Gallegly Announces Retirement

The Congressman will retire at the end of the current Congress.

Ventura County's longest serving U.S. representative is retiring. Rep. Elton Gallegly announced Friday night that he will not seek re-election, according to a statement issued by his office Saturday.

The 67-year-old Congressman announced his decision with his wife, Janice, to a small group of friends saying it did not come lightly.

"But, in the end, Janice and I decided now was the right time to begin the next chapter in our lives ... It has been an honor and a privilege to have served our communities and our country for the past 25 years and I look forward to continue to do so for the next year," he said, according to the statement.

Gallegly serves as the vice chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee and chairman of the Judiciary Committee's Subcomittee on Immigration Policy and Enforcement.

He first ran for Congress in 1986 after serving as the first directly-elected mayor of Simi Valley, where the Southern California native has lived since 1968. He entered public service in 1979, when he was elected to the Simi Valley city council.

Gallegly's announcement comes on the tail of California's recent redistricting, which split his old district and would pit him against fellow GOP Rep. Buck McKeon, chairman of the House Armed Services Committee if he chose to run in one of the new districts. McKeon currently represents the majority of the new district. Gallegly's other option was to run in the new 26th district that includes Moorpark and much of the rest of Ventura County, expanding to cover Oxnard and Port Hueneme but not including Santa Barbara County, thus offering different demographics—and a slight Democrat advantage—than the area he currently serves and is the district in which Moorpark City Council member David Pollock is seeking the Democratic nomination.

“Janice and I want to thank everyone who has been with us through more than 30 years of public service,” Gallegly said in the statement issued Saturday. “Serving in Congress and representing my home for 25 years is the greatest experience I could have ever asked for."

Eric Dee January 07, 2012 at 08:16 PM
Thank goodness for small favors. David Pollock for the newly vacated 26th Congressional seat ...www.pollockforcongress.com.
Timothy Lim January 07, 2012 at 08:31 PM
I was curious about the Representative's position on Prop. 20 before the vote. Here's what he said according to the Santa Ynez Valley Journal: “Gerrymandering is a serious problem,” Elton Gallegly (R-Simi Valley) said in an e-mail. “I do not support Proposition 27 because if it passes, even if Proposition 20 also passes, the Citizens Redistricting Commission would be eliminated and partisan politicians again would have the authority to draw congressional and state legislative districts.” In short, Gallegly was in favor of Commission, since he assumed that it would benefit him and the GOP. When that did not happen, he complains that the Commission is "unaccountable." Even more hypocritically he implies that partisan gerrymandering really wasn't so bad after all. This is a perfect example of being "careful what you wish for because you just might get it."
Francis January 07, 2012 at 11:44 PM
My only hope is Rep. Elton Gallegly is replaced, by a TEA PARTY Republican. Somebody who will save us from the special interest lobbyists, selling our country for favors. The whole Congress is rife with corruption. The democrats for more votes, especially for the reelection of Obama The republicans for cheap labor for their friend in the business world. Learn more about political corruption at www.judicialwatch.org We can only pray that we have another pro-sovereignty, ant-illegal immigration lawmaker, to take his place.
Michael smith January 26, 2012 at 01:49 AM
Francis don't you know the tea party is funded by Carl Rove and the Coke brothers. You get what you vote for if your not a multi millionaire then you must really old and watch fox news. Where was the tea party when Bush was spending us into this recession wake up and smell the Rove.
Dannielle Huxley January 26, 2012 at 09:19 PM
Michael, I'm not sure it matters who funded it if the voters agree with the politician's platform (and then the politicians carry through). I mean, come on, look at the corporations and unions that fund the two major parties - it's no better. Heck, one of the founders of the Democratic party was Aaron Burr, Alexander Hamilton's murderer. (Note- I'm not saying that makes the Democratic party bad; I'm saying it doesn't matter.)


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