Royce gets colleagues' support for leadership race on House Foreign Affairs panel

Royce is running against Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.), the chairman of the committee's subpanel on Africa, Global Health and Human Rights.

The letter was signed by Reps. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.), Steve Chabot (R-Ohio), Renee Ellmers (R-N.C.), Tim GriffinJohn (Tim) Timothy GriffinFlynn discloses lobbying that may have helped Turkey Tea Party class reassesses record Huckabee's daughter to run '16 campaign MORE (R-Ariz.), Michael McCaul (R-Texas), Gus Bilirakis (R-Fla.), Joe WilsonAddison (Joe) Graves WilsonTrump called for unity — he didn’t even last a week Dem: Trump ‘dragged this country deep into the mud of autocracy and dictatorship’ with ‘treason’ comment Pelosi: Pundits will say Trump did well 'if his nose isn’t running and he isn’t burping' MORE (R-S.C.), Tom Marino (R-Pa.), Bill Johnson (R-Ohio) and Ted PoeLloyd (Ted) Theodore PoeWater has experienced a decade of bipartisan success Way to go, Ted Poe Congress thinks big to tackle a defining crisis of our times MORE (R-Texas). Ros-Lehtinen endorsed Royce earlier.

Three other Republicans who will be returning next year did not sign on: Reps. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.), Jeff FortenberryJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FortenberryKeep wildlife off Endangered List with proactive conservation funding GOP lawmakers help people injured in train crash We vowed to help persecuted religious minorities — it’s time to act MORE (R-Neb.) and Mike Kelly (R-Pa.).