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California will start 2013 with a brand new congressional district but its representative will be a familiar face. Janice Hahn (D) defeated Laura Richardson (D) in the Nov. 6 general election by 25,000 votes to win the 44th Congressional District.
Both Hahn and Richardson were incumbent Democrats whose destinies were changed thanks to newly re-drawn congressional district lines. Hahn’s former district, the 36th, went from West L.A. to San Pedro, minus the Palos Verdes area. Richardson’s former district, the 37th, included Long Beach, Carson, Compton and Signal Hill. California’s new 44th District now encompasses the areas of San Pedro and North Long Beach, Carson, Compton, Lynwood, South Gate and Watts, Lynwood, Walnut Park, and Wilmington.
The daughter of legendary Los Angeles County Supervisor Kenneth Hahn and sister of the city’s former mayor James Kenneth Hahn, Janice Hahn served on the Los Angeles City Council representing the 15th District for 10 years until 2011. In July of 2011 Hahn won a special election called to fill the 36th Congressional District seat that was vacated by Jane Harman (D). Hahn defeated her Republican challenger with 55 percent of the vote.
Hahn had received the endorsement of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, the second largest chartered Central Labor Council (CLC) of the AFL-CIO in the country, this past February based in part on her “voting record on issues such as creating good middle class jobs, the right to organize and collective bargaining, affordable health care for all, and safe and healthy workplaces,” said Maria Elena Durazo, the organization’s executive secretary-treasurer.
In an e-mail sent to supporters on Nov. 8, Hahn thanked her volunteers, supporters and the voters for sending her back to Congress to be “their advocate and champion.”
“ … [v]oters in the 44th district have sent a resounding message that they want common sense solutions to our problems, more good jobs, better schools, an end to wars abroad, and someone who will fight to make sure that everyone in this district has an opportunity to succeed and has a fair shot at the American Dream,” said Hahn. Hahn also made a pledge to be part of Congress’ bipartisan workforce to end what she called “bickering” and solve the country’s problems.
“I will never stop fighting for you in Congress,” said Hahn.