Rep. Jo Bonner resigning to take Ala. college post

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Associated Press

Posted on May 23, 2013 at 6:06 PM

Updated Thursday, May 23 at 8:05 PM

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Jo Bonner says he is resigning from Congress effective in August to take a post with the University of Alabama system.

Bonner, a six-term Alabama Republican and a member of the House Appropriations Committee, announced his resignation Thursday afternoon. He represents a southwestern Alabama district that includes Mobile.

In the letter to fellow lawmakers, the 53-year-old Bonner said he will resign from Congress to become vice chancellor of government relations and economic development at the University of Alabama System. He holds undergraduate and law degrees from the university.

His sister, Judy Bonner, is president of the University of Alabama-Tuscaloosa — one of the three campuses in the system.

It will be up to Republican Gov. Robert Bentley to call a special election to fill Bonner's seat.

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