David Dreier Announces Intention To Not Run For Reelection
Congressman David Dreier (R-CA) announced his decision to leave Congress at the end of his term on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives today.
While not a traditional way to announce retirement from the Congress, Dreier said he chose that venue for the announcement because that is where his “fellow Californians” sent him to represent them and he is a “proud institutionalist” who believes Congress “is as great as it has ever been.”
“My decision has been a deliberative one,” Dreier said. “Three years ago I contemplated leaving at the end of the previous Congress, but I ultimately chose to seek reelection for the sake of pursuing four key objectives:
“1. To reverse the very dangerous 82 percent increase in non-defense discretionary spending that we had in the previous two Congresses;
“2. To finally pass the job-creating free trade agreements with Colombia, Panama and South Korea;
“3. To enhance our national security by working to strengthen the legislatures of new and reemerging democracies across the globe through the bipartisan House Democracy Partnership; and
“4. To ensure, through the Rules Committee, that both Democrats and Republicans have the opportunity to offer their solutions by proposing amendments on the House floor.”
Drier said he felt acting in a bipartisan way, they were able to accomplish all four of his goals.
“We not only passed all three pending free trade agreements, we did so with the largest bipartisan support of any trade measure in years,” Dreier said. “The 17 partner countries of the House Democracy Partnership are making important strides, and the advent of the Arab Spring has brought about the greatest opportunity in more than a generation for democracy throughout the Arab world. Finally, both Democrats and Republicans can offer their ideas on the House floor.”
Dreier was first elected to Congress in 1980. He became a member of the House Leadership when he took the helm of the House Committee on Rules in Jan. 1999. In May 2001, Dreier was unanimously selected to chair the state’s Republican Congressional Delegation, a position he continues to hold. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves on the board of the International Republican Institute.
Despite his intention to leave Congress at the end of his term, Dreier said he intends to spend the year working towards greater bipartisan progress.
“Our economy and our job market remain in peril, and the effort to rein in the deficit has only just begun,” Dreier said. “Having cleared out the backlog of trade agreements, we must embark on a renewed trade liberalization agenda to revitalize the worldwide marketplace. The endeavor to ensure that American workers and entrepreneurs are able to grow our economy and increase our standard of living is an ongoing one. It is an endeavor that I look forward to pursuing as vigorously outside of Congress as I have here.”