Newspaper article Roll Call

House Democrat Ponders L.A. County Supervisor Bid (Updated)

Newspaper article Roll Call

House Democrat Ponders L.A. County Supervisor Bid (Updated)

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House Democrat Ponders L.A. County Supervisor Bid (Updated)

By Emily Cahn Posted at 4:20 p.m. on Feb. 4




Hahn is considering a bid for L.A. County supervisor in 2016. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 5:14 p.m. | Rep. Janice Hahn, a two-term Democrat from Los Angeles, is mulling a run for a seat on the powerful Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors in 2016, a move that would prohibit her from running for re-election in California's 44th District.

Hahn declined to comment on her re-election plans to CQ Roll Call on Wednesday. But a Hahn consultant said the congresswoman is pondering a run in a statement Wednesday afternoon.

"In recent months, Rep. Hahn has received a tremendous outpouring of support and words of encouragement to run for L.A. County Supervisor from leaders across L.A. County," Hahn adviser David Jacobson said in a statement to CQ Roll Call. "She plans to make public her 2016 intentions sometime in the near future."

Jacobson gave the same statement to The Los Angeles Times, which also reported on Hahn's potential move Wednesday.

The supervisor role will be open in 2016 thanks to term limits preventing Republican Supervisor Don Knabe from running for re- election.

The role is arguably more powerful than a spot in Congress, as it oversees one of the largest counties in California. Other supervisors on the board include former Rep. Hilda Solis, who left Congress in 2009 to serve as labor secretary in President Barack Obama's administration.

Hahn was first elected to Congress in a 2011 special election, when Democratic Rep. Jane Harman resigned to take a job at the Woodrow Wilson Center, a D.C.-based think tank. In 2012, Hahn faced a member-vs.-member race following the decennial redistricting process, defeating the embattled Laura Richardson by a wide margin.

Hahn comes from a well-known political family in Los Angeles County. …

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