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Alumnus Tapped to Chair Foreign Affairs Committee

Nov. 28, 2012

Congressman Ed Royce soon will chair the House Committee on Foreign Affairs. He assumes his new role Jan. 3, when the 113th Congress first meets.

As the first CSUF graduate elected to Congress, Royce's ascension to the leadership post represents a new milestone for the Titan who earned his bachelor's degree in business administration-accounting in 1977. First elected to the state Senate in 1982, he won a seat in the House of Representatives a decade later.

The House Committee on Foreign Affairs considers legislation affecting the diplomatic community, which includes the State Department, United Nations, Peace Corps and the Agency for International Development.

Only two other Californians have been chosen by the GOP to chair House committees in the new Congress: Rep. Darrell Issa to head Oversight and Government Reform and Rep. Howard "Buck” McKeon to chair the Armed Services Committee. Royce will succeed outgoing Chairwoman Ileanna Ros-Lehtinen of Florida.

"After years of sacrifice, Americans are weary of engagement. But while we can't step away from the many challenges abroad, I'll be working to see that U.S. policy is smart and focused, and that we make the best use of our limited resources," Royce said in a statement.

Wednesday's action by the GOP conference endorsed Tuesday's selection of Royce by the Republican Steering Committee, headed by Speaker John Boehner.

"I was honored to have the support of so many colleagues on the committee. I look forward to proving their confidence in me, working with them and all members of the committee to defend America abroad."

Royce has served on the Foreign Affairs Committee since entering Congress in 1993, and the focus of his committee work has been on economic issues.

"We are only as strong abroad as we are at home. The committee will focus on expanding economic opportunities for Americans overseas. That includes reforming our too bureaucratic export control system," he said.

Currently, Royce chairs the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade, and earlier this month, he issued a statement emphasizing Israel's right to self-defense. Within the Financial Services Committee, where he is a senior member, he serves on two subcommittees: Capital Markets and Government Sponsored Enterprises, plus Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit.

"This is outstanding news," said Owen Holmes, associate vice president for government relations. "We look forward to continuing our work with Congressman Royce and his staff as he takes on this new and very important role."

Royce previously chaired the Africa Subcommittee for eight years, and has been active on the Asia and the Pacific Subcommittee. 

Now serving his 10th term in Congress, representing Southern California's 40th District, Royce and his wife, Marie, are longtime Fullerton residents.

By: Paula Selleck, 657-278-4856

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