The Washington Post is among several media outlets reporting that Rep. Jane Harman (D-Calif.) will announce her resignation from Congress Feb. 8 to take over as president and CEO of the Wilson Center.

Harman, whose suburban Los Angeles district hosts several prominent space companies, is a former ranking member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. She is considered an expert on space and intelligence matters, and successfully opposed an effort by the Bush Administration to set up an office in the Department of Homeland Security to handle requests to use spy satellite imagery for domestic law enforcement and security purposes.

     “NBC’s Andrea Mitchell, who broke the news of Harman’s resignation, has reported that the California Congresswoman will take over as director of the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington. That job is currently held by former Indiana Rep. Lee Hamilton (D).”


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