Alabama state rep. Oliver Robinson announces retirement

Rep. Oliver Robinson, D-Birmingham, discusses a bill that would prevent legislators from hiding money for special projects in state agencies, a process known as "pass through pork", Tuesday March 27, 2007, in Montgomery, Ala. The House voted 103-0 to approve the bill. (AP Photo/Rob Carr)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — A Jefferson County legislator is stepping down.

Alabama state rep. Oliver Robinson has announced he is retiring, effective today.

He says his reason for retiring is because his daughter was chosen to be the governor’s liaison to the House of Representatives–the first female, as well as first African American female–to hold this position in the state’s history.. He added that he didn’t want his daughter’s job to be a conflict of interest, her responsibility will be to ascertain all votes on the House floor, explaining “we can easily see in this highly-ethical and conflict-of-interest environment where I could cause her problems in her job. This is why I am retiring now to give my child every opportunity to succeed.”

He said in a press release, his retirement from politics is permanent and he plans to focus on the children where he used to live in Gate City and Harris Homes.

Robinson served in House District 58 for 18 years.

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