James Kenneth Hahn ( born July 3, 1950 in Los Angeles ) is an American politician who was from 2001 to 2005 mayor of Los Angeles. His predecessor was Richard Riordan. He was replaced on 17 May 2005 by Antonio Villaraigosa, who defeated him in a runoff with 59 percent of the vote. Hahn is a member of the Democratic Party.
Hahn grew up in the Morningside neighborhood park in the district of South Los Angeles. He attended the Manchester Avenue Elementary School, the Daniel Freeman Elementary School, the Horace Mann Junior High School and Lutheran High School. Subsequently, he studied English literature and law at Pepperdine University in Malibu. After graduation, he worked as a prosecutor.
As Los Angeles Mayor Hahn was employed, among others, with the modernization of Los Angeles International Airport as well as with the economic problems of the neighborhoods of Hollywood and the San Fernando Valley.
Hahn lives in the district of San Pedro, where the Port of Los Angeles is located. He was married and has two children. Some of his family members - including his father Kenny Hahn and his sister Janice Hahn - were or are employed in the civil service.