Bloomberg by the Numbers: 212

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Rep. Jerry Lewis walks to work with his Bichon Frise and Poodle mix, Bruin, who is named after the UCLA mascot.

That’s how many fewer total years that California’s incoming 53-member House delegation has served in the chamber as compared with January 2011.

The 53 California House members who will take office Jan. 3, when the 113th Congress begins, will have 536.5 years of House service among them, down from the 748.8 years of the 53 members at the start of the 112th Congress in January 2011, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

Fourteen California members will begin their House service on Jan. 3, including 11 Democrats and three Republicans. The other 39 won new terms on Nov. 6.

Departing members include Republicans Jerry Lewis, a former Appropriations Committee chairman leaving after 17 terms, and David Dreier, the outgoing Rules Committee chairman, who’s retiring after 16 terms. Republicans Wally Herger and Elton Gallegly are retiring after 13 terms.

Howard Berman, the top-ranking Democrat on the Foreign Affairs Committee, lost his bid for a 16th term on Nov. 6 to Democrat Representative Brad Sherman, who won a ninth term. Representative Pete Stark, a 20-term Democrat, was unseated by Eric Swalwell, also a Democrat.

Members of the same party could run against one another in the Nov. 6 election, after California voters in June 2010 approved a ‘top two’ primary election system under which the top two overall vote-getters in the primary advance to the general election, regardless of party affiliation.

The many election defeats and retirements also came after California shifted responsibility for redrawing congressional districts to an independent commission from the state legislature. The commission’s map made substantial revisions to a map the legislature drew in 2001 to protect incumbents of both parties.

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