Rep. Ed Royce will not seek reelection this year, the California Republican announced Monday.
Royce, the powerful chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, becomes the latest committee chairman to forego a reelection bid in what is shaping up to be a challenging midterm election for the GOP.
“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. “With this in mind, and with the support of my wife Marie, I have decided not to seek reelection in November.”
Royce, first elected in 1992, was facing a difficult campaign for a 14th term. His Orange County district has shifted politically: Mitt Romney carried the seat with 51 percent of the vote in 2012, but President Donald Trump only won 43 percent in 2016, losing the district by 8 percentage points.