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Harman’s Departure Tees Up First Special

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California Democratic Rep. Jane Harman's retirement will create the cycle's first special election.

Harman's spot on the Energy and Commerce Committee is one that aides said Monday has already caught the attention of some Members, particularly since Democrats had to cut eight Members from the influential panel after losing the majority.

Harman, the third-wealthiest Member of Congress with a net worth of more than $152 million, also serves on the Homeland Security Committee and as the ranking member of the Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence; Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Calif.) serves just below her in seniority on that subpanel.

But the largest political implications will be felt on the coastline between Venice and Redondo beaches during the special election. Eric Bauman, chairman of the Los Angeles County Democratic Party, summed it up: "It's going to be a free-for-all for that seat."

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