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Bonner announces resignation

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May 23, 2013

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By Sarah Rosier

WASHINGTON, D.C.: On May 23, Alabama's 1st Congressional District representative, Jo Bonner (R), announced that he will be resigning from Congress in August 2013. He has accepted a position as vice chancellor of government and economic development at the University of Alabama.[1][2]

Bonner was first elected to the seat in 2002. Formerly the chairman of the House Ethics Committee, Bonner oversaw the ethics hearing of Rep. Charlie Rangel. He is currently a member of the House Appropriations Committee for the 113th Congress.[3]

Bonner is the first member of the United States House of Representatives to resign in 2013. A special election date to fill his seat has not yet been determined. Alabama's 1st District gave Romney over 60% of the vote in the 2012 election, with Bonner running unopposed for re-election.[1]

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