The GOP is steadily losing seats in powerful positions as more incumbents are deciding against running again in 2018. Term limits for chairmanships are playing a decisive role
If term limits are considered a good thing by the Republican leadership to impose on their committee chairmen, there might also be a recognition among them that it would be helpful for Congress as a whole. Of course few of any party would be principled enough to vote in favor of such a “radical” concept for all members for their seats, particularly any Democrats or their establishment counterparts on the right.
Term limits are having an effect on the ranks of incumbent GOP House members, with Rep. Ed Royce, (R-CA) the latest to announce he will not be running for reelection in November. Royce won his last election easily but was expecting a stronger challenge this year. With all of the groveling for dollars and the exhaustive schedule that accompanies a campaign, the thought of running again probably wasn’t very attractive.
Royce has been Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee for five years and would be forced to give up his gavel next year after completing three terms and six years. He said in a statement, “With this in mind, and with the support of my wife Marie, I have decided not to seek reelection in November
Four other key members of the GOP leadership have made similar announcements of their intent to retire with term limits playing a role in the decision. They include Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, Science Committee Chairman Lamar Smith, Transportation Committee Chairman Bill Shuster, and Financial Services Chairman Jeb Hensarling.
Royce has been a member of Congress since 1993, when the husband of Hillary Clinton was the carouser-in-chief and she was stealing White House silverware and furniture and vandalizing computer keyboards.
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