2013-05-22 / Front Page

Congressman Bonner to resign

Announcement expected today

Congressman Jo Bonner of the First Congressional District will resign his seat in the U.S. House of Representatives and take a position with the University of Alabama al.com has just reported. Bonner's office has just sent out a news release saying he will make a "major announcement" at 4 p.m. today at his office in Mobile.

Bonner, a native of Wilcox County, served as chief of staff for Congressman Sonny Callahan. He ran for the office and won when Callahan retired in 2003 and has held it since. He was just reelected in November.

Bonner has scheduled a “major announcement” for 4 p.m.today at his office in Mobile.

The website al.com said Bonner will leave office Aug. 15 for a position as vice chancellor of government relations and economic development at the University of Alabama System, according to friends. His sister, Judy Bonner, was named president of UA’s Tuscaloosa campus last fall. Bonner is the younger brother of Judy Bonner, who was named president of the university in Tuscaloosa last fall.

Gov. Robert Bentley will call an election to fill the seat after Bonner resigns. 

The First Congressional District includes counties in Southwest Alabama, including a part of Clarke County. 

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