Issa will not seek re-election after serving ninth term

  • Issa will not seek re-election after serving ninth term

Issa will not seek re-election after serving ninth term

He also discussed the work he plans to focus on in his final year as Foreign Affairs Committee chairman.

"They saw 2006 or 2010, and they're like: 'You know what? Three others, Diane Black (Tenn.) of the Budget Committee, Jason Chaffetz (Utah) of the Oversight Committee and Gregg Harper (Miss.) of the House Administration Committee, announced their decisions not to seek reelection before their terms would have expired". Top GOP leaders cite those party rules as a primary reason for the spate of retirements.

"Facing strong, well-funded Democratic challengers, a historic investment in Orange County by the DCCC, and a failed Republican agenda of raising taxes on working families and trying to rip health care away from millions of California, Congressman Ed Royce's retirement is another sign of Democrats' growing momentum in 2018", said DCCC spokesman Drew Godinich. "It's just the circle of life, and we have to be ready for it. It's hard to see my good friend Ed go, but I wish him and his wife Marie every blessing as they take the next step in their lives together".

By late Thursday afternoon, two dozen candidates had filed for state Senate seats while more than 90 had filed as state House candidates. Democrats need a net gain of 24 seats to capture the majority. Democrats have led Republicans by more than 10 points in an average of recent ballots that ask voters to choose between a generic member of both parties in 2018, according to RealClearPolitics.

Southern California could be key to a Democratic victory, a party official said, as the region's demographics shift and more Latinos register to vote. The party hopes the anti-Trump fervor will fuel Democratic turnout in GOP-held districts that have been trending their direction in recent years. A federal judge invalidated North Carolina's GOP-drawn map this week, and cases are pending over lines Republican legislatures drew in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

He had already drawn challenges from five Democrats, including from physician Mai-Khanh Tran, former Obama administration official Sam Jammal and lottery victor and philanthropist Gil Cisneros. But the decision of Sens.

On the Senate side, Senators Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Bob Corker (R-TN), and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) are retiring. In his position as Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Issa frequently made headlines for the investigations he launched, covering almost every aspect of government operations.NBC News broke the announcement late this morning. He presided over contentious hearings into the attack on the U.S. embassy in Benghazi, Libya, and on the Internal Revenue Service's targeting of conservative groups.

This is a major shift from previous cycles in the 49th (and originally the 48th where he served before redistricting following the 2000 census) when Issa handily won with margins ranging from 58 to as much as 70 percent. Gray Davis, D. He declined to elaborate in a brief interview Wednesday. "Yeah, I enjoy the job I'm doing", he said then.