancy Pelosi
and House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer
Steny Hoyer
of Maryland. Emily\'s List , an organization that supports women candidates who support abortion rights also endorsed Hahn. On June 5, 2011, Hahn was officially endorsed by primary opponent Marcy Winograd, California
State Controller John Chiang , Assemblyman Warren Furutani and Assemblywoman Betsy Butler , as well as the gun-control group Brady Campaign .

A poll conducted by the _ Daily Kos _ and Service Employees International Union shortly before the July 2011 election had Hahn in the lead over Huey by 8 points, (52 percent to 44 percent) with 4 percent undecided. Her final margin of victory was 9 points, 54.56 percent to 45.44. 2012 See also: United States House of Representatives elections in California, 2012 § District 44

After redistricting dismantled her old district, Hahn decided to run in the newly redrawn 44th district , which included her home in San Pedro. That district had previously been the 37th, represented by fellow Democratic Congresswoman Laura Richardson . The California Democratic Party endorsed Hahn.

In the all-party primary (created as a result of Proposition 14 ), she finished first over Richardson by a wide margin, taking 60 percent of the vote to Richardson's 40 percent. This was all the more remarkable since Hahn was running in territory that was more than 60 percent new to her. In the general election, Hahn defeated Richardson with 60.2 percent of the vote to Richardson's 39.7 percent.


* House Committee on Homeland Security * House Committee on Small Business


* PORTS Caucus * Congressional Progressive Caucus * Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus * Out of Afghanistan Caucus


Hahn voted on Nov. 19, 2015, for HR 4038, legislation that would effectively halt the resettlement of refugees from Syria and Iraq to the United States.


Some of the awards received by Hahn include the Rosa Parks Award from the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the Bold Vision Award from the San Pedro Chamber of Commerce, the Public Service Award from the African-American Chamber of Commerce, the Recognition Award from the Harbor Area Gang Alternative Program, and enshrinement on the Promenade of Prominence in Watts.


Hahn is a lifelong resident of Los Angeles
Los Angeles
and lives in San Pedro. She is the mother of three children, the grandmother of five, and a member of the Churches of Christ .


General Election November 6, 2012 U.S. House of Representatives, 44th District, CA PARTY CANDIDATE VOTES %


Democratic Laura Richardson 65,989 39.8

TOTAL VOTES 165,898 100.00

election July 13, 2011 U.S. House of Representatives, 36th District, CA PARTY CANDIDATE VOTES %


Republican Craig Huey 34,636 45.44

Voter turnout 22%

Open primary election May 18, 2011 U.S. House of Representatives, 36th District, CA Top 5 out of 16 candidates PARTY CANDIDATE VOTES %



Democratic Debra Bowen 13,407 21

Democratic Marcy Winograd 5,905 9.3

Republican Mike Gin 4,997 7.9

Voter turnout 15%

Democratic Party Primary June 8, 2010 For California
lieutenant governor PARTY CANDIDATE VOTES %


Democratic Janice Hahn 780,115 33.3

Democratic Eric Korevaar 257,349 10.9

TOTAL VOTES 2,346,324 100.00

Voter turnout 31.0%

Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Primary Election March 3, 2009 City Council District 15 CANDIDATE VOTES PERCENTAGE

JANICE HAHN 10,869 76%

Chris Salabaj 3,420 24%

Voter turnout %

Los Angeles
Los Angeles
General Election June 5, 2001 City Council District 15 CANDIDATE VOTES PERCENTAGE

JANICE HAHN 19,005 57%

Hector J. Cepeda 14,413 43%

Voter turnout %

General Election November 3, 1998 U.S. House of Representatives, 36th District, CA, 1998 PARTY CANDIDATE VOTES %


Democratic Janice Hahn 84,624 47

Green Robin Barrett 3,612 1.6

Libertarian Kerry Welsh 3,066 1.5

Reform John R. Konopka 1,561 0.9

TOTAL VOTES 181,706 100.00

Voter turnout %

Los Angeles
Los Angeles
General Election June 13, 1997 Charter Commissioner District 15 CANDIDATE VOTES PERCENTAGE

JANICE HAHN 5,709 65%

Jerry L. Gaines 3,036 35%

Voter turnout 31.0%

Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Primary Election April 22, 1997 Charter Commissioner District 15 CANDIDATE VOTES PERCENTAGE

JANICE HAHN 10,092 49%

Jerry L. Gaines 6,857 34%

Linda Louise Forster 3,496 17%

Voter turnout 31.0%


* Women in the United States House of Representatives
United States House of Representatives


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