Homeland Security Committee says goodbye to Rep. Jane Harman

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Rep. Jane Harman (D-CA) hears testimony from Obama Administration cabinet members during a hearing of the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Capitol Hill April 22, 2009 in Washington, DC.

Congresswoman Jane Harman has begun her farewell tour on Capitol Hill. The El Segundo Democrat will resign at the end of the month to become head of the prestigious Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

At what will be Harman’s last Homeland Security hearing, Republican Congressman Peter King of New York saluted his departing colleague. "Jane Harman has been a leader on this committee," King said. "She’s been a leader in Congress. And no one since September 11, 2001 – and even before that for that matter – has been more knowledgeable or informed or dedicated on homeland security issues. And her departure is a loss to both sides of the aisle. And we certainly, on behalf of everyone, we wish her well in her new role."

Harman thanked the committee members and staff, saying she was just “moving down the street.” She said the best farewell gift would be more jurisdiction for the Homeland Security Committee.

One of her colleagues, newly elected Republican Congressman Pat Meehan of Pennsylvania, said he was disappointed not to work with Harman. "It's like making it to the Yankees and finding they’ve traded away Derek Jeter."

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