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Rep. Ed Royce of California to retire, the 8th GOP chairman to bow out ahead of midterms

Rep. Ed Royce of California to retire, the 8th GOP chairman to bow out ahead of midterms

House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce said Monday he will not seek re-election this year, adding his name to a growing list of senior Republican lawmakers who have chosen to retire in what is shaping up to be a difficult election year for the GOP.

Royce, R-Calif., first elected in 1992, is one of eight House Republican chairmen who have announced they will forego a re-election campaign for the House ahead of the midterm elections. Like most of the others, he would have lost his gavel in the next Congress due to party rules that place a three-term limit on a chairman's service. In a statement, Royce said he wanted to focus on that committee work during his final months in...

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