Representative Janice Hahn of California’s 36th Congressional District
As the newly elected member of congress for the 36th district, Hahn will be back on the campaign trail in 2012, since she is only finishing her predecessor’s term, this time
As the newly elected representative of the 36th congressional district, Janice Hahn is jumping into the thick of things in Washington, with the debt ceiling budget raging and a balance budget appearing to be elusive to both major parties. And then ….
However, without a respite or a honeymoon period, in less than a year, she’ll be traveling down the campaign road again; her recent victory only allows her to finish her predecessor’s term. She will have to gear up again to run for her very own full term.
Last Tuesday, Congresswoman-elect Janice Hahn joined the California delegation and became Representative Janice Hahn of the 36th Congressional District, as she was sworn in by Speaker John Boehner in Washington D.C., one week after she was elected by voters.
No stranger to politics–having come from a Los Angeles political family–Hahn has represented the 15th council district of the Los Angeles City Council for the past decade and before that she was a member of the L.A. Charter Reform Commission for almost two years. She has had her share of political setbacks having been unsuccessful in the recent race for lieutenant governor.
Prior to her swearing-in, Hahn said, “I actually think experience is a good thing; there is a new perception that an experienced politician is a bad thing, but I think experience serves you well.” And her decade-long experience on the city council will serve her constituents well as she transition from local to national politics, as she added, “Local government teaches you about solving people’s problems and that’s my strength.”
She also added, “I hope to work on my green jobs plan and transition into a green economy. The goal will be to create 25,000 green jobs in the 36 th district.” In addition to jobs and the economy, Hahn said that her focus will be on protecting Social Security, Medicare and taking care of veterans in her new coastal district which runs along the west county coastline stretching from Venice to San Pedro.
In a twist of fate, she had a bittersweet victory: her mother, Ramona Hahn died one day prior to her election victory; and her first remarks on the floor of the House of Representatives were, “It was a wonderful victory and profound loss for this is the first accomplishment I haven’t been able to share with her.”
Hahn stands on the shoulders of a Los Angeles political family. Her father, Kenneth Hahn, was the longest-serving (40 years) county supervisor of the second district as serving on the city council; her uncle, Gordon Hahn, served in the city council and the state assembly; and her brother, James Hahn served as city controller, city attorney and mayor.
Ironically, Hahn does not have to make any changes to the initials relative to her predecessor’s congressional decor, for they bear the same initials, “J.H”: from Jane Harman to Janice Hahn. According to Hahn, “I told her to leave her initials on the door;” and they may be there for a few more congressional terms. Hahn plans to run for a full term in 2012.
Accompanying Hahn to her swearing-in were her son, Danny Baucum; her daughter and son-in-law, Katy and John Yates; and her three grandchildren, McKenna, 8, Brooklyn, 6 and Josiah Yates, 5.
In a show of appreciation, Hahn invited her supporters and the community to view her swearing-in via television or the internet. She sent out the following statement: “I want to have you with me when I swear my oath tomorrow-and even if I can’t look up and see you in the gallery, it would mean a lot to me knowing you were watching from home. Watch me on C-SPAN!”