Rep. Jane Harman, D-Calif., will resign on Tuesday, she has told Democratic leadership in the House, in order to take the reins at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
Harman ran unsuccessfully for governor in 1998. In 2000, she returned to her old seat in Congress at the behest of the party and rose to the top position on the House Intelligence Committee.
But her star dimmed in 2006, when Democrats won the majority and Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., became speaker. The two had never enjoyed a warm relationship and differed politically on defense issues, with Harman more of a hawk and Pelosi leaning to the left. When Harman sought the top spot on the intel panel, Pelosi passed her over for the job.
Harman's husband is Sidney Harman, the new owner of Newsweek Magazine. Wikipedia lists Harman as the second richest member of the House, with more than $160 million in assets, behind House Government and Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif.