Retiring Congressman

Neither will Congressman Terry Everett of Rehobeth, who has 16
years under his belt as Alabama's second-longest-serving House
member.

Their retirements open a new era for the state's congressional
delegation, which will see its clout dip after losing two of its
most influential congressmen and nearly 35 years of combined
experience.

The new delegation has just two House members with more than a
decade of experience; the remaining five have six years or less.

Cramer and Everett will be replaced by two Democrats: Parker
Griffith, a former state senator from Huntsville, and Bobby Bright,
the outgoing Montgomery mayor.

Cramer, a Democrat and Everett, a Republican, said they don't
regret their decisions to retire.


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