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Royce Tapped to Chair Foreign Affairs Committee
Time of peril and opportunity abroad
U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-CA) was selected today by the Republican Steering Committee to chair the Committee on Foreign Affairs in the 113th Congress.U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-CA) was selected today by the Republican Steering Committee to chair the Committee on Foreign Affairs in the 113th Congress. Royce will succeed Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, who was term limited. The decision of the Steering Committee, a group of Republican leaders chaired by Speaker John Boehner, is expected to be ratified by the full Republican Conference on Wednesday.
The Committee on Foreign Affairs has jurisdiction over the activities of the State Department, including embassy security. In his presentation to the Steering Committee, Royce pledged to exercise tough but fair oversight of the Obama Administration.
Royce has focused on economic issues during his time on the Committee.
In the weeks leading to the Steering Committee vote, Royce won the endorsement of a large majority of Committee Republican members returning to Congress, including Chairman Ros Lehtinen.
Royce has served on the Committee since entering Congress in 1993. Royce has served as chairman or ranking member of the Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade Subcommittee for the past eight years. Royce chaired the Africa Subcommittee for eight years, and has been active on the Asia and the Pacific Subcommittee.