|David Dreier, has been in the U.S. House since 1981|
Dreier is the sixth California House member to announce plans to retire when his term ends, shaking up a delegation that has built up clout on Capitol Hill because of its stability over the years.The 59-year-old, unmarried Congressman has long been rumored to gay. It will be interesting to see how long it takes him to come out of the closet officially after retires.
Dreier's announcement was not a surprise. The California Citizens Redistricting Commission's new map collapsed his district into three new ones.
Two of the newly drawn districts — both based in the San Gabriel Valley — are solidly Democratic with large ethnic voter populations.
Rep. Judy Chu (D-Monterey Park) is running in one with a strong concentration of Asian voters, and Rep. Grace F. Napolitano (D-Norwalk) has moved into the other, which includes Dreier's San Dimas home and where Latinos make up 46% of registered voters.
Hat/tip to Joe.My.God.