California Representative Jane Harman is resigning from Congress. I lived in her district for many years. She is a liberal Democrat, but she has generally been sensible and mostly hawkish on security issues. She is almost certain to be replaced by a far more left-wing local politician.

Los Angeles is fortunate that the Los Angeles Air Force Base was revitalized before Harman's resignation.

It's hard to blame her for the move, considering she'll earn a lot more money in the private sector and probably have more influence than she would as a member of the House minority.

Los Angeles-area Democrats scrambled for the chance to fill a rare open seat in Congress after veteran Rep. Jane Harman (D-Venice) announced Monday that she would probably resign to run a Washington think tank. ...

Harman's announcement came three months after her reelection. She told constituents in an e-mail that she had been in discussions to become president and chief executive of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and the center's decision was imminent. An official announcement was expected Tuesday.

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