WASHINGTON — US Representative Janice Hahn of California became the first Democrat in the new Congress to announce she won’t seek re-election next year, citing frustration with Washington’s partisan gridlock and saying she would seek local office in Los Angeles.
In a statement Wednesday, Hahn said she would run for the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, which directs social, justice, and transportation programs for the county’s 10 million residents. Her late father, Kenneth, served on that board for four decades.
‘‘Washington is broken, it’s increasingly mired in political gridlock, and there’s virtually zero cooperation between the two parties,’’ Hahn said. ‘‘That’s not the kind of government I grew up with, and it’s precisely why I know I can do more for the Los Angeles region on the board of supervisors.’’
While Democrats dominate the five-member Los Angeles board, they have scant prospects for capturing a House majority soon.
Republicans have a 245-188 House edge, with two vacancies in what were GOP-held seats. Democrats would need to gain 30 seats to take House control in the 2016 elections, a longshot.
Hahn, 62, has served in the House since 2011, when she won a special election to replace fellow Democrat Jane Harman, who retired.
Two Republican House members have announced they will not seek reelection: Representatives Chris Gibson of New York and Mike Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania.