On Monday, Congressman Ed Royce (R-Calif.), who chairs the House Foreign Affairs Committee, announced that he will not be seeking re-election later this year. He joins a number of Republican lawmakers that have called it quits.
The list of lawmakers who won’t seek re-election includes:
Financial Services Committee Chair Jeb Hensarling of Texas, Committee on Science, Space, and Technology Chair Lamar Smith, also of Texas, Judiciary Committee Chair Bob Goodlatte of Virginia, Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chair Bill Shuster of Pennsylvania and House Administration Committee Chair Gregg Harper of Mississippi.
According to a CNN tracker, Republicans are leaving the House at a faster pace than Democrats. At least 30 House Republicans have announced they are retiring, running for another office or resigning outright. That number is only 16 for Democrats, according to the tracker.
Royce said in a statement, “In recent years, we’ve made a real difference. We’ve enacted critical reforms to combat the modern-day slavery of human trafficking. We’ve achieved common-sense tax and regulatory reforms to help small businesses and middle-class families realize their American dream. And with great persistence, we’ve helped shut down the global ivory trade to save the world’s most majestic animals and deny vital funding to terrorist groups and criminal networks.”
The numbers don’t lie. More Republicans are leaving office with Donald Trump in charge. This is opening doors for Democrats to regain the majority of the House.