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Longtime Ventura, Santa Barbara County Congressman To Retire

Posted on Saturday, January 7, 2012 8:40pm

Republican Congressman Elton Gallegly of Simi Valley has announced that after a quarter of a century in office, he’s going to retire at the end of his current term.

Gallegly won his first congressional term in office in 1986.  He’s currently Vice Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, and Chairman of the Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Immigration Policy.

The 24th District Congressman made the announcement to a small group of friends.

There has been intense speculation over whether the 67 year old Congressman would seek re-election for a 14th term.

Because of redistricting, if he were to run again as a Simi Valley congressman, he would be in the new 25th District, which is based in the Santa Clarita Valley.  He would have faced another longtime Republican Congressman, Buck McKeon.

In a statement about the announcement, House Speaker John Boehner said Congress was losing an important voice for a stronger America, and smaller government.

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