California GOP congressman Ed Royce won't seek re-election

Ed Royce.
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After 25 years in office, Rep. Ed Royce (R-Calif.) announced Monday he will retire when his term is up.

Royce is chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and most of his district is in Orange County, once a Republican stronghold and now considered by many to be a 2018 battleground. Democrats want to retake the House this year, and already five Democrats have announced their intention to run in Royce's district.

Royce was one of several GOP representatives considered vulnerable in the upcoming election, and he's the first Republican in the state to announce his retirement, the Los Angeles Times reports.

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