Top Republican Lawmaker Rep. Darrell Issa to Retire in 2018
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) announced on Wednesday he is retiring from Congress this year.
Issa has been serving in Congress since 2001.
Issa, a successful businessman, has been named the wealthiest lawmaker in Congress.
Democrats tampered with his district over the past several years.
Issa won his first election in 2000 by 61% to 28%.
In 2016 Issa barely won his district by half a percentage point.
The Hill reported:
Issa barely won reelection in 2016 by just over half a percentage point in a San Diego-area district that went for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton by about 7 points.
The former House Oversight Committee chairman would have faced a tough path to reelection in an increasingly Democratic district. The lack of a 17-year incumbent will make it easier for Democrats to win the district as they seek to win back the House this year.
House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-Calif.), who also represents a district won by Clinton, announced on Monday that he won’t seek reelection this year, either.