Bonner announces resignation
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. 
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.
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 reelection.