Republican Rep. David Dreier decides against seeking reelection


Another golden opportunity for the D's, he was redistricted into a mostly Hispanic area that went overwhelmingly for PBO.

Veteran Rep. David Dreier, one of California's most influential Republicans in Congress, announced Wednesday that he won't be running for reelection, perhaps the biggest casualty of the state's first-ever citizens-drawn political map, which cast him into a politically inhospitable district.

Dreier is the sixth California House member to announce his retirement when his term expires, further shaking up a delegation that has built up clout on Capitol Hill because of its stability over the years.

Dreier, chairman of the House Rules Committee, made the announcement on the House floor, citing Congress' "abysmally low approval rating."

"The American people are asking for change in Congress," he said.

Dreier's retirement is not a surprise, given the challenges he faced in winning reelection in a redrawn district.