Congresswoman representing California's 44th district
Janice Hahn represents the communities that make up California's 44th Congressional District, including Carson, Compton, Lynwood, San Pedro, South Gate, South Los Angeles, Rancho Dominguez, Walnut Park, Watts/Willowbrook, Wilmington and North Long Beach.
First elected to Congress in a special election held in July of 2011, she was re-elected in 2012 and 2014.
Congresswoman Hahn serves on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee as well as the House Small Business Committee. She also is the co-founder and co-chair of the Congressional PORTS Caucus, a bipartisan organization that now includes more than 100 Members of Congress.
She is a leading advocate for the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles – which together are America’s busiest port complex and an economic engine for Southern California – and our nation’s ports in general, recognizing their importance in creating and supporting jobs, sustaining businesses and helping consumers across the U.S.
Janice is a lifelong resident of Los Angeles and lives in San Pedro. She is the daughter of the late Ramona Hahn and Los Angeles County Supervisor Kenneth Hahn and the sister of James Hahn, the former Mayor of Los Angeles. Janice has two sons, Danny and Mark, a daughter, Katy, and five beautiful grandchildren: McKenna, Brooklyn, Isabela, Josiah, and Luke.
Janice was greatly influenced by her father’s career in public service. In 1962, during the Civil Rights movement, when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. visited Los Angeles, not a single local, state or federal public official was willing to go to the airport to meet Dr. King—except one: Kenny Hahn.
Ignoring all the warnings of ‘political cost,’ Kenny Hahn went to the airport to welcome Dr. King to the City of Angels. That day, Janice learned a lesson she would never forget: that she must never let anything stop her from standing up for justice.
Janice knew she also wanted to serve her community but did not immediately pursue the same path. She was a teacher, a businesswoman, and a single mother of three children.
In time, however, Janice started to believe that the best way she could effect change and fight for the hard-working people of her community was in elected office. In 2001, she was elected Councilwoman of the 15th District of the City of Los Angeles, where she served the communities of San Pedro, Watts, Wilmington, Harbor City, and Harbor Gateway for almost a decade.
Janice has fought and won the difficult battles to give working men and women the wages, benefits and dignity they have earned. She secured affordable healthcare for workers at LAX and helped hotel workers earn a living wage and respectable working conditions. Combating the ongoing tragedy of gang violence, Janice has worked to build a comprehensive anti-gang strategy that goes beyond enforcement and incorporates prevention, intervention, after-school programs and job training.