California becoming the nation’s top Democratic state is even carrying its effects through to veteran Orange County Republican House members. Rep. Ed Royce (R-Fullerton) was originally elected to the House in 1992 after serving eleven years in the California state Senate. He won a 12th term with 57% of the vote against the flow of a 2016 Democratic Golden State landslide. He currently serves as chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
To date he had a pair of announced Democratic opponents and, this week, an additional two came to the forefront. Gil Cisneros (D) may be the first lottery winner to run for the House. In 2010, Mr. Cisneros won $266 million in California’s Mega Millions lottery, so he obviously has the wherewithal to run for Congress. Former Commerce Department official Sam Jammal also announced his candidacy. He previously served as chief of staff to California Congressman Tony Cardenas (D-Pacoima/Los Angeles).
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