John Dingell

This is what it's like to run for local office -- from 2,296 miles away

This is what it's like to run for local office -- from 2,296 miles away

Stay as long as you are useful.

That was the message at the bipartisan prayer breakfast for members of Congress. For John Dingell, the man speaking that morning, it meant spending 59 years in the House of Representatives. For Janice Hahn, watching her former colleague from the audience, her time will be significantly shorter.

Five years ago, she ran in a special election to fill the remainder of Rep. Jane Harman’s term. Hahn, a Democrat, was reelected in 2012 and 2014 but is giving up a job that for many politicians would represent a career high point.

She’s leaving in the hope of returning to Los Angeles County...

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