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Edward 'Ed' Randall Royce
Birthdate: Oct. 12, 1951
Birth Place: Los Angeles, CA, United States
Residence: Fullerton, CA
Religion: Roman Catholic
First Elected: 1992
District: District 39
Undergraduate: California State University - Fullerton
Ed Royce was born in Los Angeles. He earned a bachelor's in business administration in 1977 from California State University-Fullerton, where he was a chair of the local chapter of College Republicans.
Royce's interest in politics began in high school, where he was driven to refute that a centrally planned system would outperform a market economy. He has been a longtime skeptic of big government and was executive director of California Youth for Reagan.
He was a small business owner, controller, corporate tax manager and a capital projects manager for a Southern California company he co-owned with his wife.
He was elected to the California Senate in 1982 and served until his election to the U.S. House in 1992.
Royce and his wife, Marie, live in Fullerton.
After two decades in Congress, Ed Royce is running on his familiar platforms of fiscal conservatism and national security _ but this time, it's for a new district.
The longtime House member from California's 40th District is angling to represent the 39th District after a statewide redistricting effort in 2011.
Royce considers it his role in Congress to fight against excessive spending in government _ even dismantling pieces of it if he can.
Royce co-sponsored a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution, which would require Washington to live within its means. He supports a cap on total federal spending.
In 2011, Royce introduced the Small Business Lending Enhancement Act to help finance small businesses.
Royce pushed in June 2010 to include language in a mortgage agency bailout bill that would reform Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. No Republicans voted for the bill.
He introduced companion legislation in 2010 to bolster U.S.-backed Radio Free Asia, which would permanently authorize Radio Free Asia's broadcasting authority. The House passed the bill in June 2010.
He voted against the 2009 economic stimulus package backed by President Barack Obama.
Royce also makes immigration and border security a legislative priority.
In 2011, he introduced legislation that would strengthen visa security, complete the border fence between the United States and Mexico and prohibit the secretaries of the interior and agriculture from interfering with U.S. Border Patrol enforcement activities on federal lands.
Royce sponsored an amendment in 2007 to the Homeland Security appropriations bill that would have prohibited money for border fencing and technology from being used for anything but that project. The amendment did not pass.
He voiced his staunch support in January 2009 for President George W. Bush to grant in his last days in office early prison releases to two former Border Patrol agents whose convictions for shooting a Mexican drug dealer helped fuel the national debate over illegal immigration.
Royce co-sponsored legislation in 2007 that called on the Chinese government to respect the human rights of North Korean refugees. He co-sponsored legislation in 2008 to improve defense cooperation between South Korea and the United States.
Royce helped pass a bipartisan bill in May 2010 requiring a plan to confront the Lord's Resistance Army, Africa's longest running rebel group. In 2012, language from a Royce-authored bill to update and revise a rewards program targeting the world's worst human rights abusers was included in broader legislation that cleared the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
Royce is chairman of the Foreign Affairs subcommittee on terrorism, nonproliferation and trade and sits on the Foreign Affairs subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific.
He also sits on the Financial Services subcommittees of capital markets and government sponsored enterprises and financial institutions and consumer credit.
Source: Associated Press
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