At every step of my career, from being a local classroom teacher to serving as a member of the L.A. Charter Reform Commission, and from the L.A. City Council to the U.S. House of Representatives, I have always worked hard to give a voice to those without one.
I believe my experiences have provided me with the tools necessary to be a strong representative on the County Board of Supervisors on behalf of the 4th district.
As an L.A. County native, I feel strongly about getting things done for our region. This is why I followed in my father’s footsteps and entered public office in 1997 to serve on the L.A. Charter Reform Commission.
Democracy functions best when more people participate in the civic process. While serving on the L.A. Charter Reform Commission, I had a vision to move Los Angeles in a new direction, one that was more inclusive of neighborhoods in every corner of the city. On the Commission, I worked to establish the widely successful Neighborhood Council system. This system has given community stakeholders a say in local neighborhood issues, ranging from transportation and public safety, to infrastructure, street and sidewalk repair, parks, open space, environmental protection, and much more. As a result of the Neighborhood Council system, I’m proud to say that today L.A. city government is more accessible and open to the public than ever before.
Following my work on the Charter Reform Commission, in 2001, I ran and won a seat on the LA City Council, representing the 15th district, which spans from South L.A. and the Harbor communities, all the way down to San Pedro. It was my honor to fight for the hard-working people of this district for over a decade.
On the City Council, I worked hard to deliver results for the people of the 15th district, ranging from job creation to expansion of after-school programs to cleaning up the Port and combating harmful air pollution.
When it came to the Port, I developed a reputation for being the go-to City Council Member. As a result of my Port-related work, the impacts of Port operations like traffic, noise, and pollution have been significantly reduced. I spearheaded the program to move goods during off-peak hours. When everyone said it could not be done, I persisted. Now, more than 40% of goods are moved during nights and weekends. Beyond off-peak work, I was a vocal proponent of the Clean Trucks Program, which has reduced pollution from trucks at the Port by 80% and has spurred innovative new manufacturing businesses and jobs.
As part of the Clean Air Action Plan, I helped establish the first Alternative Maritime Power berth at the Port of Los Angeles. It allows ships to shut off their diesel engines and plug in to use electric power while docked. I fought to expedite the project’s timeline, resulting in its completion five years ahead of time. This program has led to a significant decrease in the harmful emissions ships produce while docked at the Port.
Keeping our local neighborhoods safe has always been my number one priority. That’s why I focused much of my time on the City Council to curbing gang and gun violence by advancing an anti-gang strategy through early intervention, job training and after-school programs.
Additionally, as Chair of the Trade, Commerce, and Tourism Committee on the City Council, I fought for the $4-billion Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) modernization program. Once fully complete, this program will have created thousands of jobs in the construction industry. It will also have helped boost our region’s tourism while keeping our airport competitive in an ever-evolving air-travel economy.
In 2011, U.S. Congresswoman Jane Harman vacated office causing a Special Election to fill her seat. I ran and won, and became the Representative for her old CA-36 district that stretched from West Los Angeles and LAX through the Beach Cities and all the way down to Torrance and San Pedro.
I ran for Congress on a platform of bringing common-sense solutions to our nation’s most complex problems.
Since then, I have delivered on that agenda, building bi-partisan coalitions around pragmatic causes. I have since been re-elected in 2012 and 2014 to represent the new CA-44 district, following California's redistricting process. This district stretches from South Los Angeles to Compton and Carson, down to the Harbor communities of Wilmington, San Pedro and Long Beach.
In the House of Representatives, I co-founded the bi-partisan Congressional Ports Opportunity, Renewal, Trade, and Security (PORTS) Caucus to raise awareness about the critical importance of our nation’s Ports. Currently, I serve on the Small Business Committee as well as the Transportation & Infrastructure and Committee. Previously I served on the Homeland Security Committee, and on every committee I have served on, I have worked hard to reach across the aisle on myriad policies to find common ground.
I helped establish the PORTS Caucus with Rep. Ted Poe, a Republican. We worked on a bi-partisan basis to bring together nearly 100 lawmakers from all across the political spectrum to promote, strengthen and improve America’s ports. I am currently working across party lines to advance the National Freight Network Trust Fund Act. This bill aims to increase investment in Port and freight network infrastructure without raising taxes and simultaneously ensures that our Ports are operating at maximum efficiency, staying competitive, and creating tens of thousands of good paying jobs for folks all across America.
I believe deeply that small businesses are the economic engine of our region and critical to growing our middle class. That’s why on the Small Business Committee, I am working to cut bureaucratic red tape and provide tax incentives to encourage new small business start-ups. It’s also why I introduced legislation to help small businesses get loans and it’s why I am actively working with small businesses to create new jobs in our community.
Beyond my work on the PORTS Caucus and House Committees, I have worked to advance pragmatic policies to reform the Department of Veterans Affairs to make sure that our returning veterans receive the first-rate care they need. And in the district, I have delivered results for thousands of constituents, helping to solve their problems and guide them through the unwieldy web of federal agencies.
Throughout my years in public office, I have never forgotten the reasons behind my work: to get things done for local neighborhoods, to ensure there’s a level playing field for disadvantaged and average folks, and to solve our region’s most challenging problems.
L.A. County is my home. This is where I raised my daughter, Katy and my two sons, Danny and Mark. It’s also where I spend time with my five beautiful grandchildren: McKenna, Brooklyn, Isabela, Josiah, and Luke.
With so much brinkmanship in Washington, I am confident that I can get more done for our region back here at home, serving in local government.
From Whittier to Artesia, Manhattan Beach to Marina del Rey, Long Beach to Hacienda Heights, and from Torrance to Norwalk, San Pedro and more, I am running for Los Angeles County Supervisor to continue the Hahn family legacy of delivering results for local neighborhoods.
I hope you’ll join me in this journey.