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February 18, 2015 2:30 PM, EST

California Democrat Hahn Won’t Seek Re-Election to Congress

Pete Marovich/Bloomberg News

U. S. Representative Janice Hahn, a California Democrat, said she will run for an open seat on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors instead of seeking re-election to Congress in 2016.

Hahn, who first won her seat in a 2011 special election, is the first House Democrat to announce retirement plans, according to Bloomberg Government.

Republicans Mike Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania and Chris Gibson of New York have said they won’t seek re-election next year.

The 62-year-old Hahn is a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the Small Business Committee.

Her father, Kenny Hahn, was a Los Angeles County supervisor. Her brother, James Hahn, is a former mayor of Los Angeles.

“With so much brinkmanship in Washington, I am confident that I can get more done for our region” by serving in local government, Hahn said in a statement. “As a form of government that’s naturally nonpartisan, I find local government more workable. It’s just easier to build consensus and get things done because there’s no real partisan bickering.”