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Jane Harman

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Jane Harman, think-tank executive, former United States Representative from California. Bar: DC 1969, United States Court Appeals (DC circuit) 1972, United States Supreme Court 1975. Named one of The 100 Most Powerful Women in DC, Washingtonian magazine, 2009.


Harman, Jane was born on June 28, 1945 in New York City. Daughter of Adolf N. and Lucille (Geier) Lakes.


Bachelor in Government, Smith College, 1966. Juris Doctor, Harvard University, 1968.


Special assistant Commission Churches on International Affairs, Geneva, 1969-1970. Associate Surrey & Morse, Washington, 1970-1972, partner, 1982-1986. Chief legislation assistant to Senator John V. Tunney United States Senate, 1972-1973.

Chief counsel, staff director United States Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Citizens Interests, 1973-1975, United States Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Constitutional Rights, Washington, 1975-1977. Deputy secretary to the Cabinet The White House, 1977-1978. Special counsel United States Department Defense, 1979.

Partner Manatt, Phelps, Rothenberg & Tunney, 1979-1982. Of counsel Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue, 1987-1992. Member United States Congress from 36th California District, 1993—1999, 2001—2011, United States House Energy & Commerce Committee, Washington, 2001—2011, United States House Homeland Security Committee, Washington, 2007—2011.

Ranking member United States House Intelligence Committee, 2003—2006. President, Chief Executive Officer, director Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, since 2011. Adjunct professor Georgetown University Law Center, 1974—1975.

Member visiting committee Harvard Law School, 1976—1982, John F. Kennedy School Government, 1990—1996. Board directors The Newsweek Daily Beast Company, since 2011.


  • Bar: DC 1969, United States Court Appeals (DC circuit) 1972, United States Supreme Court 1975.


Vice-chairman Center for National Policy, Washington, 1981—1990. Trustee Smith College. Counsel Democratic Platform Committee, Washington, 1984.

Chairman Democratic National Committee National Lawyers' Council, 1986—1990. Board directors Planned Parenthood, Los Angeles, 1998—2000, Venice Family Clinic, 1998—2000. Member of Phi Beta Kappa.


Married Richard Frank, 1969 (div. 1978); children: Brian, Hilary. Married Sidney Harman, August 30, 1980 (deceased April 12, 2011).

Children: Daniel Geier, Justine Leigh.

Adolf N. Lakes

Lucille (Geier) Lakes

Richard Frank

Sidney Harman

Brian Harman

Hilary Harman

Daniel Geier Harman

Justine Leigh Harman