Janice Hahn

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Janice Hahn
Member of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors
from the 4th district
Assumed office
December 5, 2016
Preceded byDon Knabe
Chair of Los Angeles County
In office
December 6, 2022 – December 5, 2023
Preceded byHolly Mitchell
Succeeded byLindsey Horvath
In office
December 4, 2018 – December 3, 2019
Preceded bySheila Kuehl
Succeeded byKathryn Barger
Chair pro tempore of Los Angeles County
In office
December 5, 2017 – December 4, 2018
Preceded bySheila Kuehl
Succeeded byKathryn Barger
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California
In office
July 12, 2011 – December 4, 2016
Preceded byJane Harman
Succeeded byNanette Barragán
Constituency36th district (2011–2013)
44th district (2013–2016)
Member of the Los Angeles City Council
from the 15th district
In office
July 1, 2001 – July 12, 2011
Preceded byRudy Svorinich
Succeeded byJoe Buscaino
Personal details
Janice Kay Hahn

(1952-03-30) March 30, 1952 (age 72)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
SpouseGary Baucum (divorced)
RelativesKenneth Hahn (father)
James Hahn (brother)
Gordon Hahn (uncle)
EducationAbilene Christian University (BS)
WebsiteOfficial Website

Janice Kay Hahn (born March 30, 1952) is an American politician serving as a member of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors from the 4th district since 2016. A member of the Democratic Party, she was a U.S. Representative from California from 2011 to 2016, elected in the 36th congressional district until 2013 and later in the 44th congressional district. She was previously a member of the Los Angeles City Council, representing the 15th district from 2001 to 2011. From 1997 to 1999, she served as an elected representative on the Los Angeles Charter Reform Commission.[1]

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.[2] In February 2015, Hahn announced she was retiring from Congress to run for the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors in 2016.[3] In the general election, Hahn defeated Steve Napolitano to succeed Don Knabe to become the next Los Angeles County supervisor from the 4th district.[4] She was sworn in on December 5, 2016.

Early life and education[edit]

Hahn was born in Los Angeles and raised in a politically involved family. She is the daughter of Ramona Belle (née Fox)[5][6] and Kenneth Frederick Hahn, a career member of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors who also served on the Los Angeles City Council.[7]

Her uncle, Gordon Hahn, was a member of the California State Assembly and a Los Angeles City Councilman from the late 1940s to the early 1960s. Her brother, James Hahn, served as Los Angeles City Controller from 1981 to 1985, City Attorney from 1985 to 2001 and Mayor of Los Angeles from 2001 until 2005.[1][7] Hahn's maternal grandparents served as missionaries in Japan in the 1920s and 1930s.[5]

Hahn attended Abilene Christian University in Texas, earning a Bachelor of Science in education in 1974.[8]

Early career[edit]

Education and business[edit]

She taught at the Good News Academy, a private school in Westchester from 1974 to 1978. Her other work in the private sector has included Public Affairs Region Manager at Southern California Edison from 1995 to 2000;[8] 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.

Local commissions[edit]

Hahn was elected to represent the Fifteenth District on the Los Angeles Charter Reform Commission, serving from 1997 to 1999.[9] 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 International Airport and the Port of Los Angeles, and a system of neighborhood councils.[7]

1998 congressional election[edit]

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%.[10]

Los Angeles City Council (2001–2011)[edit]

Hahn giving a speech in 2007

Hahn served on the Los Angeles City Council, representing the 15th District, from 2001 to 2011. The 15th District encompasses the San Pedro Harbor and includes the ethnically diverse communities of Harbor City, Harbor Gateway, San Pedro, Watts and Wilmington.[11] She was reelected to her third and final term in November 2009.[1]

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."[12] Hahn walked the picket lines with unionized dockworkers in 2002.[13] After the Bush administration suggested it would intervene in the labor dispute by using government troops to operate the ports, Hahn urged non-intervention.[13] "'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."[13] 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.[citation needed]

Hahn cites her efforts to clean up the Port of 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.[14] 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.[14][15] 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.[15] 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 in both San Pedro and Wilmington.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

2010 lieutenant gubernatorial election[edit]

Hahn ran for Lieutenant Governor of California in 2010 but was defeated in the Democratic primary by San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, finishing second in a field of three candidates.[16] She received 33.3% of the vote against Newsom's 55.5%.

