Rep. Darrell Issa (R., Calif.) announced plans to retire after nearly two decades in Congress on Wednesday.
After winning his election against a Democratic challenger by a narrow margin in 2016, Issa was considered by some to be the most vulnerable Republican in Congress. Hillary Clinton won his district by seven points in 2016.
Representing the district, which spanned North San Diego and Southern Orange counties, was “the privilege of a lifetime,” Issa said in a statement. The former chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee did not cite a reason for his decision to retire.
“Throughout my service, I worked hard and never lost sight of the people our government is supposed to serve,” he said in a statement. “Yet, with the support of my family, I have decided that I will not seek re-election in California’s 49th district.”
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