David Dreier: Rep. David Dreier’s Retirement

March 1, 2012 by staff 

David Dreier: Rep. David Dreier’s Retirement, David Dreier, one of California’s most influential Republicans in Congress, announced Wednesday that he wouldn’t be running for re-election, making him among the highest-profile casualties of a new citizens-drawn map that cast him into a politically inhospitable district.

Dreier is the sixth California House member to announce plans to retire when his term ends, shaking up a delegation that has built up clout on Capitol Hill because of its stability over the years.

The Rules Committee chairman made the announcement on the House floor, joking that in stepping down after three decades on Capitol Hill, he was doing his part to improve Congress’ sorry image.

Dreier’s announcement was not a surprise. The California Citizens Redistricting Commission’s new map collapsed his district into three new ones.

Two of the newly drawn districts – both based in the San Gabriel Valley – are solidly Democratic with large ethnic voter populations.

Rep. Judy Chu, D-Calif., is running in one with a strong concentration of Asian voters, and Rep. Grace F. Napolitano, D-Calif., has moved into the other, which includes Dreier’s San Dimas home and where Latinos make up 46 percent of registered voters.

Dreier said he was encouraged by some Republican colleagues to run in another congressional district. But Jon Fleischman, a former state GOP official who publishes a conservative blog, said that such a path “would have required a bruising battle.” Dreier also was urged to consider challenging Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein.

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