In the first gift of its kind for Cal State Fullerton, retired U.S. Rep. Ed Royce has donated his congressional papers to the university’s Lawrence de Graaf Center for Oral and Public History.
A longtime supporter of his alma mater and the first Titan elected to Congress, Royce ’77 (B.A. business administration) recently retired after 13 terms in the U.S. Congress.
The congressman’s legislative career began in 1982 when he was elected to the California State Senate. Ten years later, he was elected to Congress. In his more than two decades of service in D.C., Royce earned respect from colleagues on both sides of the aisles. In 2015, The Washington Post named him one of the “10 most effective lawmakers in the U.S. Congress.”
Royce served on the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee, as well as the African and Asian subcommittees. As chair of the Africa subcommittee, he played an important role in the drafting and passage of U.S.-African trade legislation. Throughout his time in Congress, he was instrumental in strengthening U.S. relations with Asian allies, especially democratic South Korea and Taiwan, pushing major trade and national security legislation to bolster trans-Pacific ties that are critical to southern California’s economy.
In recognition of his years of work, Royce was chosen as chair of the full committee in 2013 — a position he held until his retirement in January 2019.
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