Janice Hahn

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Janice Hahn
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U.S. House, California, District 44
In office
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 4
PredecessorJane Harman (D)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 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
Date of birthMarch 30, 1952
Place of birthLos Angeles, California
ProfessionTeacher, Businesswoman
Net worth$48,501
ReligionChurches of Christ
Office website
Campaign website
Janice Kay Hahn (b. March 30, 1952) 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 won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing California's 44th District as a Democrat.[1] She was displaced from her former district, the 36th, by redistricting.[2]

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Hahn is a "moderate Democratic follower".[3]


Hahn was born in Los Angeles, California. She earned her B.S. from Abilene Christian University in 1974.[4]


Below is an abbreviated outline of Hahn's academic, professional and political career:[5]

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Hahn serves on the following committees:[6]


Hahn served on the following committees:[7]


Campaign themes


Hahn's campaign website listed the following issues:[8]

  • 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."

Specific votes

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 one 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.[9]



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 as a Democrat.[1] She was displaced from her former district, the 36th by redistricting.[2] Hahn and Laura Richardson advanced past the June 5, 2012, blanket primary. They faced off in the general election November 6, 2012.[10][11] Because of her match-up with incumbent Richardson, Hahn was considered one the vulnerable incumbents.[12]

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.[14]

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


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.[15]


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.[16]

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 she 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.[17]

Staff bonuses

According to an analysis by CNN, Hahn was one of nearly 25 percent of House members who gave their staff bonuses in 2012. Hahn's staff was given an apparent $2,500.00 in bonus money.[18]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Hahn's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $17,003 and $80,000. That averages to $48,501, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic Representatives in 2011 of $5,107,874.[19]

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.[20]

Political positions

Percentage voting with party

November 2011

Janice Hahn voted with the Democratic Party 98.6% of the time, which ranked 1 among the 192 House Democratic members as of 2011.[21]


Hahn has three children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Jane Harman
U.S. House of Representatives - California, District 44
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Los Angeles City Council
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Los Angeles City Charter Reform Commission
Succeeded by