California Republican Rep. Ed Royce Won’t Seek Reelection

House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce will not run for reelection, he announced Monday.

Rep. Ed Royce (R-Fullerton) speaks during a discussion on countering violent extremism at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center on Oct. 23, 2017 in Washington, D.C. (Credit: Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Rep. Ed Royce (R-Fullerton) speaks during a discussion on countering violent extremism at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center on Oct. 23, 2017 in Washington, D.C.
(Credit: Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Royce, a Republican from Fullerton who was first elected to Congress in 1992, is chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and is known as a hawk and a free trade advocate.

He is the first California Republican to announce a retirement in what's expected to be a tough year for the GOP at the ballot box.

"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," Royce said in a statement Monday.

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