California Rep. Ed Royce Latest Republican to Announce Retirement

California Rep. Ed Royce became the latest Republican to announce their retirement Monday, adding to a field of lawmakers who won’t seek re-election in the 2018 midterms later this year.

The House Foreign Affairs Committee chairman said in a statement:

In this final year of my Foreign Affairs Committee chairmanship, I want to focus fully on the urgent threats facing our nation, including: the brutal, corrupt and dangerous regimes in Pyongyang and Tehran, Vladimir Putin’s continued efforts to weaponize information to fracture western democracies, and growing terrorist threats in Africa and Central Asia.

“With this in mind, and with the support of my wife Marie, I have decided not to seek re-election in November,” he added.

Democratic challengers for Royce’s seat were already lining up, including former Obama administration official Sam Jammal.

Royce is just the latest Republican congressman to announce his retirement ahead of 2018 midterm elections, when the Democrats are expected to make a push to retake power in the legislative branch.

According to Axios, 26 representatives have already announced their retirement, including 19 Republicans and just seven Democrats.

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