Congressman Alexander won't seek re-election - KALB-TV News Channel 5 & CBS 2

Congressman Alexander won't seek re-election

© U.S. Rep  Rodney Alexander, R-La. © U.S. Rep Rodney Alexander, R-La.

MONROE, La. (KALB News Channel  5) –The congressman Rodney Alexander won't seek re-election next year.

That's what Alexander told Monroe newspaper The News-Star in an interview on Tuesday. Alexander has served six-terms in the Fifth District.

"I've represented the best people in the world; it's been a privilege and I've enjoyed it," said Alexander, 66. "But I never wanted to be in Washington all my life."

He changed parities in 2004. Alexander won his first term, as a Democrat with fewer than 1,000 votes in 2002.

Many of his colleagues say he will be missed, but they are grateful to have had the chance to work with him.

"We are grateful for Congressman Alexander's dedicated service to the people of Louisiana. His leadership and conservative voice will be missed in Congress. We are confident that the people of the Fifth District will send another conservative to represent them in Washington and we will work hard to make that happen," said Louisiana GOP Executive Director Jason Doré.

"Rep. Alexander has been an incredibly valuable member of our delegation, and one of the few willing to reach across the aisle. He refused to let the partisanship that has poisoned Washington deter him from doing what was best for his constituents and our state. I will miss serving with him," said U.S. Senator Mary L. Landrieu, D-La.

 When asked if he would run again, he said, "Everything is on the table".  

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