Ed Royce, longtime O.C. congressman, plans to retire – Orange County Register

Longtime Orange County congressman Ed Royce, chairman of the high-profile Foreign Affairs Committee, announced Monday that he will retire when his current term is completed at the end of the year.

The conservative Republican, 66, has repeatedly won reelection by broad margins but has seen the GOP advantage in his district slip to less than 2-percentages. And since Hillary Clinton beat Donald Trump in his district in the 2016 election, Royce has drawn six Democratic challengers. While he said Monday that his polling shows he would easily win reelection, he also said the task likely would require considerable campaigning.

Royce, who is required by Republican protocol to step down from his committee chairmanship this year because of a 6-year limit, said he plans to focus his last year entirely on his committee work.

“I want to devote every bit of time and energy to foreign affairs,” said Royce, a longtime Fullerton resident who recently moved to Yorba Linda.

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