Bonner Gears Up For Final Week In Congress

Bonner Gears Up For Final Week In Congress

Posted: Updated:
Mobile, AL -

Congressman Jo Bonner is retiring from Congress—he's making it official as of next Friday night. He was in Mobile today saying goodbye to folks on the Alabama Travel Council, with whom he worked-- serving as co-chair on the Congressional House Travel and Tourism Caucus.

An emotional roller coaster is how congressman Jo Bonner describes his decade-long career.

He's just seven days away to stepping down from his congressional seat.

"And I've worked my heart out during some pretty challenging times like Hurricane Ivan and Hurricane Katrina, the oil spill, but we've had some great successes too. The Airbus announcement last year, the groundbreaking earlier this year. The Thyssenkrupp announcement," says Bonner.

Bonner has had a busy week gearing up for his last few days in congress. He recently sat in on a congressional hearing to discuss the Navy's Littoral Combat Ship, which, in light of sequestration, has come under fire for its capabilities, use and cost.

"So we had the Navy there and we had the chance to ask some pretty good questions."

They also passed the defense appropriations bill, which budgets another four ships—two of which are for Mobile. But another daunting task still awaits him—cleaning his desk.

"It's not only the last ten years of being in Congress, but also 18 years before that as a staffer, so I've got a lot of memorabilia. Or as my wife puts it, junk."

And while he will not be publicly endorsing any of the nine people vying for his soon-to-be vacant seat in congress, he is looking forward to the special election—and for more than one reason.

"My daughter will be voting for the first time. One of the candidates actually asked her if she would vote for him, she said "I've got to look at all the candidates first" so that's a pretty good voter out there."

As his time in Congress winds down, Bonner says there's one emotion that is overwhelming.

"I will never be able to adequately express how grateful I am. My heart is full of gratitude and humility that they gave me that they gave me this opportunity to work for them."

Governor Robert Bentley is the one who will set a date for the special election to replace Bonner, he will be able to do that after next Friday. Just today, though, he announced the qualifying period--which will be August 3rd through 5th.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • USA Police Investigating Allegations of Sexual Assault On Campus

    USA Police Investigating Allegations of Sexual Assault On Campus

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 4:27 PM EDT2014-04-23 20:27:27 GMT
    Police at the University of South Alabama received information that a female student was allegedly the victim of a sexual assault Wednesday morning.
    Police at the University of South Alabama received information that a female student was allegedly the victim of a sexual assault Wednesday morning.
  • Driver Licenses Delays

    Driver Licenses Delays

    Monday, April 21 2014 12:43 PM EDT2014-04-21 16:43:22 GMT
    Alabamians won't be able to get or renew driver licenses for a few days in late April. The Alabama Department of Public Safety says it has to convert a database to comply with federal regulations.
    Alabamians won't be able to get or renew driver licenses for a few days in late April. The Alabama Department of Public Safety says it has to convert a database to comply with federal regulations.
  • Spike in "Spice" Leads to Deaths, Illnesses

    Spike in "Spice" Leads to Deaths, Illnesses

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 6:58 PM EDT2014-04-22 22:58:46 GMT
    Mobile police are investigating two deaths and an unusual increase in illnesses from using synthetic marijuana, also known as "Spice."
    Mobile police are investigating two deaths and an unusual increase in illnesses from using synthetic marijuana, also known as "Spice."
Powered by WorldNow

555 Broadcast Dr,
Mobile AL 36606

Telephone: 251.479.5555
Fax: 251.473.8130
Email: news5@wkrg.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.