Alabama Representative Jo Bonner (R - District 1) is planning to resign from his seat in the U.S. Congress. Rep. Bonner, a Republican representing District 1 along Alabama's Gulf Coast, has served since 2003. He was recently re-elected without opposition from a Democrat.
Bonner explained in a letter that his resignation would become effective in August and was being tendered so he could become Vice Chancellor of Government Relations and Economic Development at the University of Alabama System.
"Jo's extensive government experience and outstanding economic development record make him ideally suited for this important new position," Dr. Robert Witt, Chancellor of The University of Alabama System said.
Bonner's sister, Judy Bonner, is the president of the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa, one of the system's three campuses.
"Jo Bonner has been a dear friend and mentor to me since I first came to Congress," Rep. Martha Roby (R - District 2) I have deeply appreciated and valued his discerning, deliberate and consistent leadership from day one. Though I will miss him as a member of Alabama's congressional delegation, I'm proud and happy for Jo and his family as they begin this new chapter of their lives.
"Jo is one of the most talented and hard-working members of Congress," said Senator Jeff Sessions. "I have deeply valued the opinions and insights of ‘my' Congressman. He knows his district like the palm of his hand and personally knows an incredible number of constituents. He has served with wisdom, courage, and dedication, consistently supporting the highest Alabama values."
Alabama GOP Chairman Bill Armistead said in a statement that Rep. Bonner served his constituents well. "Congressman Bonner has been a solid pro-life Congressman, rated 100% by National Right to Life (NRLC). He has also stood up to President Obama on many occasions, including his staunch opposition to Obamacare. I would like to wish him the best as he undertakes his new position with the University of Alabama System," Armistead said.
There's no word at this point on who would possibly replace Bonner, but Armistead says he's confident the GOP and voters will find someone who, "can fight to advance conservative principles that will strengthen the economy and create jobs."
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