Congresswoman Dina Titus – Las Vegas, NV, 1st District
Alice Costandina “Dina” Titus grew up in Tifton, GA. She attended the College of William & Mary, A.B 1970 (Government), the U. of Georgia, M.A. 1973 (Political Science) and Florida State U., Ph.D. 1976 (Political Science). She was a professor of Government at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas until she retired and entered politics in 1988.
Titus represented the 7th District in the Nevada State Senate from 1988-2008. She served as the Democratic Minority Leader from 1993 to 2008. She lost a bid for Nevada Governor in 2006, was elected to the U.S. House in 2008, lost re-election in 2010, and then won again in 2012. She handily defeated her opponents in the 2012 election beating the Republican challenger by over 30 points.
During her service in the Nevada State Legislature, Titus was a champion for quality education and renewable energy development, and a strong advocate on behalf of Nevada’s children, seniors, and persons with disabilities.
Titus served as a member of the United States Civil Rights Commission. One of only eight members nationally, Dina was appointed to the Commission by Senator Harry Reid. The Commission meets monthly in Washington and addresses issues as diverse as voting rights, accommodations for people with disabilities, and discrimination in women’s sports on college campuses.
Titus will run for re-election in 2014. The Las Vegas Review Journal hints at a possible primary rematch with Democrat Ruben Kihuen who ran for the seat in 2012.
Research by Amabel Detwiler
Congresswoman Janice Hahn – Los Angeles, CA, 44th District
Before public service, Janice Hahn was a teacher, a businesswoman, and a single mother of three children. She was elected Councilwoman of the 15th District of the City of Los Angeles in 2001, served the communities of San Pedro, Watts, Wilmington, Harbor City, and Harbor Gateway for almost a decade.
Hahn was elected to Congress in a special election in July of 2011 and re-elected in November 2012 to the newly-drawn 44th District. Her father, Los Angeles County Supervisor Kenny Hahn, influenced her decision to serve the people. When Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. visited Los Angeles in 1962, Kenny Hahn was the only public official willing to meet Dr. King at the airport. When Janice Hahn ran in 2012 against an African American, 5-Year House veteran Laura Richardson, the respect for Hahn’s father in the African American community helped Hahn win the 44th District.
Hahn sits on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, which includes her seats on the:
- Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation
- Subcommittee on Highways and Transit
- Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment
- Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials
- She also sits on the Committee for Small Business, which includes:
- Small Business Subcommittee on Health and Technology (as Ranking Member)
- She has a seat on the Panel on 21st Century Freight Transportation.
Hahn is on numerous caucuses, including the Congressional Progressive Caucus, Congressional Children’s Caucus and the Congressional Seniors Taskforce.
The 44th District includes the Port of Los Angeles and Hahn has been heavily involved in strengthening and securing our nation’s ports, sponsoring legislation such as the Port Security Grant Act of 2013 and the Port Opportunity Reinvestment and Training Act of 2013. She’s also sponsored legislation on gun restrictions and protecting women against violence and supporting women’s reproductive rights.
At this point, Hahn has no challengers for 2014 election.
Research by Ben Wayne