Janice Hahn (courtesy photo)
Janice Hahn (courtesy photo)

The Los Angeles Sentinel/ L.A. Watts Times this week announced they are endorsing Congresswoman Janice Hahn, who is now running for Los Angeles County Supervisor over the 4th district. The endorsement has been added to more than 700 that she has received so far. Those include Labor Union, AFL –CIO, Long Beach Firefighters Local 372 and United Firefighters of Los Angeles City.

“It is such an honor to have the confidence and the support of the working people of Los Angeles County,” she said during a past interview in response to those endorsements.

“Throughout my career, I’ve always strived to advance common sense policies that lift up workers, from supporting an increase in the minimum wage to advocating for equal pay for equal work, and from ensuring protections for workers’ rights to increasing access to high quality healthcare, and more…”

Of the Sentinel endorsement, “I’m deeply grateful to have the support of the widely respected Los Angeles Sentinel newspaper,” Hahn said.

“Considered a cherished institution for both news and opinion coverage, their support speaks volumes about my record of delivering for the African American and all diverse communities. It means so much to me to have this enormous endorsement from a newspaper that I have read throughout my life.”

Currently, Hahn is the U.S. Representative of the 44th district of California. She was elected to Congress in a special election held in July of 2011, and re-elected in November 2012.

She sits on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee as well as the House Small Business Committee. She serves as Ranking Member on the Small Business Subcommittee on Health and Technology and was on the 2013 Select Panel on 21st Century Freight Transportation. She is a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on the Coast Guard and Marine Transportation, Subcommittee on Highways and Transit, Subcommittee on Water Resources and Development, and the Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials.

Her desire to serve was instilled by her father, Los Angeles County Supervisor, Kenny Hahn, she said. Before public office however, she served as a teacher and a businesswoman, in addition to the never ending position of single mother.

A graduate of Abilene Christian University, Janice also holds an Honorary Doctorate from Pepperdine University, according to her campaign webswite. In recognition of her distinguished leadership, Janice has received several awards, including the Rosa Parks Award from the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the Lillian Mobley Grassroots Catalyst Award from the National Women’s Political Caucus—South Bay, the Public Service Award from the African American Chamber of Commerce, the Bold Vision Award from the San Pedro Chamber of Commerce, the Recognition Award from the Harbor Area Gang Alternative Program, and enshrinement on the Promenade of Prominence in Watts.

Janice is a lifelong resident of Los Angeles and lives in San Pedro. She is the daughter of the late Ramona Hahn and Los Angeles County Supervisor Kenneth Hahn and the sister of James Hahn, the former Mayor of Los Angeles. Janice has two sons, Danny and Mark, a daughter, Katy, and five beautiful grandchildren: McKenna, Brooklyn, Isabela, Josiah, and Luke.