Rep. Spencer Bachus (R-AL), the senior member of the Alabama delegation, announced that he will not seek re-election in 2014. He has been a member of the U.S. House for 11 terms after first being elected in 1992. Rep. Bachus released a statement on his decision to not run again.
"It has been the greatest privilege imaginable to serve as the representative of the people of Alabama in the United States House of Representatives. It is an honor that I never dreamed could have been possible for me and the words ‘thank you’ are far from adequate. But as Ecclesiastes 3 says, 'to everything there is a season' and I feel in my heart that now is the time for me to announce this decision and allow others to have the opportunity to serve.
This was a family decision, because my wife Linda, our five children, and our seven grandchildren have always been my biggest source of support, strength, and joy. Since I will continue to be the representative for the Sixth District until the end of my term, I do not consider today a ‘goodbye.’ There is much important work that remains to be done and what I would like to see above anything else before I leave is a spending reduction plan that will put the federal government on a sensible and sustainable financial path going forward."
Rep. Bachus was the chairman of House Financial Services Committee during his last term and he became the first Republican from Alabama to chair a House committee since 1873 and the first Alabamian to chair what was historically known as the Banking Committee since Rep. Henry Bascom Steagall in 1931.