Janice Hahn

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Janice Hahn
Janice Hahn.jpg
U.S. House, California, District 44
In office
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 3
PredecessorJane Harman (D)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$24.86 in 2012
First electedJuly 12, 2011
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$2,521,898
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Los Angeles City Council
Los Angeles City Charter Reform Commission
Bachelor'sAbilene Christian University
BirthdayMarch 30, 1952
Place of birthLos Angeles, California
ProfessionTeacher, Businesswoman
Net worth$480,502
ReligionChurches of Christ
Office website
Campaign website
Janice Kay Hahn (b. March 30, 1952, in Los Angeles, California) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House representing California's 44th Congressional District. Hahn was first elected to the House in a special election on July 12, 2011.

Hahn most recently won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing California's 44th District.[1] She defeated Laura Richardson in the general election on November 6, 2012. She was displaced from her former district, the 36th, by redistricting.[2]

Prior to her career in the U.S. House, Hahn served on the Los Angeles City Council from 2001 to 2011.

Hahn is running for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014.

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Hahn is an average Democratic member of Congress, meaning she will vote with the Democratic Party on the majority of bills.


Hahn was born in Los Angeles, California. She earned her B.S. from Abilene Christian University in 1974.[3]


Below is an abbreviated outline of Hahn's academic, professional and political career:[3]

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Hahn serves on the following committees:[4]


Hahn served on the following committees:[5]

Key votes

113th Congress


The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1%) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14% of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[6] For more information pertaining to Hahn's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[7]

National security


Voted "No" Hahn voted against HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.[8]

DHS Appropriations

Voted "No" Hahn voted against HR 2217 - the DHS Appropriations Act (2014) Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 that was largely along party lines.[9]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "No" Hahn voted against HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities. The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[10]


Farm bill

Voted "No" On January 29, 2014, the U.S. House approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, known as the Farm Bill.[11] The bill passed by a vote of 251-166. The nearly 1,000-page bill provides for the reform and continuation of agricultural and other programs of the Department of Agriculture through 2018. The $1 trillion bill expanded crop insurance for farmers by $7 billion over the next decade and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that would kick in when prices drop.[12][13] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[13] Hahn voted with 102 other Democratic representatives against the bill.

2014 Budget

Voted "Yes" On January 15, 2014, the Republican-run House approved H.R. 3547, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014.[14][15] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[15] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[16] It included a 1% increase in the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel, a $1 billion increase in Head Start funding for early childhood education, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency and protected the Affordable Care Act from any drastic cuts. Hahn joined with the majority of the Democratic party and voted in favor of the bill.[14][15]

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "No" On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[17] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[18] Hahn voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[19]

Voted "Yes" The shutdown finally ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[20] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Hahn voted for HR 2775.[21]

Federal Pay Adjustment Elimination

Voted "Yes" Hahn voted for HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees. The bill passed the House on February 15, 2013, with a vote of 261 - 154. The bill would prevent a 0.5% pay increase for all federal workers from taking effect, saving the federal government $11 billion over 10 years. Hahn was 1 of 44 Democrats who supported the bill, while 144 voted against it.[22]


Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "No" Hahn voted against House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States.[23] The vote largely followed party lines.[24]


Healthcare Reform Rules

Voted "No" Hahn voted against House Amendment 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The amendment was adopted by the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 227-185. The amendment requires that all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.[25]

Social issues


Voted "No" Hahn voted against HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The resolution passed the House on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 228 - 196 that largely followed party lines. The purpose of the bill is to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.[26]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Hahn voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. She was 1 of 172 Democrats that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[27]


On The Issues Vote Match

Janice Hahn's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of all Congressional members based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Hahn is a Moderate Liberal. Hahn received a score of 70 percent on personal issues and 25 percent on economic issues.[28]

On The Issues organization logo.
On The Issues Vote Quiz
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Strongly Favors Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Strongly Favors
Expand ObamaCare Unknown Comfortable with same-sex marriage Strongly Favors
Vouchers for school choice Favors Keep God in the public sphere Opposes
Absolute right to gun ownership Strongly Opposes Human needs over animal rights Strongly Opposes
Higher taxes on the wealthy Strongly Favors Stricter punishment reduces crime Opposes
Support & expand free trade Unknown Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Favors
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Strongly Favors Maintain US sovereignty from UN Unknown
Prioritize green energy Strongly Favors Expand the military Opposes
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Favors Stay out of Iran Favors
Privatize Social Security Strongly Opposes Never legalize marijuana Strongly Opposes
Note: Information last updated in 2014.[28]

