California congresswoman Jane Harman is leaving Congress to head up a prominent centrist think tank.
Rep. Jane Harman (D-Calif.) will resign from Congress to succeed former Rep. Lee Hamilton as president of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, ending a two-decade career in which Harman became one of the leading centrist voices in the Democratic Party on intelligence and national security.
The nine-term lawmaker notified House officials of the negotiations in writing on Monday, and what she termed the "imminent" decision is to be made by the Woodrow Wilson Center's board on Tuesday. The center, established by Congress, is part of the Smithsonian Institution.
Harman is the ranking Democrat on the Homeland Security's intelligence subcommittee. When Democrats held the House majority, she was in line to chair the House intelligence committee but was denied the post by then-Speaker Pelosi.
Harman, a supporter of the Iraq War, angered Pelosi who refused to back her for the intel committee chairmanship, preferring a lackey for the post. Rep. Reyes will never be accused of having much on the ball but he was a loyal lap dog for Pelosi who detested Harman's independent thinking.
Harman was a Democrat that Republicans in the national security area could do business with. The Wilson Center is a plum for any Washington insider so it's not surprising that she jumped at the chance now that the GOP is back in power.