Ed Royce

Ed Royce

CALIFORNIA's 39th DISTRICT

Rep. Royce's 7th Annual Women's Conference

2015/03/28

Condoleezza Rice, former Secretary of State, will keynote Rep. Royce's 7th annual women's conference. Read More

Reps. Royce and Meeks Move to Bolster Lending Ability of Credit Unions

2015/03/02

Today, U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-CA) and U.S. Representative Gregory Meeks (D-NY) introduced H.R. 1188, the Credit Union Small Business Jobs Creation Act. The bill increases the member business lending (MBL) cap for qualified credit unions from 12.25% to 27.5%:

“Current regulations arbitrarily cap the ability of our nation’s credit unions to lend to small businesses. Main Street businesses looking to expand and hire more workers have suffered as a result,” said Rep. Royce. "The Credit Union Small Business Jobs Creation Act removes this obstacle to lending and ensures that qualified credit unions are better able to support Americans who need loans to start, sustain, or grow their businesses.”

“By increasing the business lending cap on credit unions, this bill will create jobs, grow the economy, and help businesses throughout the country,” said Rep. Meeks. “It has long been known that small businesses are the key engine of job growth in this country. But only qualified and responsible credit unions with a history of business lending will be eligible under this bill. This is necessary to ensure the stability and an appropriate balance with our financial institutions.”

The Credit Union Small Business Jobs Creation Act increases the MBL cap from 12.25% to 27.5% for certain credit unions. Under the bill, to qualify for the higher cap a credit union must be well capitalized, have a history of member business lending experience, be operating near its current cap for at least one year, and receive approval by the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA).

Reps. Royce and Meeks, senior members of the House Financial Services Committee, both urge swift action from their colleagues to advance this bipartisan legislation.

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Rep. Royce Votes for STEM Education Act of 2015

2015/02/25

U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-Fullerton) released the following statement on passage of the STEM Education Act of 2015 (H.R. 1020) through the U.S. House of Representatives after voting for the bill:

"By classifying computer science as a STEM field, we will empower educators to help foster the next generation of computer programmers. These important jobs are responsible for much of the innovative technology and economic activity around us today. By 2020, there will be an estimated 1.4 million computing jobs in the U.S. and the STEM Education Act of 2015 ensures we will have the American workers to fill them."

The STEM Education Act of 2015 defines STEM education as education in the subjects of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, including computer science. This legislation also directs the National Science Foundation to continue to award competitive, merit-based grants to support research and development of innovative out-of-school STEM learning.

Last year, Rep. Royce hosted a Congressional STEM Competition for local high school students to showcase their skills in STEM fields. Contestants were asked to develop a mobile phone application. Rep. Royce will host a similar competition later this year.

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Royce Office Accepting Entrants to 2015 Congressional Art Competition

2015/02/23

U.S. Representative Ed Royce (CA-39) has announced the start of the 2015 Congressional Art Competition for high school students from the 39th Congressional District of California. The winning student's artwork will hang in the U.S. Capitol alongside winning pieces from every Congressional district across the country:

"The Congressional Art Competition is an opportunity for the talented young people of our community to showcase their many creative skills. I encourage all who are interested to make a submission," said Rep. Royce.

The contest is a part of a nationwide Congressional Art Competition sponsored by the Congressional Arts Caucus. All interested high school artists from California's 39th Congressional District may participate in this year's contest by submitting their entries no later than 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 to either one of Rep. Royce's district offices: Brea Office (210 W Birch Street, Suite 201, Brea, CA 92821) or the Rowland Heights Office (1380 Fullerton Rd, Suite 205, Rowland Heights, CA 91748).

More information on submission guidelines and the contest can be found here.

General questions regarding the Congressional Art Competition can be directed to Lauren Pong from Rep. Royce's staff at Lauren.Pong@mail.house.gov or (626) 964-5123.

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Rep. Royce Statement on Tentative West Coast Port Agreement

2015/02/21

U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-Fullerton) released the following statement on the tentative agreement reached between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) to end labor negotiations and temporary stoppages at West Coast ports:
 
"The tentative agreement between the shipping companies and the longshoremen is sorely needed by California businesses and workers who have suffered immensely during port slowdowns. I commend the White House on joining the efforts of local leaders to broker a deal and look forward to continuing to advocate for the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach."