American response in Syria

See also: United States involvement in Syria

On August 29, 2013, more than 50 House Democrats signed a letter written by California Rep. Barbara Lee that called for a congressional resolution on strikes, and cautioned that the dire situation in Syria "should not draw us into an unwise war—especially without adhering to our constitutional requirements."[29][30] The letter also called on the Obama administration to work with the U.N. Security Council “to build international consensus” condemning the alleged use of chemical weapons. Hahn was 1 of the 50 Democrats in the House to sign the letter.[29][30]

Campaign themes


Hahn's campaign website listed the following issues:[31]

  • Economic Growth and Job Creation
Excerpt: "In Congress, Janice’s top priority is getting our economy moving again and creating well-paying jobs in California. As a member of the Small Business Committee, Janice is working to ensure that local small businesses get the help and opportunities they need to flourish in a global economy."
  • The Port
Excerpt: "As a City Councilwoman for the last decade, Janice Hahn has dealt directly with one of the largest economic engines in the area – the Port of Los Angeles. In Congress, she founded the bi-partisan Ports Caucus, working across the aisle to create jobs and ensure our security."
  • Education
Excerpt: "She is dedicated to ensuring the next generation has access to a first-rate education and the tools to drive our economy forward. Our country is strongest when our workers are trained with the knowledge and ingenuity to perform at the highest levels. Every child should have the opportunity to reach that horizon and fulfill the American Dream."
  • Women’s Rights
Excerpt: "In Congress, Janice has stood up to right wing attacks on women’s health. Janice strongly supports advancing the rights of women. She believes in providing women a quality education, fair pay, and equal employment opportunities."
  • Healthcare
Excerpt: "Janice has always been a strong supporter of universal health care, and as a member of Congress, she is standing up to attacks on President Obama’s health care law. She believes that the Affordable Care Act is a step in the right direction, but we must do more to improve access and expand coverage to more Americans."



See also: California's 44th Congressional District elections, 2014

Hahn is running for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. She ran unopposed in the blanket primary on June 3, 2014, and is unchallenged in the general election as well.[32]


See also: California's 44th Congressional District elections, 2012

Hahn won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing California's 44th District.[1] She was displaced from her former district, the 36th, by redistricting.[2] Hahn and incumbent Laura Richardson advanced past the blanket primary on June 5, 2012. Hahn went on to defeat Richardson in the general election on November 6, 2012.[33][34]

U.S. House, California District 44 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJanice Hahn 60.2% 99,909
     Democratic Laura Richardson Incumbent 39.8% 65,989
Total Votes 165,898
Source: California Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Full history

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Hahn is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Hahn raised a total of $2,521,898 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 22, 2013.[36]

Janice Hahn's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (California, District 44) Won $2,521,898
Grand Total Raised $2,521,898


Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Hahn's reports.[37]

Janice Hahn (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[38]April 15, 2013$37,918.96$85,325.00$(36,787.50)$86,456.46
July Quarterly[39]July 15, 2013$86,456.46$86,264.44$(92,632.38)$80,088.52
October Quarterly[40]October 15, 2013$86,813.52$82,169.02$(70,617.91)$98,364.63
Year-End[41]January 31, 2014$98,364$106,688$(87,883)$118,169
April Quarterly[42]April 15, 2014$118,169$75,986$(46,938)$147,216
Pre-Primary[43]May 22, 2014$147,216$39,384$(57,568)$129,033
Running totals


Breakdown of the source of Hahn's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Hahn won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Hahn's campaign committee raised a total of $2,521,898 and spent $2,483,980.[44] This is more than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[45]

Cost per vote

Hahn spent $24.86 per vote received in 2012.

Personal Gain Index

Congressional Personal Gain Index graphic.png
See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)

The Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress) is a four-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the U.S. Congress have personally benefited from their tenure as public servants.
It consists of four different metrics pioneered by the Government Accountability Institute:

PGI: Net worth

See also: Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index) and Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives
Net Worth Metric graphic.png

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Hahn's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $296,005 and $665,000. That averages to $480,502, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2012 of $5,700,168.36. Hahn ranked as the 269th most wealthy representative in 2012.[46] Between 2010 and 2012, Hahn's calculated net worth increased from $0 to $480,502. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[47]

Janice Hahn Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
Growth from 2010 to 2012:N/A
Average annual growth:N/A
Comparatively, the average citizen experienced a yearly decline in net worth of 0.94%.[48]
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership, and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.


Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Hahn is a "rank-and-file Democrat" as of June 2013.[49]

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[50]

Hahn most often votes with:

Hahn least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Hahn missed 55 of 1,093 roll call votes from July 2011 to March 2013. This amounts to 5.0%, which is worse than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[51]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Hahn paid her congressional staff a total of $400,199 in 2011. She ranked 2nd on the list of the lowest paid Democratic representative staff salaries and ranked 4th overall of the lowest paid representative staff salaries in 2011. Overall, California ranked 5th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[52]

Staff bonuses

According to an analysis by CNN, Hahn is one of nearly 25% of House members who gave their staff bonuses in 2012. Hahn's staff was given an apparent $2,500.00 in bonus money.[53]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings


Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Hahn ranked 41st in the liberal rankings in 2012.[54]

Voting with party


The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Hahn has voted with the Democratic Party 95.2% of the time, which ranked 104th among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[55]


Hahn has three children.

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See also

External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 CNN, "California Districts Race - 2012 Election Center," accessed December 1, 2012
  2. 2.0 2.1 Roll Call, "Democrat Ends Bid, Leaves Hahn and Richardson to Fight in California," accessed March 10, 2011
  3. 3.0 3.1 Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "Janice Hahn," accessed November 12, 2011
  4. CQ.com - Roll Call, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed January 18, 2013
  5. Congresswoman Janice Hahn, Representing the 36th District of California, "Committees and Caucuses," accessed August 1, 2011
  6. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  7. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  8. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1960 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  9. Project Vote Smart, "HR 2217 - DHS Appropriations Act (2014) Act of 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  10. Project Vote Smart, "HR 624 - CISPA (2013) - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  11. Clerk of U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 31: H.R. 2642," accessed February 12, 2014
  12. Politico, "House clears Farm Bill," accessed February 12, 2014
  13. 13.0 13.1 New York Times, "Senate passes long-stalled Farm Bill, with clear winners and losers," accessed February 12, 2014
  14. 14.0 14.1 CNN.com, "House passes compromise $1.1 trillion budget for 2014," accessed January 20, 2014
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 21," accessed January 20, 2014
  16. Roll Call, "House passes $1.1 trillion omnibus," accessed January 20, 2014
  17. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  18. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  19. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  20. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  21. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  22. Project Vote Smart, "HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  23. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed September 16, 2013
  24. Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  25. Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  26. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  27. U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
  28. 28.0 28.1 On The Issues, "Janice Hahn Vote Match," accessed June 20, 2014
  29. 29.0 29.1 Office of Barbara Lee, "Lee Letter to President Obama," accessed September 2, 2013
  30. 30.0 30.1 Washington Post, "More than 50 House Democrats also want Syria strike resolution," accessed September 2, 2013
  31. Campaign website, "Issues," accessed August 10, 2012
  32. The New York Times, "California Primary Results," June 3, 2014
  33. California Secretary of State, "Official primary candidate list," accessed March 13, 2014
  34. California Secretary of State, "Unofficial election results," November 6, 2012
  35. California Secretary of State special election results, accessed April 22, 2013
  36. Open Secrets, "Career Fundraising for Janice Hahn," accessed March 22, 2013
  37. Federal Election Commission, "Janice Hahn Summary Report," accessed July 23, 2013
  38. Federal Election Commission, "Janice Hahn April Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2013
  39. Federal Election Commission, "Janice Hahn July Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2013
  40. Federal Election Commission, "Janice Hahn October Quarterly," accessed October 21, 2013
  41. Federal Election Commission, "Janice Hahn Year-End," accessed February 4, 2014
  42. Federal Election Commission, "Janice Hahn April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  43. Federal Election Commission, "Janice Hahn Pre-Primary," accessed June 3, 2014
  44. Open Secrets, "Janice Hahn 2012 Election Cycle," accessed February 20, 2013
  45. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," accessed June 19, 2013
  46. OpenSecrets, "Janice Hahn (D-Calif), 2012," accessed February 18, 2014
  47. This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
  48. This figure was calculated using median asset data from the Census Bureau. Please see the Congressional Net Worth data for Ballotpedia spreadsheet for more information on this calculation.
  49. GovTrack, "Janice Hahn," accessed June 7 2013
  50. OpenCongress, "Janice Hahn," accessed July 31, 2013
  51. GovTrack, "Janice Hahn," accessed April 2, 2013
  52. LegiStorm, "Janice Hahn," accessed August 21, 2012
  53. CNN Politics, "Congressional bonuses in a time of cuts," accessed March 8, 2013
  54. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 21, 2013
  55. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 6, 2013
Political offices
Preceded by
Jane Harman
U.S. House of Representatives - California
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Los Angeles City Council
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Los Angeles City Charter Reform Commission
Succeeded by