California Rep. Gallegly to retire
January 7th, 2012
08:27 PM ET
9 years ago

California Rep. Gallegly to retire

(CNN) - Republican Rep. Elton Gallegly of California will not seek re-election and plans to retire at the end of his term, his office announced Saturday.

"Serving in Congress and representing my home for 25 years is the greatest experience I could have ever asked for," the 13-term congressman said in a statement. "Working with our country’s leadership on a daily basis in striving to move toward a better, stronger and more vibrant America for more than two decades has been a dream come true. The decision to step aside at this time did not come lightly."

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Gallegly represents California's 24th Congressional District, which covers most of Ventura County and parts of Santa Barbara County.

As vice chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Gallegly has been a vocal advocate against illegal immigration.

He's known for the so-called "Gallegly amendment," which he introduced to the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act in 1996. The provision would allow states to refuse public education to undocumented students. While it passed the House, the amendment was removed in the Senate after sharp opposition by President Bill Clinton and Senate Democrats.

In 2006, a leading conservative magazine, Human Events, named Gallegly one of the Top Ten Illegal Immigration Hawks in Congress. His office also points to his induction into the U.S. Border Control Hall of Fame.

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Filed under: 2012 • California • Congress • House • Immigration
soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. A former republican

    Good! That means one less republican screwing things up.

    January 7, 2012 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  2. T'sah From Virginia

    LQQKn at the Debate!!

    MITTens has NO foreign experience!! Watching the debate now, he did not answer any of the questions. He beat around the bush and then went off the deep end!!! PerryWinkle wants to send troops back to Iraq. The ONLY reasonable candidate up there is Huntsman on this issue!!!

    Obama 2012 – PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 7, 2012 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  3. DENNA

    And when you retire, take six or seven of your GOP buddies with you.

    January 7, 2012 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  4. Phil Cooper

    The United States needs about 300 more men and women like Mr. Gallegly in Congress if we are to survive as a nation.

    January 8, 2012 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  5. Andrew Hall


    I live in this guy's district; he is an anti-immigrant xenophobe, and his followers are even worse.

    Some of them came to Ojai in 2008 and literally terrorized the population with lies and pepper spray because "our town had gone all blue" – lied about our citizens to the police, even – it was shocking and appalling to see. They even threatened a 16-year-old black girl just for disagreeing with them, waving pepper spray an inch from this poor child's nose and screaming at her – the entire video is available on YouTube if one searches on "Ojai Minutemen", if anyone would like to see proof!

    Thank you for retiring, Rep. Gallegly, and please don't EVER come back.

    January 8, 2012 12:57 am at 12:57 am |
  6. Little Jimmy Truth

    Great job and good luck for nice, and beautiful retiring.

    January 8, 2012 01:19 am at 1:19 am |
  7. TK

    this republican will retire with a big fat monthly paycheck probably at half of his 160k salary

    January 8, 2012 02:10 am at 2:10 am |
  8. sick of republican phonies

    "Working with our country’s leadership on a daily basis in striving to move toward a better, stronger and more vibrant America..." said the retiring blowhard. Uh....when did THAT ever happen? Good riddance to another opportunistic toad.

    January 8, 2012 05:45 am at 5:45 am |
  9. diridi

    get rid of all these old coots in 21st century democratic arena, bring young and energetic, without GREED, Obama2012.

    January 8, 2012 08:19 am at 8:19 am |

    Watch on youtube "Aztlan Rising"

    and you'll begin to understand that this wave of MILLIONS OF illegal aliens from Mexico, are invading the nation under a false belief that this is their land, which was stolen by the white man, so they are simply taking it back. So, how can anyone that loves this blessed nation, support such an anti-American movement? AMERICA, YOU BETTER WAKE UP, BEFORE YOU LOSE IT ALL. And by the way, I am hispanic and I can tell you this, I've never met a group of people more racist against blacks, than Mexicans. Unbelievable, when I hear African Americans politicians (Democrats), supporting the same people (MExicans) that hates them so much... unbelievable!

    January 8, 2012 09:12 am at 9:12 am |