On January 30, 2015, Rep. Royce was joined by dozens of members of the U.S. House of Representatives in writing a letter to both ILWU President Robert McEllrath and Pacific Maritime Association Chairman and CEO James McKenna that urged both parties to resolve their differences in an effort to avoid a port shutdown. Rep. Royce also contacted both sides of the dispute last December with a bipartisan California Congressional delegation letter that highlighted the economic ramifications that a port shutdown will have on California businesses and workers. Additionally, Rep. Royce kept in contact with both sides of the dispute until an agreement was reached.

Rep. Royce represents California's 39th Congressional District, which encompasses parts of Los Angeles, Orange, and San Bernardino counties. He is Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and a senior member of the House Financial Services Committee.

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Women Leaders Added to Royce Conference Lineup, RSVPs Open

2015/02/18

U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-Fullerton) released the following statement  on the 7th Annual Women's Conference that his office is hosting in conjunction with the California State University, Fullerton's Philanthropic Foundation:

"In addition to Secretary Rice, I look forward to being joined by a wide variety of successful women entrepreneurs, authors, and business leaders during this year's Women's Conference. Speaker topics are selected by past conference attendees and include investment techniques, infant nutrition, and home-buying."

The Women’s Conference, which Rep. Royce has hosted every year since 2009, is a half-day seminar dedicated to giving women the tools and resources necessary to enrich their lives. This year's conference will be keynoted by former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and features breakout speakers such as "What to Expect When You’re Expecting" author Heidi Murkoff, celebrity chef Jamie Gwen, and venture capitalist Eva Ho. A full list of speakers and corresponding biographies can be viewed here.

The office of Rep. Royce is currently accepting general admission RSVPs. For more information about the conference and to RSVP, please click here.

NOTE: This event is open to the press, but an RSVP is required. Media RSVPs and inquiries can be directed to Rep. Royce's Communications Director Saat Alety at saat.alety@mail.house.gov or (202) 225-4111. Read More

House members call for swift resolution of West Coast port dispute

2015/02/12

A bipartisan group of House members on Thursday called for a "swift resolution" of the labor dispute at West Coast ports, warning that the cargo buildup and partial shutdowns were hurting businesses and posed a major risk to the U.S. economy.

"We believe this is the greatest threat our nation faces right now," said Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-Ore.), who said businesses in his district have laid off workers because goods are not moving through the ports.

He and 15 House colleagues, including Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield), held a news conference highlighting the damage the dispute is causing in their districts.

They called on both sides to quickly end their nine-month negotiations and reach a contract agreement. If they can't, President Obama should intervene to get the ports fully functioning, the lawmakers said.

"Nobody wins by the current situation," said McCarthy, who noted that farmers in his Central Valley district were losing millions of dollars daily because agricultural goods were rotting as they waited to be shipped.

"This is something that cannot continue," he said.

The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, along with other West Coast ports, will be partially shut down through Monday because shipping companies and terminal operators don't want to pay overtime to workers who they said were deliberately slowing operations.

The union denied its members were deliberately slowing operations.

The Pacific Maritime Assn., the employer group representing the shipping companies, and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union have been without a contract since July.

About 89 House members recently sent a letter to the heads of the association and union urging them to quickly resolve their differences. And the lawmakers hoped to get the House to approve a resolution Thursday with the same message.

Rep. Janice Hahn (D-San Pedro), whose district includes the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, said the harbor was full of ships waiting to unload their goods and carry U.S. exports abroad.

She noted that about 40% of the cargo containers shipped to the U.S. arrive at those two ports and the effect of the cargo buildup had spread beyond the region.

"These ports are not only the economic engine for Southern California, but they play a vital role ... in our entire nation's economy, commerce and trade," Hahn said.

Rep. Ed Royce (R-Fullerton) warned that layoffs at U.S. businesses soon would spread if the dispute isn't settled. And a long-term port shutdown would be a "lose-lose" situation for the longshoremen, the ports and the economy.

