U.S. Congresswoman Jane Harman has been honored as the American Association of Port Authoritiesí (AAPA) ìPort Person of the Year.î

Each year, the Association of Port Authorities presents its ìPort Person of the Yearî award to an individual who has made significant contributions to the port industry. Association members said they selected Harman to receive the prestigious annual award based on her role in authoring the SAFE Port Act of 2006 and for advancing other significant legislation to ensure the safety and security of Americaís seaports and the commerce flowing through them.

ìIn the course of over two years, Rep. Harman brought various members of Congress to the Port of Los Angeles, including Secretary (Michael) Chertoff each year, to highlight the importance of port security and the portsí role in international and domestic commerce,î said Dr. Geraldine Knatz, Port of Los Angeles executive director and AAPAís 2009 chairman of the board.

In addition to receiving the associationís Port Person of the Year award at a luncheon March 24th in Washington, D.C., Harman served as the eventís keynote speaker. She discussed her ongoing work to help secure Americaís ports, including her efforts to improve the Transportation Worker Identification Credential implementation process.

ìRep. Harman is recognized as an authoritative voice on counterterrorism, homeland security and intelligence matters and is a true ally to Americaís ports,î said Kurt Nagle, the port associationís president and CEO.

Harman serves as chair of the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Intelligence and Terrorism Risk Assessment.