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Rep. Darrell Issa will not run for another term

11 January 2018

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's decision makes him the 30th Republican House member to not seek re-election this year, a number that has steadily grown in the last several months.

Issa is a longtime nemesis of the Democrats and then-President Barack Obama.

"We look forward to facing whoever limps out of the Democrats' battle royale: black and blue, and broke", said Rep. Steve Stivers, chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee.

Issa's district in southern California was a primary target for Democrats in the coming election cycle.

Issa said "there are plenty of people that fit the district just fine" and predicted reporters would be covering just as many Republicans entering the race as Democrats already competing in the primary.

Issa was one of 23 Republicans who narrowly retained their House seats in districts also won by Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

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"The reality is that America is better for the a year ago of this administration and this Congress", Issa said. But he became best known in Washington for turning the Oversight Committee into something like an Inquisition.

Throughout my service, I worked hard and never lost sight of the people our government is supposed to serve.

Earlier this week, Issa's colleague Rep. Ed Royce - also a Republican - announced his retirement, freeing up another seat that could flip to Democrats in 2018.

Royce's district backed Clinton by 8 percentage points. "Yet with the support of my family, I have decided that I will not seek reelection in California's 49th District", he said in a statement. For a year, hundreds of activists have appeared weekly outside of Issa's office to protest.

Representative Steve Stivers of OH, the chairman of the Republican campaign arm, predicted that a contentious Democratic primary would leave the eventual nominee "black and blue, and broke".

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee immediately released a statement crediting grassroots activism in the district.

Rep. Darrell Issa will not run for another term