WASHINGTON (AP) — A public policy research center says Rep. Jane Harman of California will be its next president and CEO.

Harman has told constituents that she plans to resign once selected to oversee the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. The Democratic lawmaker has served eight terms representing a suburban Los Angeles district. She is a leading voice for Democrats on intelligence and security issues.

The center is holding a news conference Tuesday to announce Harman’s selection. Harman, 65, says she will remain in Congress for several weeks to ensure an orderly transition. A special election for the seat will likely take place in June, and the Democratic primary winner would be favored to succeed her.

The center brings together policy experts and political leaders to debate foreign and domestic policy issues.

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  1. David Boyajian says:

    The Wilson Center is already mired in numerous scandals and it is going to take in the controversial – some would say scandalous – Jane Harman?

    Two exposes:

    “The Selling of the Woodrow Wilson Center” (October 2010)


    “The Woodrow Wilson Center Desecrates its Namesake’s Legacy and Violates its Congressional Mandate” (May 2010):


    A scathing letter written by Congressman Gary Ackerman (D-NY) to his former colleague, Lee Hamilton, due to the WWC’s giving an undeserved award to the Turkish Foreign Minister in June:


    A Wilson family descendant, Donald Wilson Bush, blasts the Wilson Center – (“Pawn for the Wrong President”):


    Claudia Rosett takes the Wilson Center to task (“What Kind of Washington Fools Would Honor Turkey’s Foreign Minister?”):


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