(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) -- On Saturday, U.S. Rep. Elton Gallegly from California announced he will retire at the end of the year.
Gallegly, a Republican, has been elected into congress for 12 terms. He is the Vice Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee and Chairman of the Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Immigration Policy and Enforcement.
The 67-year-old was not expected to win against fellow Republican Buck McKeon after a new congressional map was drawn by California's independent redistricting commission placing the two GOP members in the same district.
"Serving in Congress and representing my home for 25 years is the greatest experience I could have ever asked for," said Gallegly. "Working with our country’s leadership on a daily basis in striving to move toward a better, stronger and more vibrant America for more than two decades has been a dream come true. The decision to step aside at this time did not come lightly."
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