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Rep. Dreier to Retire

February 29, 2012

Rep. David Dreier, R-Calif., the chairman of the House Rules Committee, on Wednesday announced on the House floor that he is not running for reelection.

The departure represents more bad news for California. It's the seventh House retirement from the delegation this election cycle leaving the Golden State with much less seniority to fight for a shrinking pie of discretionary spending.

NationalJournal.com has the full story here.

Dreier is serving his 16th term and is chairman of the House Rules Committee. His departure further highlights the major trend in California this year: The state's independent redistricting commission is bleeding away its congressional seniority, especially among Republicans. California's four Republican retirees - Dreier, Elton Gallegly, Wally Herger, and Jerry Lewis - all had between 13 and 17 terms of service. Lewis was a senior member of the Appropriations Committee.

Dreier's San Dimas hometown was drawn into the heavily Democratic 32nd District, and surrounding territory was quickly occupied by other Republican incumbents scrambling for safer ground after the legislature's old, gerrymandered districts were blown up.

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