Janice Hahn

When members of Congress seek county office instead
Rep. Paul Cook cites broader powers of California supervisors, but GOP’s minority status also a factor

California Rep. Paul Cook announced Tuesday that he is retiring from Congress to run for county office. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)

California Republican Paul Cook’s decision to run for county office next year rather than a fifth House term might have raised a few eyebrows, especially since more than five dozen of his colleagues have used county positions as stepping stones to Washington.

But what seems like a downward move is not unheard of, particularly in California, where county supervisors wield a fair amount of power. Influencing local policy can also be more appealing than a weekly cross-country commute, especially when working in the nation’s capital means governing in the minority.

Lobbying After Congress Declines in Popularity
Roll Call looks at what alums of the 114th Congress are up to

Clockwise from top left: former Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid of Nevada, former Reps. Janice Hahn of California and Candice S. Miller of Michigan, former Sens. Barbara Boxer of California, Mark S. Kirk of Illinois, Barbara A. Mikulski of Maryland and David Vitter of Louisiana, former Rep. Steve Israel of New York, former House Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio and former Rep. Renee Ellmers of North Carolina. (Bill Clark and Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photos)


Whether it was the ascension of Donald Trump, the endless vitriol of today’s politics or other factors, former members of the 114th Congress departed Washington in droves, a marked difference from previous Congresses when the most popular destinations for former members were D.C. lobbying firms.

Saying Goodbye to the Departing Members of the 114th Congress

House Passes Measure to Award Merchant Marines Gold Medal
Now awaits Senate action, which will have to wait till next year

Rep. Janice Hahn, D-California, led efforts to draft a policy awarding World War II merchant mariners a $25,000 payout. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The House passed a bipartisan measure on Wednesday to award World War II Merchant Marines the Congressional Gold Medal. 

More than 250,000 mariners were pressed into service in 1942 to ferry troops and supplies across submarine-infested seas to battle zones. Around 9,000 were killed in the war.

3 Special Election Winners Expected to Enter the House Next Week
Chamber's roster will be back to 435 members

Hawaii Democrat Colleen Hanabusa returns to the House seat she vacated in 2014 to run for the Senate. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The House will return to 435 members next week when winners of three special elections held on Tuesday are expected to be sworn in. All three replace members of the same party, restoring the count to 247 Republicans and 188 Democrats, the same as at the beginning of the 114th Congress.

Hawaii Democrat Colleen Hanabusa will return to the House seat she gave up in 2014 for a Senate run. She narrowly lost that Senate primary to Brian Schatz. Her successor in the House, Mark Takai, announced his retirement in May due to pancreatic cancer. He passed away in July.

Nanette Barragan Beats Challenger in California's 44th District
Former L.A. City Council member defeats fellow Democrat Isadore Hall

Democrat Nanette Barraganwill take over Democratic Rep. Janice Hahn's open 44th District seat. (Meredith Dake-O'Connor/CQ Roll Call)


Nanette Barragan will defeat fellow Democrat Isadore Hall to fill California’s open 44th Congressional District seat, The Associated Press projects.

Why is CrossFit CEO All In on California House Race?
A rift with candidate prompts Greg Glassman to rally against him

Greg Glassman tells a group of CrossFit devotees in the 44th District why he has problems with House candidate Isadore Hall. (CrossFit via YouTube)

Why would CrossFit CEO Greg Glassman max out his individual contribution in the race to replace outgoing California Rep. Janice Hahn?


Congress Reacts to Shimon Peres' Death
Former Israeli president celebrated for commitment to peace

Former Israeli President Shimon Peres, center, was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in 2014. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Shimon Peres, a founding father and former president and prime minister of Israel, died at the age of 93 on Wednesday, after suffering a massive stroke two weeks ago.

Members of Congress offered their condolences to his family and expressed their gratitude for his leadership, highlighting the legacy he left behind.

Tuesday Trivia: Congressional Campaign Edition
This week is all about Wyoming and Alaska

Wyoming House candidate Liz Cheney tapes a segment on Fox News' "Hannity" with her father, former Vice President Dick Cheney, in New York last year. (Paul Zimmerman/Getty Images file photo)

For this recess edition of trivia, we're going all congressional campaigns.

Should Liz Cheney win Tuesday’s congressional primary in Wyoming, she would be on track to become one of the few female members whose father also served in Congress (Dick Cheney was Wyoming’s at-large representative from 1979-89). Which of the following women did not have a father who served in Congress?