Spencer Bachus bows out

FILE - In this June 19, 2012 file photo, Rep. Spencer Bachus, R-Ala. speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Bachus says he won't seek re-election after his current term. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Long-time Congressman Spencer Bachus says this term is his last.  The Republican says he will not be seeking re-election when his current term ends. Bachus represents Alabama’s 6th District in the U.S. House of Representatives.  He was first elected to the House in 1992, making him the first Republican from Alabama to chair a House committee since 1873.

Bachus currently serves as Chairman Emeritus of the House Financial Services Committee and Chairman of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law.  Recently, Bachus, along with Democratic Rep. Terri Sewell, was instrumental in getting the Congressional Gold Medal posthumously awarded to the four victims of the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing.

On his leaving the House, Rep. Bachus says “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.”

Bachus’ current term ends December 2014.


We’ll have more on this story tonight on CBS 42 News.


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