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Lungren Admits Defeat in Congressional Race Against Bera

Updated: Rep. Dan Lungren (R-Gold River) conceded Friday.

Updated: Longtime Congressman Dan Lungren (R-Gold River) said Friday that he feels confident that he has been ousted from the House of Representatives by Elk Grove Democrat Ami Bera.

"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," Lungren wrote in a statement. "It was a tough campaign and I accept the outcome."

Lungren and Bera were deadlocked for days after the election, and the Associated Press called the race in Bera's favor Thursday. Lungren, who represented the Long Beach area in the 1980s, wished Bera well:

"I congratulate Dr. Bera in his victory and I wish him well as he accepts this new challenge," Lungren wrote. "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."

A spokeswoman from Bera's campaign said the Democratic candidate had been "cautiously confident" as votes were counted and his lead increased.

“Congressman-elect Bera is excited and honored that the people of Sacramento County have elected him to represent them," said Allison Teixeira, a spokesperson for the Bera campaign.  "He is very thankful to Congressman Lungren for his service, and now he is ready to start preparing to represent the people of the 7th district.”

Lungren called Bera to concede early Friday afternoon.

Bera flies back from Washington, D.C., Saturday morning after a week at new congressmember orientation.

He’s having a volunteer appreciation party next week, and then flies back to D.C. after Thanksgiving for another week of orientation.

Lungren beat Bera in the 2010 election; this time the congressional district had been radically changed by redistricting.

Lungren's full statement is as follows:

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.

Dan Lungren

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What do you think of this news? Post your thoughts as a comment below.

Victor Calderon November 16, 2012 at 10:53 PM
Thanks for your service, Congressman Lungren. Congratulations Congressman-elect Bera.
Scooter November 16, 2012 at 11:09 PM
haha the wicth is dead ! see ya dan ! dont let that door hey ya !
Mario November 16, 2012 at 11:21 PM
We chose the lesser of two evils and I am happy to see this. Dan was good in the beginning but lost touch with the people over the past few years. I am hoping Bera wil do better and listen to the voice of the people rather than just following his own agenda.
Patricia Doris November 16, 2012 at 11:46 PM
I appreciate your years of service, Congressman Lungren. I hope that you will get some rest and enjoy some free time now. God Bless.
Think Free November 17, 2012 at 12:55 AM
Thank you Dan for your years of service. I suggest before re entering the political arena you take some time away and ground yourself. Get away from those extremists in this country!
Alan Graham November 17, 2012 at 01:50 AM
Thank you, Congressman Lungren. Before you leave office please break with all of your nay saying Republicans and see if you can do some good for your middle class constituents rather than wealthy contributors. It's time the rich pay their proper share of taxes. Elena Graham
pocketmom November 17, 2012 at 12:55 PM
Farewell Congressman Lungren. This is one senior who will not miss your extremist attitude aimed at the middle class, women and people who are truly trying to make a difference in this world. When you sign on to be a high paid lobbyist and drawing your double down pensions hopefully you will harken back to how you got there and be better at representing the middle class rather than the 1%.
Bob B November 17, 2012 at 03:32 PM
I have had many opportunities to interact with Congressman Lungren and I have much respect for the manner in which he attended to my concerns. I wish him well in his future endeavors.
Alan Graham November 17, 2012 at 04:23 PM
To Pocketmom, I couldn't agree with you more! Congressman Lungren's attitudes are what resulted in his defeat. But we need not shed any tears for him as I'm sure he's feathered his nest quite substantially during his congressional career. If and when he becomes a lobbyist, however, you can rest assured that he will not be representing the middle class but the corporate interests who maintained him in Congress all those years.
Alan Graham November 17, 2012 at 04:41 PM
To "Scooter" I'm no fan of Congressman Lungren, but show a little class. What you wrote and the way you wrote it makes you sound like an ignorant boob. Learn to spell.
Alan Graham November 17, 2012 at 04:52 PM
Congressman Lungren, now that you will be drawing a pension from the federal government does that make you a "taker" like the famous "47%" as characterized by the unsuccessful but not lamented Mitt Romney?
Michael Pina November 19, 2012 at 12:18 PM
Mr Lungren, please take a lesson from the burgeoning electorate's changing dynamic...many women, minorities, immigrants, labor and many more were offended by your extreme views! Glad your riding off into the sunset but good luck in your Government Assisted Retirement...

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