Janice Kay Hahn was born on March 30, 1952, in Los Angeles, California. In 1998 Hahn, a Democrat, ran unsuccessfully for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. She then served on the Los Angeles City Council from 2001-11, and in 2010 she ran a failed campaign for California lieutenant governor. In a July 12, 2011 special election to fill the seat that had been vacated by the recently resigned Democrat Jane Harman, the voters of California's 36th Congressional District elected Hahn to the U.S. House of Representatives, where she continues to serve as a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. In 2013 Hahn's district was reconfigured and renumbered as the 44th.
Proceeding from the premise that all women should have an unrestricted right to abortion services—and to taxpayer subsidies for those services—Hahn has voted:
- against the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, a bill requiring healthcare practitioners who are present when an infant survives an attempted abortion, to exercises the same degree of care as would be provided to any infant born at the same gestational age;
- against the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Acts of 2013 and 2015, which sought to prohibit abortions from being performed on any fetus that had reached the 20th week of its gestation period—except in cases where a pregnancy endangered the mother's life or was the result of rape or incest; and
- against separate proposals to prohibit the federal funding of any abortion services or any health insurance plans that cover such services.
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Favoring comprehensive immigration reform legislation that would “bring people out of the shadows and [put them] on a pathway to citizenship,” Hahn supported President Barack Obama's executive amnesty orders—i.e., “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” (DACA, 2012) and “Deferred Action for Parental Accountability” (DAPA, 2014)—which together shielded millions of illegals from potential deportation.
In 2012, when Rep. Peter King (R-NY) attempted to hold congressional hearings on the threat posed by Muslim radicalization in the United States, Hahn countered that “radical Christians” were likewise apt to use their own religion to justify bigotry.
On December 15, 2012, Hahn spoke at the All Saints Episcopal Church of Pasadena, which was hosting the annual convention of the Muslim Public Affairs Council. Other notables who addressed the audience included Lucille Roybal-Allard, Adam Schiff, Mike Honda, Antonio Villaraigosa, and Thomas Perez.
In a June 2014 radio interview about the rise of the brutal Islamic State terror group in Iraq, Hahn said she was “kind of uncomfortable” with the notion that the U.S. could claim any moral authority in using military action to combat the organization.
Hahn strongly opposes Voter ID laws, and her congressional website condemns such statutes as “unnecessary, expensive, and ineffective” expressions of “a nationwide assault on the American citizen’s right to vote.” By contrast, she strongly favors government-enforced affirmative action policies designed to compensate nonwhites and women for the effects of past and present discrimination; a steeply progressive income-tax structure where high earners pay disporoportionately high rates; and the implementation of carbon taxes, higher CAFE standards for automobiles, and federal funding for the research-and-development of wind and solar power.
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 After earning a B.S. degree from Abilene Christian University in 1974, Hahn served variously as director of marketing at the Alexander Haagen Company; president of the Gang Alternatives Program in the Los Angeles Harbor Area; vice president of Prudential Securities; public affairs region manager of Southern California Edison; and director of outreach at Western Waste Industries.