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HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif  | Longtime California GOP congressman loses seat to executive

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif  | Longtime California GOP congressman loses seat to executive

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif.  — Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, a one-time speechwriter for President Ronald Reagan who later became Russia’s leading defender on Capitol Hill and an outspoken advocate for legalized marijuana, was defeated Saturday, a victim of California’s Democratic tilt and voters’ distaste for President Donald Trump.

Rohrabacher, 71, was beaten by real estate executive Harley Rouda, 56, a Republican-turned-Democrat who pilloried the congressman for his skepticism over climate change and depicted him as an out-of-touch abettor in Washington gridlock.

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