Issa the second GOP congressman in 2 days to announce retirement

Issa the second GOP congressman in 2 days to announce retirement

Issa the second GOP congressman in 2 days to announce retirement

However, the departures may not prove significant as ten Senate Democrats are up for re-election in 2018 in states that President Trump won and only two races, Flake in Arizona and Sen. This year could see the rug taken out from under him as he suffers the same legislative malaise and roadblocks that his predecessor had to endure for eight years.

Rep. Darrell Issa, whose partisan attacks on former President Barack Obama softened as his district trended toward the Democrats, said Wednesday that he would not seek re-election - the latest and one of the most prominent Republican retirements ahead of the 2018 midterm elections.

Democrats would need to win 24 seats to retake control of the House in November. He became chair of the Foreign Relations Committee in 2013.

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But Democrat Doug Applegate, a retired Marine colonel, nearly beat Issa in the closest Congressional race of 2016, losing by six tenths of a percentage point. "We have just one message for Democrats who think they can compete for this seat: bring it on". On Monday, Ed Royce, the chairman of the House foreign relations committee, announced he too would retire. Clinton won by seven points in a district that Republican Mitt Romney won by a similar margin in 2012.

Royce is in his a year ago as committee chairman, because Republicans in Congress impose term limits on committee leadership.

If Republicans maintain control of the House in the November elections, Representative Michael McCaul, a foreign affairs committee member who is now chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, is seen as a possible new leader of the foreign affairs panel, congressional aides said. "In recent years, we've made a real difference", he said. "And it will guide my work in Congress, where I'll work for solutions that benefit us all as Americans - a strong economy, a strong military, rebuilding our infrastructure and protecting public safety and national security". "Pro-growth, pro-business candidates can come from both sides and we want more from both sides". Just weeks ago, in the wake of two of the nation's worst mass shootings, he voted in favor of a bill that would allow stalkers and domestic abusers to carry concealed weapons in California.

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Yet another Republican Congressman announced on Monday that he would not seek reelection.

A victory by Simonds would have created a 50-50 tie between Democrats and Republicans in the House of Delegates. "The more this White House spins out of control, the more important it is for Congress to step up and do its job", Jessica Hayes, chairwoman of the San Diego County Democratic Party, said in a statement.

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"While Ed can look back on many years of devoted service to his constituents and our great state of California as well as all of his accomplishments as a legislator and Chairman, he deserves particular praise for his years promoting human rights, especially in the fight to end human trafficking and protect the most vulnerable people around the world".

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