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Janice Hahn to be sworn in to House of Representatives


LOS ANGELES, Calif.–Janice Hahn will be sworn in today as a member of the House of Representatives, one week after winning a special election to represent a district stretching from West Los Angeles to Torrance.

House Speaker John Boehner will administer the oath in the House chamber at the U.S. Capitol.

In an email to supporters, Hahn said, “I am going to work hard every day to create more good jobs, get our economy back on track, bring our troops home from wars abroad and fight to protect Medicare and Social Security.”

Hahn, a Democrat who had served on the City Council since 2001, defeated Republican businessman Craig Huey, 54.56 percent-45.44 percent, in last Tuesday’s 36th District special election, necessitated by the Feb. 28 resignation of Rep. Jane Harman to head the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

Hahn’s election to the House marks the first time in 64 years that a member of the Hahn family would not be in office in Los Angeles city or county government. Her father, Kenneth Hahn, was elected to the city council in 1947, serving until being elected to the Board of Supervisors in 1952, a post he held for 40 years.

Gordon Hahn, Kenneth Hahn’s brother and Janice Hahn’s uncle, succeeded Kenneth Hahn on the City Council in 1953, serving for 10 years. James Hahn, her brother, was city controller from 1981-85, city attorney from 1985-2001 and mayor from 2001-2005. He is now a Superior Court judge.

Hahn’s election to Congress leaves Jan Perry as the only woman on the City Council.