A 2002 ports lockout led President George W. Bush to invoke the Taft-Hartley Act to force them to reopen because of the threat to the national economy. House members said Obama should do the same if there is a lockout or strike this time.

Obama was headed to the San Francisco Bay Area on Thursday for a cybersecurity summit Friday. Schrader said the president should take the opportunity to meet with the heads of the association and union, which are both located in San Francisco, and try to resolve the dispute.

"This is something he could do to take advantage of the opportunity," Schrader said. "I would hope that the two groups would take advantage of him being there and show America they care about America more than just about themselves."

Asked if Obama planned to intervene in the dispute, White House spokesman Eric Schultz said Thursday that "we believe it should be resolved at the negotiating table."

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Rep. Royce Urges Resolution to West Coast Port Labor Negotiations

2015/02/10

U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-Fullerton) released the following statement on labor negotiations between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association and the impending shutdown of West Coast ports:
 
“Trade supports over 38 million jobs across America and a shutdown of our nation's West Coast ports will have a devastating ripple effect at a time when our economy is still shaky. Whether it be dairy farms in Chino Hills waiting on feed for their stock or aerospace manufacturers in the City of Industry in need of parts, Southern California businesses depend heavily on the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. These two ports alone handle 40% of U.S. imports and employ thousands of Californians, meaning a shutdown will cause economic harm both locally and nationwide." 

On January 30, 2015, Rep. Royce was joined by dozens of members of the U.S. House of Representatives in writing a letter to both ILWU President Robert McEllrath and Pacific Maritime Association Chairman and CEO James McKenna that urged both parties to resolve their differences in an effort to avoid a port shutdown. Rep. Royce also contacted both sides of the dispute last December with a bipartisan California Congressional delegation letter that highlighted the economic ramifications that a port shutdown will have on California businesses and workers.

Rep. Royce represents California's 39th Congressional District, which encompasses parts of Los Angeles, Orange, and San Bernardino counties. He is Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and a senior member of the House Financial Services Committee.

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OFR Website Has New Logo, But Still Lacks References to Cybersecurity

2015/02/03

U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-CA) released the following statement on the Office of Financial Research's (OFR) new website:
 
“While I was impressed by the OFR's nifty new website, I was sad to see a continued lack of reference to it's efforts to keep the financial data of millions of Americans secure or any semblance of an annual work plan. Perhaps the OFR should focus more of its resources on improving interagency communication when preparing public reports rather than fancy logos.”

Rep. Royce, a senior member of the House Financial Services Committee, introduced the Office of Financial Research Accountability Act last year alongside U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-FL), and will advance similar legislation in the 114th Congress. The bill requires the OFR to release an annual work plan outlining the Office’s priorities, mandates the OFR to consult federal regulatory agencies when preparing public reports, and tasks the OFR with developing and implementing a cybersecurity plan, that will be reviewed annually by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO). Read More

Condoleezza Rice to Keynote Royce's 7th Annual Women's Conference

2015/01/28

Today, U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-Fullerton) announced that former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will deliver the keynote address at his 7th Annual Women's Conference. The event, held in conjunction with the California State University, Fullerton's (CSUF) Philanthropic Foundation, will take place at CSUF's Titan Student Union Center (800 North State College Boulevard, Fullerton, CA 92831) on Saturday, March 28, 2015.

"Secretary Rice is an accomplished diplomat, scholar, and business leader who is often cited as a role model for women around the world. She has lived a life dedicated to public service, and I'm honored that she will keynote the Women's Conference this year," said Rep. Royce. "I look forward to joining many members of our community as we gather to learn from Secretary Rice's unique insights and life experiences."

Rice is currently a professor of Political Economy in the Graduate School of Business; the Thomas and Barbara Stephenson Senior Fellow on Public Policy at the Hoover Institution; and a professor of Political Science at Stanford University.

From January 2005-2009, Rice served as the 66th Secretary of State of the United States, the second woman and first African American woman to hold the post. Rice also served as President George W. Bush’s Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs (National Security Advisor) from January 2001-2005, the first woman to hold the position.

