Rep. Ed Royce Won't Run for Re-Election in Competitive California District

Erika Holt
January 12, 2018

Senator Tom Carper of DE, the top Democrat on the committee, praised the meeting as an opportunity to work with the administration. Reps. Ed Royce of California, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida and Dave Reichert of Washington state have all declined re-election bids, and a fifth, Rep. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.), is vacating her Arizona House seat for a district that Clinton carried, in order to run for Senate. "Our district is blessed to be diverse, and I've been successful in part because of my great staff and the relationships we've built with families, businesses and leaders in each of our communities", he said. "We have seven open Republican seats rated as either 'toss up" or 'leaning Democratic.' Most, if not all, of those seats would be in a better category for Republicans if the incumbent was running".

There are different factors going into each member's retirement decision.

And the GOP's efforts to hold on to the House have been complicated by a string of retirements. The prospect of losing control of the chamber may have made staying in office even less palatable - but it also will leave House GOP conference with far fewer experienced lawmakers. Don't let them tell you otherwise. Eight committee chairmen are retiring as they hit the GOP term limit of serving three consecutive two-year terms as committee chairs. Five sitting chairmen who have exhausted their tenure, including Royce, are foregoing reelection.

"California Republicans clearly see the writing on the wall and realize that their party and its priorities are toxic to their re-election chances in 2018", Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee spokesman Drew Godinich said.

Indeed, not all of the retirements present clear pickup opportunities for Democrats.

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"Our fight has always been not just to retire Issa, but ultimately to elect a replacement who will help take back Congress and resist the Trump agenda". Democrats have led Republicans by more than 10 points in an average of recent ballots that ask voters to choose between a generic member of both parties in 2018, .

The report states that Republicans could still win the district if Democrats split the vote, but the report states that it would require "a very elaborate set of circumstances". Royce won in 2016 with more than 57 percent of the vote. But the decision of Sens. And a move by Attorney General Jeff Sessions to free prosecutors to more aggressively enforce federal marijuana laws has prompted breaks from the president by prominent Republicans in states where marijuana is legal, such as Sen. Experienced chairmen are retiring, which suggests that they aren't interested in sticking around to serve in the House minority. Applegate was Issa's 2016 opponent.

If Republicans maintain control of the House, Representative Michael McCaul, a foreign affairs committee member who is now chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, is seen as a possible new leader of the foreign affairs panel, congressional aides said. Gray Davis. He declined to elaborate in a brief interview Wednesday.

"The reality is that America is better for the previous year of this administration and this Congress", Issa said. "We'll see what it is".

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