US Lawmaker announces retirement, a relief to Indian IT companies

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The district has been a Republican stronghold since Issa won his first election. He voted against the proposal, saying residents in his district could see higher taxes.

Democrats already stood a chance of picking up the seat, but now that Royce isn't running, they should be favored to flip it blue. The district, which includes coastal parts of Orange and San Diego Counties, backed Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump in 2016 by almost 8 percentage points, with Issa narrowly holding onto his seat.

Republican Assemblyman Rocky Chavez, who represents the 76th District, immediately announced his plan to run for Issa's seat, as did former Assemblywoman Diane Harkey, who is also a Republican and now a member of the state Board of Equalization.

Issa's influence on Capitol Hill has waned recently, but for four years he chaired the powerful House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, where he earned a reputation as a staunch critic of former President Barack Obama and became a fixture on cable news programs.

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Issa, 64, was almost unseated in 2016 when Democratic Douglas Applegate came within 1,700 votes of winning the northern San Diego-county based seat, according to data from the California Secretary of State.

Democrats had made defeating Issa one of their priorities in the midterm elections.

Overall, the number of Republicans leaving the House after this session is far outpacing that of Democrats.

"The Democrats in California are dealing with brutal divisive battles between their candidates that will ultimately decide which direction their party's going to go in, and that direction is going to be problematic when it comes to communicating a message to independent voters", said Jesse Hunt, spokesman for National Republican Congressional Committee.

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On the Senate side, Senators Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Bob Corker (R-TN), and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) are retiring. Democrats have sought guarantees from Republicans that they would not stack the legislative committees.

Vozzella notes that some Democratic voters had also sued over a second disputed election, which involved "a 73-vote squeaker in which 147 voters mistakenly received the wrong ballots". The state allows the top two vote-getters - regardless of party affiliation - to advance to the general election.

"We'll keep a watchful eye on both of these congressional districts to see which Republicans come forward, but in the end, these retirements do not bode well for our Republican colleagues" said Rep.

House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce, R-California, presides over a markup of a bill to expand sanctions against Iran with respect to its ballistic missile program, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Oct. 12, 2017. Republicans hold a slim 51-49 advantage in House seats after Democrats notched massive gains in November elections.

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