Rice served as Stanford University’s Provost from 1993-1999, during which she was the institution's chief budget and academic officer. As Provost, she was responsible for a $1.5 billion annual budget and the academic program involving 1,400 faculty members and 14,000 students. In 1997, she also served on the Federal Advisory Committee on Gender -- Integrated Training in the Military.

From 1989 through March 1991, Rice served on President George H.W. Bush’s National Security Council staff.  She served as Director; Senior Director of Soviet and East European Affairs; and, Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs. In 1986, while an international affairs fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations, Rice also served as Special Assistant to the Director of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

The Women’s Conference, which Rep. Royce has hosted every year since 2009, is a half-day seminar dedicated to giving women the tools and resources necessary to enrich their lives. Past speakers include actress Kristen Bell and former eBay Chief Executive Officer Meg Whitman. In addition to the keynote speech, the conference will include breakout sessions on topics suggested by past conference attendees, such as personal finance, healthy living and career advice. Specific breakout session details will be announced in the coming weeks.

For more information about Rep. Royce’s annual Women’s Conference, please click here.

NOTE: This event is open to the press, but an RSVP is required. Media RSVPs and inquiries can be directed to Rep. Royce's Communications Director Saat Alety at saat.alety@mail.house.gov or (202) 225-4111.

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Rep. Royce Introduces Pay Back the Taxpayers Act to Prevent GSEs Funding Housing Advocacy Groups

2015/01/27

Today, U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-CA) will introduce the Pay Back the Taxpayers Act of 2015, legislation that prohibits Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (GSEs) from diverting funds to the Housing Trust Fund and the Capital Magnet Fund in accordance with the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s (FHFA) interpretation of the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 (HERA):

“We heard directly today from Fannie and Freddie's regulator that while they remain under-capitalized and over-leveraged, it is the right time to start siphoning money away from these taxpayer-backed GSEs to questionable housing groups,” said Rep. Royce. "Anyone who witnessed the financial crisis knows exactly how this will play out. A larger government presence in housing distorts the market and promotes a boom-and-bust cycle that leaves taxpayers holding the bag. Coupled with the recent decision by the FHA to reduce mortgage premiums, it appears that the Administration is taking us in the complete wrong direction when it comes to stabilizing housing markets. The Pay Back the Taxpayers Act will preempt payments from the GSEs to housing advocacy groups and instead reroutes them where they belong: with the taxpayers.”

Under current law, the FHFA is required to suspend allocations to the funds if such payments would: 1) contribute to the financial instability of the GSEs; 2) cause the GSES to be undercapitalized; or 3) prevent the GSEs from successfully completing a capital restoration plan.

The Pay Back the Taxpayers Act removes any ambiguity under the law and states that no funds from Fannie and Freddie can be used to fund the national Housing Trust Fund while the GSEs are in conservatorship or receivership. In light of FHFA Director Mel Watt’s recent decision to reverse course on the funds’ capitalization, the bill includes a prohibition on any future transfers from the GSEs to the funds and will require any payments that have already been allocated or set aside be instead used to reduce the budget deficit.

Rep. Royce questioned FHFA Director Mel Watt at today’s House Financial Services Committee hearing entitled “Sustainable Housing Finance: An Update from the Director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency” as to why he has directed the GSEs to fund these housing groups when the GSEs are over-leveraged and under-capitalized. Click here to watch Rep. Royce’s questioning and Director Watt’s answers.

Rep. Royce is a senior member of the House Financial Services Committee, with membership on both the Capital Markets and Government Sponsored Enterprises Subcommittee and the Housing and Insurance Subcommittee.