U.S. House of Representatives (2011–2016)[edit]



Hahn is sworn into office by House Speaker John Boehner on July 19, 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 U.S. Representative Jane Harman's departure to head the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

Hahn in 2011

Hahn was one of sixteen candidates from all parties who competed in the special election primary on May 17, 2011.[17] 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.[17] Many had expected California Secretary of State Debra Bowen to secure one of the top two spots, but Bowen finished in third place.[citation needed]

The 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.[18] As of March 23, 2011, Hahn had received endorsements from Senator Dianne Feinstein, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, 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.[19]

On April 25, 2011, Hahn secured the endorsement of the Los Angeles Times.[17] Following her victory in the primary, Hahn was endorsed by California Democrats Governor Jerry Brown, Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom (who defeated Hahn in the 2010 primary race for lieutenant governor), House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer of Maryland. Emily's List, an organization that supports women candidates who support abortion rights also endorsed Hahn.[20] 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.[21] Her final margin of victory was 9 points, 54.56 percent to 45.44.[2]


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.[22]

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.[citation needed]

Committee assignments[edit]


Political positions[edit]

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.[24] Hahn supports the conversion of dangerous Modified Hydrofluoric Acid (MHF) at refineries to a safer alternative.[25]

Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors[edit]

In 2018, Hahn supported the appointment of Nicole Tinkham as interim public defender, despite a letter signed by 390 public defenders who were concerned that Tinkham lacked criminal law experience and the potential for a conflict of interest, given Tinkham’s prior representation of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.[26]


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.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Hahn is a lifelong resident of Los Angeles and lives in San Pedro.[1] A member of the Hahn family of California, she is the mother of three children, the grandmother of five, and a member of the Churches of Christ.[27]

Electoral history[edit]

Los Angeles Primary Election April 22, 1997
Charter Commissioner District 15[28]
Candidate Votes %
Janice Hahn 10,092 49
Jerry L. Gaines 6,857 34
Linda Louise Forster 3,496 17
Voter turnout 31.0%
Los Angeles General Election June 13, 1997
Charter Commissioner District 15[29]
Candidate Votes %
Janice Hahn 5,709 65
Jerry L. Gaines 3,036 35
Voter turnout 31.0%
General Election November 3, 1998
U.S. House of Representatives, 36th District, CA, 1998[10]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Steven T. Kuykendall 88,843 49
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
Los Angeles General Election June 5, 2001
City Council District 15[30]
Candidate Votes %
Janice Hahn 19,005 57
Hector J. Cepeda 14,413 43
Voter turnout %
Los Angeles Primary Election March 3, 2009
City Council District 15[31]
Candidate Votes %
Janice Hahn 10,869 76
Chris Salabaj 3,420 24
Voter turnout %
Democratic Party Primary June 8, 2010
For California lieutenant governor[16]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Gavin Newsom 1,308,860 55.5
Democratic Janice Hahn 780,115 33.3
Democratic Eric Korevaar 257,349 10.9
Total votes 2,346,324 100.00
Turnout 7,553,109 31.0
Open primary election May 18, 2011
U.S. House of Representatives, 36th District, CA
Top 5 out of 16 candidates[32]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Janice Hahn 15,647 24.6
Republican Craig Huey 14,116 22.2
Democratic Debra Bowen 13,407 21
Democratic Marcy Winograd 5,905 9.3
Republican Mike Gin 4,997 7.9
Turnout   15
Special election July 13, 2011
U.S. House of Representatives, 36th District, CA[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Janice Hahn 41,585 54.56
Republican Craig Huey 34,636 45.44
Turnout   22
General Election November 6, 2012
U.S. House of Representatives, 44th District, CA[33]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Janice Hahn 99,909 60.2
Democratic Laura Richardson 65,989 39.8
Total votes 165,898 100.00

