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December 20, 2014

Jo Bonner to Resign From Congress Soon (Updated) #AL01

Jo Bonner to Resign From Congress Soon (Updated) #AL01

A local newspaper reported Bonner will resign soon. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 3:57 p.m. | Rep. Jo Bonner, R-Ala., will resign from Congress later this year to take a job at the University of Alabama, CQ Roll Call has confirmed.

Sen. Richard C. Shelby, R-Ala., told reporters about Bonner’s imminent departure. Bonner sent a personal note to Shelby a few hours ago explaining the move. He will take on the newly created position of vice chancellor of government relations and economic development.

Asked if “government relations” sounded like Bonner would be lobbying senior appropriator from Alabama, Shelby demurred.

“I wish him well,” Shelby said. “You all are good. You all are smart.”

Bonner’s sister, Judy Bonner, is president of the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa.

Bonner is expected to make the announcement at a 5 p.m. news conference in Mobile, Ala.

Alabama election law does not have a time limit for when a special election to fill a congressional vacancy must be called.

“It just says in our Alabama code … that all special elections should be held on such date as the governor directs,” said Emily Thompson, Alabama’s deputy secretary of state.

The Mobile Press-Register first reported the news of Bonner’s imminent resignation and his future plans.

Alabama political consultants mentioned three potential Republican candidates who are likely to run in the special election to fill Bonner’s 1st District seat. They are:

  • State Sen. Tripp Pittman
  • First-term state Sen. Bill Hightower
  • Former state Sen. Bradley Byrne, a lawyer who lost a Republican gubernatorial primary bid in 2010

A House Democratic aide confirmed they have no plans to compete in this district, where President Barack Obama received 37 percent.

  • GoldBeachBiker

    There appears to be no end in sight that Roll Call will go to help the Democrat party.

    • Ryan

      How exactly is reporting the resignation of a member of Congress, as well as said resignation’s purpose, assisting either party?

  • CVBeethoven

    So. The President of the University creates a Vice Chacellorship and appoints her brother to it? Nepotism? I wonder if he had the most merit for the position, or if they even went through a proper selection process?

  • chuckie2u

    Just goes to show how party members get plush jobs.

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