Republican Royce, whose 40th District includes Los Alamitos, would succeed the termed-out Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. The decision of the Steering Committee, a group of Republican leaders chaired by Speaker John Boehner, will face ratification by the full Republican Conference on Wednesday.
Royce said that right now, Iran is the most significant threat to the U.S. and its allies. He served as a conferee to the Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability, and Divestment Act of 2010 and has advocated stronger U.S.-Israel relations.
The Committee on Foreign Affairs has jurisdiction over the activities of the State Department, including embassy security.
Royce has been on the committee since entering Congress in 1993. He has served as chairman or ranking member of the Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade Subcommittee for the last eight years. Royce chaired the Africa Subcommittee for eight years and has been active on the Asia and the Pacific Subcommittee.