The Los Angeles Times reports:
Republican Rep. Ed Royce of Fullerton was among the House lawmakers considered vulnerable in the midterms, and winning his seat is key to the Democrats’ attempts to win back control of the U.S. House. Here’s the 13-term congressman’s statement:
“It’s truly an honor to represent the people of California’s 39th Congressional District. Every day, it’s my mission to fight for freedom, opportunity and a limited government. In recent years, we’ve made a real difference. From Sacramento to Washington, we’ve enacted critical reforms to combat the modern day slavery of human trafficking.
“We’ve achieved commonsense tax and regulatory reforms to help small businesses and middle class families realize their American dream. And with great persistence, we’ve helped shut down the global ivory trade to save the world’s most majestic animals and deny vital funding to terrorist groups and criminal networks.
“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 reelection in November.
With a completely anti-LGBT voting record, Royce has a 0% rating from the HRC. His support for (Christian) school vouchers earned him a measly 8% rating from the NEA.