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Rep. Jane Harman, D-El Segundo, is poised to leave Congress and take over a Washington, D.C. think tank, published reports said Monday.

Harman, formerly a senior member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, will become president of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, according to an online report by National Journal.

Calls to Harman's office were not immediately returned Monday morning.

One of the wealthiest members of Congress, through her marriage to businessman Sidney Harman, the 65-year-old Harman was first elected to the House in 1992. She served through 1998, leaving for a failed gubernatorial bid, and then returned to the House in 2000. She has not had warm relations with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who declined to appoint her as chair of the House intelligence committee.

Harman's departure would set off a special election in the 36th Congressional District. Democrats have a strong registration advantage in the Los Angeles County coastal district, which includes the cities of Torrance, Manhattan Beach and El Segundo.



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