Hahn, James Kenneth

Hahn, James Kenneth,

1951–, American politician. Born into a Los Angeles political family, he is a Democratic lawyer who first served in city government (1981–85) as controller. As city attorney (1985–2001), he established gang and domestic violence units and worked to prosecute violators in such areas as housing, elder abuse, gun and tobacco control, consumer fraud, and environmental crimes. Hahn was elected mayor in 2001 after the retirement of Richard J. RiordanRiordan, Richard J.
, 1930–, American businessman and politician, b. Flushing, N.Y. He moved to Los Angeles, where he amassed a fortune through venture capitalism, real estate investment, and leveraged buyouts.
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, but he failed in his 2005 reelection bid, losing to Antonio VillaraigosaVillaraigosa, Antonio
, 1953–, American politician, b. Los Angeles as Antonio Villar; he changed his name in 1987 when he married Corina Raigosa. A liberal Democrat and labor lawyer, he was elected to the California state assembly in 1994, becoming majority leader in 1996
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