|U.S. House, California, District 44|
|January 3, 2015|
|Years in position||3|
|Predecessor||Jane Harman (D)|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|Cost per vote||$24.86 in 2012|
|First elected||July 12, 2011|
|Next primary||June 3, 2014|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Los Angeles City Council|
|Los Angeles City Charter Reform Commission|
|Bachelor's||Abilene Christian University|
|Birthday||March 30, 1952|
|Place of birth||Los Angeles, California|
|Religion||Churches of Christ|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Career
- 3 Committee assignments
- 4 Issues
- 4.1 Legislative actions
- 4.1.1 113th Congress
- 4.1.2 National security
- 4.1.3 Economy
- 4.1.4 Immigration
- 4.1.5 Healthcare
- 4.1.6 Social issues
- 4.1.7 Previous congressional sessions
- 4.2 Campaign themes
- 4.1 Legislative actions
- 5 Elections
- 6 Campaign donors
- 7 Analysis
- 8 Personal
- 9 Recent news
- 10 See also
- 11 External links
- 12 References
Hahn most recently won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing California's 44th District. She defeated Laura Richardson in the general election on November 6, 2012. She was displaced from her former district, the 36th, by redistricting.
Prior to her career in the U.S. House, Hahn served on the Los Angeles City Council from 2001 to 2011.
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.
Below is an abbreviated outline of Hahn's academic, professional and political career:
- 1997-1999: Los Angeles City Charter Reform Commission
- 1998: Unsuccessful candidate for U.S. House of Representatives
- 2001-2011: Los Angeles City Council
- 2010: Unsuccessful candidate for California Lieutenant Governor
- 2011-Present: U.S. House of Representatives
Hahn serves on the following committees:
- Transportation and Infrastructure
- Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation
- Subcommittee on Highways and Transit
- Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment
- Small Business Committee
Hahn served on the following committees:
- Homeland Security Committee
- Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence
- Small Business Committee
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. For more information pertaining to Hahn's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.
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." 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.
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.
Hahn voted against HR 2217 - the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 that was largely along party lines.
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.
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. 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. However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.Hahn voted with 102 other Democratic representatives against the bill.
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. The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and 3 Democrats voting against the bill. The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations. 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 left the Affordable Care Act without any drastic cuts. Hahn joined with the majority of the Democratic party and voted in favor of the bill.
- See also: United States budget debate, 2013
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. 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. Hahn voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.
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. 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.
Federal Pay Adjustment Elimination
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.
Morton Memos Prohibition
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. The vote largely followed party lines.
Healthcare Reform Rules
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.
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.
Previous congressional sessions
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.
Hahn's campaign website listed the following issues:
- 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."
- 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."
- 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."
Hahn won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing California's 44th District. She was displaced from her former district, the 36th, by redistricting. 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.
|U.S. House, California District 44 General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||Laura Richardson Incumbent||39.8%||65,989|
|Source: California Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"|
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.
|Janice Hahn's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||US House (California, District 44)||$2,521,898|
|Grand Total Raised||$2,521,898|
|Janice Hahn (2014) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|April Quarterly||April 15, 2013||$37,918.96||$85,325.00||$(36,787.50)||$86,456.46|
|July Quarterly||July 15, 2013||$86,456.46||$86,264.44||$(92,632.38)||$80,088.52|
|October Quarterly||October 15, 2013||$86,813.52||$82,169.02||$(70,617.91)||$98,364.63|
|Year-End||January 31, 2014||$98,364||$106,688||$(87,883)||$118,169|
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. This is more than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.
Cost per vote
Hahn spent $24.86 per vote received in 2012.
|U.S. House, California District 44, 2012 - Janice Hahn Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by Election Runner-up||$599,696|
|Total Spent by Election Runner-up||$540,277|
|Top contributors to Janice Hahn's campaign committee|
|American Fedn of St/Cnty/Munic Employees||$20,000|
|AmeriPAC: The Fund for a Greater America||$20,000|
|Carpenters & Joiners Union||$20,000|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|Building Trade Unions||$110,999|
Ideology and leadership
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.
Hahn most often votes with:
Hahn least often votes with:
Lifetime voting record
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.
Congressional staff salaries
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.
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.
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.
|Janice Hahn Yearly Net Worth|
|Year||Avg. Net Worth||Avg. Citizen Net Worth|
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.
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.
Hahn has three children.
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- Fact-checking at PolitiFact
- CNN, "California Districts Race - 2012 Election Center," accessed December 1, 2012
- Roll Call, "Democrat Ends Bid, Leaves Hahn and Richardson to Fight in California," accessed March 10, 2011
- Biographical Director of the United States Congress, "Janice Hahn," accessed November 12, 2011
- CQ.com - Roll Call, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed January 18, 2013
- Congresswoman Janice Hahn, Representing the 36th District of California, "Committees and Caucuses," accessed August 1, 2011
- Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
- Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
- Office of Barbara Lee, "Lee Letter to President Obama," accessed September 2, 2013
- Washington Post, "More than 50 House Democrats also want Syria strike resolution," accessed September 2, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "HR 1960 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "HR 2217 - Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "HR 624 - CISPA (2013) - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- Clerk of U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 31: H.R. 2642," accessed February 12, 2014
- Politico, "House clears Farm Bill," accessed February 12, 2014
- New York Times, "Senate passes long-stalled Farm Bill, with clear winners and losers," accessed February 12, 2014
- CNN.com, "House passes compromise $1.1 trillion budget for 2014," accessed January 20, 2014
- U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 21," accessed January 20, 2014
- Roll Call, "House passes $1.1 trillion omnibus," accessed January 20, 2014
- Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
- Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
- Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
- The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
- U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed September 16, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- 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
- Project Vote Smart, "HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
- Campaign website, "Issues," accessed August 10, 2012
- California Secretary of State, "Official primary candidate list," accessed March 13, 2014
- California Secretary of State, "Unofficial election results," November 6, 2012
- California Secretary of State special election results, accessed April 22, 2013
- Open Secrets, "Career Fundraising for Janice Hahn," accessed March 22, 2013
- Federal Election Commission, "Janice Hahn Summary Report," accessed July 23, 2013
- Federal Election Commission, "Janice Hahn April Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2013
- Federal Election Commission, "Janice Hahn July Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2013
- Federal Election Commission, "Janice Hahn October Quarterly," accessed October 21, 2013
- Federal Election Commission, "Janice Hahn Year-End," accessed February 4, 2014
- Open Secrets, "Janice Hahn 2012 Election Cycle," accessed February 20, 2013
- Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," accessed June 19, 2013
- GovTrack, "Janice Hahn," accessed June 7 2013
- OpenCongress, "Janice Hahn," accessed July 31, 2013
- GovTrack, "Janice Hahn," accessed April 2, 2013
- LegiStorm, "Janice Hahn," accessed August 21, 2012
- CNN Politics, "Congressional bonuses in a time of cuts," accessed March 8, 2013
- OpenSecrets, "Janice Hahn (D-Calif), 2012," accessed February 18, 2014
- National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 21, 2013
- OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 6, 2013
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