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Jane Lakes Harman is a six-term Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives, representing the 36th District of California. She attended Los Angeles public schools, Smith College, and Harvard Law School. She was reelected to the 110th Congress, defeating Republican challenger Brian Gibson. Harman is a member of the centrist Blue Dog Coalition.
She previously represented the district from 1993 to 1999 before leaving Congress to enter the 1998 California gubernatorial race. After losing to future Governor Gray Davis, she briefly taught public policy and international relations at UCLA before reclaiming her congressional seat in the 2000 election.
Harman is married to Harman International Industries chairman and harman/kardon co-founder Sidney Harman, whose fortune helped finance her entry into electoral politics.