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Join MIT App Inventor team webinar and get started in the House Student App Challenge

2014/04/07

MIT's App Inventor team is collaborating with the Congressional App Challenge Coalition and Samsung to offer a special hour-long webinar for any middle and high school students from across the country who want to learn how to build an Android app with MIT App Inventor. Read More

Rep. Royce's Staff to Hold Mobile Office Hours in Chino Hills

2014/03/06

Rep. Royce’s staff will be available for mobile office hours in the Red Tailed Hawk Room in the City Clerk’s Office at Chino Hills City Hall. Read More

Paying for College Seminar

2014/01/25

U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-Fullerton) will hold a "Paying for College" seminar on January 25, 2014. Read More

Chairman Royce Announces Southern California Field Hearing on Human Trafficking

2013/11/04

On Monday, November 4th, Rep. Ed Royce, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, will hold the Committee’s first field hearing to examine international human trafficking and to assess efforts to combat trafficking at the international, Federal, State and local levels. Read More

Royce and City of Buena Park to Host Paying for College Seminar

2013/11/03

U.S. Representative Ed Royce will hold a "Paying for College" seminar in conjunction with the City of Buena Park. Read More

Rep. Royce's Staff to Hold Mobile Office Hours

2013/10/03

A member of Rep. Royce's staff will hold mobile office hours on Thursday, October 3rd from 9am - 4pm at Chino Hills City Hall. Read More

OC Registrar of Voters Holds Free Election Academy

2013/10/03

The OC Registrar of voters offers a complimentary "Election Academy" that will cover virtually all aspects of elections. Read More

U.S. Military Service Academy Info Series For Students

2013/09/19

U.S. Rep. Ed Royce welcomes all interested students to a series of three informational meetings about the U.S. Military Service Academies. Read More

City of Brea 34th Annual Country Fair

2013/07/05

Food, games, rides and live entertainment. Something planned for all ages! Read More

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Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-4111
Fax 202-226-0335
royce.house.gov

Committee Assignments

Financial Services

Foreign Affairs

U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R) is serving his eleventh term in Congress representing Southern California’s 39th District, based in Orange, Los Angeles, and San Bernardino Counties. He and his wife, Marie, are longtime residents of Fullerton, CA.

Royce’s priorities in Congress are: addressing our national debt, protecting our homeland, eliminating pork-barrel spending, fighting crime and supporting victims of crime, strengthening education for all students, spurring job creation and strengthening Social Security and Medicare.

Royce has a strong history of public service. In 1982, he was elected to the California State Senate where he began his fight for victims’ rights. He authored the nation’s first anti-stalker law and versions of his bill have been adopted in all 50 states. He was also the legislative author and campaign co-chairman of California’s Proposition 115, the Crime Victims/Speedy Trial Initiative, approved by the voters in 1990. In Congress, Royce continues his fight for victims’ rights. He wrote and passed the Interstate Stalking Punishment and Prevention Act in 1996. This law makes it a federal crime to pursue a victim across state lines and enables law enforcement to intervene before violence occurs. Royce was active in passing AMBER Alert legislation in 2003, and legislation in 2004 to enhance rights for victims of crime. He currently is a member of the Victim’s Rights Caucus.

For the 113th Congress, Royce was selected to be Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Royce has served on the Committee since entering Congress in 1993. Immediately prior to becoming Chairman of the Committee, Royce served as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade and a member of the Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific.

As a senior member of the House Financial Services Committee, Royce sits on two Subcommittees: Capital Markets and Government Sponsored Enterprises, and Insurance and Housing. Royce has served on the conference committees for some of the most significant legislation in the financial services arena. For more than a decade Royce has called for a stronger federal regulator to limit Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s excessive risk taking at the expense of taxpayers. In 2003, he was the first member of Congress to write legislation calling for a single regulator under the Treasury Department for the three housing government sponsored enterprises: Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and the twelve Federal Home Loan Banks.

Royce has consistently earned honors and awards from the National Taxpayers Union, Citizens Against Government Waste, National Federation of Independent Businesses, Watchdogs of the Treasury, Americans for Tax Reform, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, United Seniors Association, 60 Plus, American Share Holders Association, Citizens for a Sound Economy and the Small Business Survival Committee.

A California native, Royce is a graduate of California State University, Fullerton, School of Business Administration. Prior to entering public service, his professional background includes experience as a small business owner, a controller, a capital projects manager, and a corporate tax manager for a Southern California company. Royce and his wife, Marie, have been married for 28 years.


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