Rep. Darrell Issa will not seek re-election

Laura Christensen
January 11, 2018

Issa was one of 23 Republicans who narrowly retained their House seats in districts also won by Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. He presided over contentious hearings into the attack on the United States embassy in Benghazi, Libya, and on the Internal Revenue Service's targeting of conservative groups.

But in 2018, the Democrats' efforts to unseat Issa already began snowballing.

He once served as chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and led investigations of the IRS and its treatment of conservative groups and Benghazi.

Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., will not seek re-election to his Orange County congressional seat, he announced Wednesday, the latest in a string of retirements from Republican House members in recent weeks.

Issa is the 18th Republican member of the House to announce their retirement ahead of the 2018 elections, according to NBC News, while six Democrats have announced they are retiring.

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The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee hired local organizers in both Royce and Issa's districts in February 2017, and opened a regional office in Orange County for the first time in April. "Yet with the support of my family, I have decided that I will not seek re-election in California's 49th District", he said in a statement.

On Tuesday one of Issa's California colleagues, Rep. Ed Royce, also announced that he would not seek reelection. In 2016, the district's voters preferred Clinton by 8 points over Republican Donald Trump.

The Southern California Republican, who is the wealthiest member of Congress, was almost unseated in 2016 in when Democrat Douglas Applegate came within fewer than 2,000 votes of the incumbent.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee placed field organizers in Issa's district almost a near ago, and opened an Orange County office past year aimed at flipping the Issa and Royce seats to Democrats.

But the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee suggested otherwise. "While Democrats fight with each other, Republicans will focus on fighting Democrats - and that's how we plan to win". "We are truly grateful for his service", said Rep. Steve Stivers, chairman of the NRCC.

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