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Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Roybal-Allard announced that she would not run for re-election to the House.

Representative Lucille Royble-Allard, the first Mexican American woman ever elected to Congress, will not seek re-election before the 2022 midterm, continuing the exodus of Democrats, but rather an emerging member of her party. will also clear a way for

Roybal-Allard, chair of the House Appropriations Committee subcommittee on Homeland Security, announced her retirement on Monday, December 20. His three-decade career in Congress will end next year.

According to the Washington Post, she was one of three House Democrats to announce on Monday that they would not seek re-election, bringing the total number of retirees to 23 before the midterm election. Reps. Florida’s Stephanie Murphy and New Jersey’s Albio Cyrus also said they would withdraw.

Locally, Royble-Allard’s departure, following a similar announcement by Rep. Alan Lowenthal last week, would only add to the current rise of decades of Congressional stability. The redistribution process of the state has also brought about changes in the political map of the region.

However, Royble-Allard said in an interview on Monday evening that the new maps, announced on the same day, have nothing to do with the retirement, although previously expressed disappointment about the redistribution process.

“I almost retired from the last election,” she said, “and decided to end the term.

“I’ve been in Congress for 30 years,” said Roybal-Allard, D-commerce. “In talking with my family, the decision was, ‘Now is the right time.’ I am 80 years old and will be 81 in June. Establishing myself in any new district takes a lot of energy and time, and in all fairness to the constituents of both my current district and the new district, best of all now there is time. “

Roybal-Allard, who was born in Boyle Heights, was first elected to Congress in 1992. He married his father, the late Representative Edward R. Roybal and his mother, Lucille Becerra Roybal, continued the legacy of a Latino community activist.

His 40th Congressional District included parts of Bell, Bell Gardens, Commerce, Cudahi, Downey, Huntington Park, Maywood, Paramount, Vernon and Bellflower, East Los Angeles, Florence-Firestone and South Los Angeles.

But the redistribution process will change that.

The finalized maps, which surfaced on Monday but have yet to be approved, essentially link the 40th district of Roybal-Allard with the 47th district of Löwenthal.

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The new district, dubbed the 42nd, omitted parts of Orange County Lowenthal which currently represents and absorbed almost 40th of all of Royal-Allard. Long Beach will be the largest city in that district, the same as the 47th city of Lowenthal.

The new district looks, potentially, even safer for Democrats, with the generally more conservative Little Saigon now in a separate district from progressive Long Beach.

In the void left by Lowenthal’s retirement, meanwhile, Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia stepped in.

García, that city’s first Latino and openly gay leader, took Löwenthal just a day after announcing his retirement to formally announce his bid for Congress. The move could have set off a potentially competitive Democratic showdown with Roybal-Allard.

Until he too chose to run again.

Garcia commended the longtime member of Congress in a statement Monday.

“Congresswoman Roybal-Allard is a trailblazer and has been a fearless advocate for the cities of Los Angeles and the Southeast,” he said. “She has been an incredible national leader for immigration, equality and working families. I am so grateful for her leadership and service to our country and our community.”

With both Roybal-Allard and Lowenthal dismissed, Garcia is almost certainly going to be the front-runner.

“It’s possible that other politically ambitious people could jump in, but they’ve started early,” said Jack Pitney, a professor of politics at Claremont McKenna College. “At the moment, he has a very, very strong chance of being a new member of Congress in early 2023.”

For his part, Royble-Allard reflected on his legacy on Monday evening.

The Congresswoman said in an interview that she is most proud of a bill that requires newborns to be tested for treatable genetic disorders. But among his unfulfilled goals is that the DREAM Act has yet to be passed. The DREAM Act will permanently protect certain immigrants who came to the United States as children but are vulnerable to deportation.

“Serving my constituents in Congress,” Roybal-Allard said in a statement on Monday, “has been the most prestigious honor of my life.

“In my many years of public service,” she continued, “I have always strived to do what is best to help improve my community and my country.”

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