Rep. Royce selected as new chairman of House Foreign Affairs committee

Royce said that the Foreign Affairs Committee would push for "a full accounting" of the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that resulted in four American personnel dead.

"The story of Benghazi is only just beginning to be recorded. The committee will do its job to ensure there is a full accounting of all that happened within the administration," Royce said in a statement. "Al Qaeda and its affiliates have their sights on our diplomatic posts worldwide. This is a key national security issue."

The Republican congressman from California also said the committee would focus on economic issues.

"We are only as strong abroad as we are at home," Royce added. "The committee will focus on expanding economic opportunities for Americans overseas. That includes reforming our too bureaucratic export control system."

About two weeks earlier Royce announced that he had been endorsed by 11 of 14 Republicans on the committee: 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-Ark.), 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), 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) and Ros-Lehtinen.

Three Republicans returning to the committee in the next Congress did not endorse Royce: 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.).