Congressman Bonner Stepping Down

Congressman Bonner Stepping Down

Congressman Bonner Stepping Down

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MOBILE, Alabama -

It came as a shock late Thursday afternoon.

"I will be retiring from Congress on August 15th," said Congressman Jo Bonner.

U.S. Congressman Jo Bonner, who for the last 10 1/2 years has represented south Alabama, announced he's stepping down. This comes after he was re-elected for his 6th consecutive term back in November. Bonner has accepted a new position with the University of Alabama System, where he'll serve as the Vice Chancellor for Government Relations and Economic Development.

"He's been so integral to so many economic development projects that we've been working on, groundbreakings for Airbus, expansion of Austal, expansions throughout this whole area so it caught me as, what are we going to do now?," said Win Hallett, Mobile Chamber of Commerce President.

Congressman Bonner insists he wasn't looking to leave Congress.

"I was not looking for another job, I want to make sure that you understand that. In fact, when my phone rang less than a month ago about this opportunity from Dr. Whitt I was surprised as anyone could be that he was reaching out to me about creating an opportunity," said Bonner.

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