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Janice Hahn Council District 15 Bio". City of Los Angeles. Archived from the original on July 27, 2011. Retrieved June 4, 2011.
  2. ^ a b c "County of Los Angeles Department of Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk JULY 12, 2011 – CD 36 SPECIAL GENERAL ELECTION Semi-Final Official Election Returns". July 12, 2011. Archived from the original on July 13, 2011. Retrieved July 13, 2011.
  3. ^ By ${element.Contributor} (2015-02-18). "Rep. Janice Hahn to Run for County Supervisor (Updated)". Atr.rollcall.com. Retrieved 2016-11-11. {{cite web}}: |author= has generic name (help)
  4. ^ The New York Times (2016-11-09). "District 4 Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Results: Janice Hahn Leads". The New York Times.
  5. ^ a b "Ramona Hahn, Wife Of The Late Supervisor Kenneth Hahn, Dead At 86". Beverly Hills Courier. City News Service. July 11, 2011. Archived from the original on 2012-03-15.
  6. ^ "Person Details for Ramona Belle Fox, "California, County Marriages, 1850-1952" — FamilySearch.org". FamilySearch. Archived from the original on 2015-12-08. Retrieved 2015-12-08.
  7. ^ a b c "Kenneth F. Hahn, 77, Is Dead; Political Giant in Los Angeles". The New York Times. October 14, 1997. Retrieved June 4, 2011.
  8. ^ a b "Janice Hahn, Democratic candidate for California lieutenant governor". Los Angeles Times. May 14, 2010. Retrieved June 4, 2011.
  9. ^ Martin, Hugo (1997-01-28). "112 compete for 15 seats on city charter reform panel" (Pay per view). Los Angeles Times Archives. Retrieved 2012-04-03. Among the candidates for the elected panel are ... Janice Hahn, a businesswoman and sister of City Atty. James K. Hahn
  10. ^ a b "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1998" (PDF). Clerk.house.gov. p. 7. Retrieved 2016-11-11.
  11. ^ "Council District 15 Zip Codes" (PDF). City of Los Angeles. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-07-27.
  12. ^ Gene Maddus (March 22, 2011). "Councilwoman Janice Hahn Gets Labor Fed Endorsement In Congressional Race". LA Weekly. Retrieved June 4, 2011.
  13. ^ a b c Simon Avery (August 13, 2002). "ILWU's message to Bush: Stay away". Honolulu Advertiser.
  14. ^ a b "LA Councilwoman Hahn Presents Her Campaign Platform". Manhattan Beach Patch. Manhattan Beach, CA Patch. May 16, 2011. Retrieved June 4, 2011.
  15. ^ a b Shirley Hawkins (March 27, 2008). "Clean Truck Program wins unanimous approval". Ourweekly.com. Archived from the original on March 21, 2012. Retrieved June 4, 2011.
  16. ^ a b "June 8, 2010, Primary Election – Statement of Vote Lieutenant Governor" (PDF). California Secretary of State. Archived from the original (PDF) on May 20, 2011. Retrieved June 4, 2011.
  17. ^ a b c Kyle Trygstad (April 25, 2011). "LA Times endorses Janice Hahn in California special election". Roll Call. Retrieved May 16, 2011.
  18. ^ Eric Bradley (March 22, 2011). "L.A. County Federation of Labor backs Hahn". The Daily Breeze. Archived from the original on September 25, 2011.
  19. ^ "Endorsements". Janice Hahn for Congress. Archived from the original on 2011-05-19.
  20. ^ Kyle Trygstad (May 25, 2011). "Emily's List Endorses Janice Hahn". Roll Call.
  21. ^ Catalina Camia (July 11, 2011). "Poll: Dem leads in Calif. special election for House". USA Today.
  22. ^ Trygstad, Kyle. "California Democratic Party Endorses Janice Hahn over Laura Richardson". Roll Call. Washington, D.C. Retrieved November 11, 2016.
  23. ^ "Committees and Caucuses | Congresswoman Janice Hahn". Hahn.house.gov. Archived from the original on 2016-11-12. Retrieved 2016-11-11.
  24. ^ "Inside the Syrian refugee vote: California representatives explain what shaped their votes". Los Angeles Times. 2015-11-20. Retrieved 2016-11-11.
  25. ^ Hahn, Janice (February 22, 2022). "Letter from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisor to Governor Newsom regarding MHF at refineries" (PDF). Torrance Refinery Action Alliance.
  26. ^ "Hundreds of deputy public defenders protest choice of new interim leader". theavtimes.com. 23 January 2018. Retrieved 2018-02-10.
  27. ^ Ross Jr., Bobby (2011-08-19). "America's newest congresswoman is a Church of Christ member". Christian Chronicle. Archived from the original on 2011-09-29. Retrieved 2011-08-25.
  28. ^ "4/22/97 Election Results". Retrieved June 5, 2011.
  29. ^ "6/13/97 Election Results". Ens.lacity.org. Retrieved June 5, 2011.
  30. ^ "General Municipal & Consolidated Elections – Official Election Results June 5, 2001" (PDF). City of Los Angeles. June 16, 2001. Retrieved June 5, 2011.
  31. ^ "General Municipal & Consolidated Elections – Official Election Results" (PDF). City of Los Angeles. Retrieved June 5, 2011.
  32. ^ "CD 36 Spec Primary & Consolidated Elec: Final Official Election Returns". County of Los Angeles-Department of Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk. May 17, 2011. Retrieved June 3, 2011.
  33. ^ "Office of the California Secretary of State" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 19 October 2013. Retrieved 26 January 2014.

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