GOLD RIVER, CA - Incumbent Rep. Dan Lungren, R-Gold River, conceded the hard-fought race for the Congressional District 7 to challenger Dr. Ami Bera, D-Elk Grove on Friday.
The Associated Press called the race for Bera late Thursday as his lead over Lungren widened.
Lungren issued this statement:
I am satisfied that enough votes have been counted to determine that I will not be representing the citizens of the 7th Congressional District during the 113th Congress. It was a tough campaign and I accept the outcome.
I congratulate Dr. Bera in his victory and I wish him well as he accepts this new challenge.
It is my hope that Dr. Bera approaches Congress, as have I, with a humble heart, respect for the institution and a desire to perform his duties in the best interest of the people he represents and the country.
No one can fulfill the obligations of public service alone. The contributions of my wife Bobbi and our family have been inestimable. I could never thank them enough. My staff has worked tirelessly on behalf of others - there are no better public servants anywhere.
I am proud of the work we have accomplished representing Californians both in the California Department of Justice and in the United States Congress. The experience of 18 years serving in the House of Representatives and eight years as California's Attorney General truly has been an honor and one for which I will be forever grateful.
During my time in the House, we were able to build coalitions across the aisle to advance legislation that not only benefitted the people of the district, but all Americans. I am proud of the meaningful work we have achieved with Folsom Dam, our levees, U.S. port security, chemical facility security, cyber security, criminal justice reform, immigration reform, national security, human trafficking, reining in government spending and the myriad of other issues that came before the Congress.
Bobbi and I wish to thank the multitude of volunteers and supporters who were by our side in this effort. Your support is gratifying and humbling and for that we are immensely grateful. God Bless you and God bless this land of ours.