Venice, California , United States
|| June 28, 1945
Dec 22, 2010 02:36pm
Moderate - Pro-Capital Punishment - Pro-Choice -
|Info||Anyone who knows Jane Harman knows that the Harvard Law School-trained, five-term Member of Congress and mother of four is also a disciplined runner and avid athlete. If it’s sunrise in Southern California, odds are good that you’ll find Jane Harman jogging along the beach near her solar-powered home in Venice. |
As the senior Democrat on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Harman has emerged as a major voice on critical questions of intelligence, terrorism, and homeland security. She’s a leader in the Committee’s pioneering bipartisan investigation into the pre-war intelligence on Iraq, the subsequent search for weapons of mass destruction, and the continued threat to U.S. and coalition forces stationed in Iraq.
Harman was a member of the National Commission on Terrorism and part of Congress’ Joint 9/11 Inquiry. At the request of the House Speaker and Minority Leader, she helped spearhead all House actions in response to the attack of 9/11. She also serves on the new House Select Committee on Homeland Security.
Jane Harman is an unwavering supporter of a woman’s right to choose and of equal rights and opportunities for all Americans, regardless of age, race, religion, gender or sexual orientation.
Born in New York City on June 28, 1945, by the late 1940s Jane Lakes had moved with her parents and younger brother to Los Angeles, where her father – a refugee from Nazi Germany – established a thriving medical practice. Her life-long commitment to public service was crystallized at the 1960 Democratic Convention in Los Angeles, where she served as an usher and saw John F. Kennedy nominated as the party’s presidential candidate. Harman graduated from L.A. public schools (Warner Avenue Elementary, Emerson Jr. High, and University High), Smith College and Harvard Law School.
Prior to her election to Congress, Harman worked as an attorney, served as chief counsel and staff director of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Constitutional Rights, Deputy Cabinet Secretary for President Jimmy Carter and Special Counsel to the Department of Defense. In 1999, she was named Regents’ Professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, where she taught public policy and international relations.
The Congresswoman is married to Sidney Harman, founder and Executive Chairman of Harman International, and has four children.