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Janice Hahn adds three members of Congress to her endorsements list

February 16, 2011 |  1:09 pm

Three members of the House have added their names to Los Angeles Councilwoman Janice Hahn's endorsements list as she makes a bid for the congressional seat soon to be vacated by Rep. Jane Harman (D-Venice).

The Hahn campaign on Wednesday announced endorsements from Democratic Reps. Xavier Becerra, Karen Bass and Lucille Roybal-Allard, all from Los Angeles. 

The announcement comes a day after Secretary of State Debra Bowen said she will enter the race to succeed Harman, who plans to resign Feb. 28 to lead a Washington think tank. 

Once the seat is empty, the governor will call a special election, probably for June.  But as soon as word of Harman's plans got out last week, Hahn launched her campaign and has lined up dozens of endorsements from officeholders and local labor, community and environmental leaders.

Several others also are considering getting into the race to succeed Harman in the largely coastal 36th Congressional District, which was drawn to favor Democrats. Bowen and Hahn are by far the most prominent of the Democrats who have said they will run.

-- Jean Merl