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LA City Council honors Congressman Henry Waxman

Los Angeles City Councilman Mike Bonin, Bob Blumenfield and Paul Koretz and City Attorney Mike Feuer recognize Rep. Henry Waxman's 40 years in Congress.
Los Angeles City Councilman Mike Bonin, Bob Blumenfield and Paul Koretz and City Attorney Mike Feuer recognize Rep. Henry Waxman's 40 years in Congress.
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The Los Angeles City Council declared Henry Waxman Day today to celebrate the congressman's 40 years in Washington, D.C.

During his four decades as a member of Congress, Waxman worked on landmark legislation related to tobacco, clean air and AIDS. During the morning presentation, he said the city of Los Angeles has always had a special place in his heart.  

“I’ve always represented L.A. and L.A. has always meant an enormous amount to me. I’ve always had the great distinction and honor to work with the members of the city council to do what we could at the federal level in the interest of our constituents," Waxman said. 

Waxman announced back in January that he'll retire at the end of his current term. His Westside district is one of the wealthiest Congressional districts in America, stretching from Malibu to Santa Monica to Palos Verdes. 

Before he was elected to Congress, Waxman served as a member of the California State Assembly. State Senator Ted Lieu, a Democrat, and prosecutor Elan Carr, a Republican, are in the November runoff to succeed Waxman.