In the meantime, like his office assignment, his short-term plans are also bringing him full circle.
“Every 24 years I leave Congress and Notre Dame wins the national championship,” Lungren said. “After I realized I lost, I went to the L.A. Coliseum, as I did in 1988, and watched Notre Dame beat [the University of Southern California]. Then, in 1988, I went to the Fiesta Bowl and watched Notre Dame win the national championship. Now I have travel arrangements to Miami for the Orange Bowl. I have everything but the tickets to the game!
“I don’t know if I have another 24 years left in me, but I intend to remain active on the issues about which I have a passion,” he continued. “And I will defend the House and the Congress. And maybe I can more freely do that now.”