Alabama Chamber Association Commends Jo Bonner
The Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama recently presented a commendation to former U.S. Representative Jo Bonner for distinguished service in the United States House of Representatives.
First elected to Congress by the people of the Alabama’s First District in 2002, Bonner was reelected in 2012 to a sixth term representing the state’s fast-growing Gulf Coast region.
“Jo has been a true leader for Alabama. He has worked tirelessly to represent the interests of the First District and the entire State of Alabama,” remarked Ronnie Acker, President of the Bessemer Area Chamber of Commerce, and current Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama.
Bonner’s commendation noted his coordination with local and state leaders to proactively attract new industries to Alabama. The recognition included praise for Bonner’s terms on the powerful House Appropriations Committee where he developed a reputation of eliminating wasteful and questionable spending, personally prohibiting congressional earmark requests from private, non-public entities, while instituting practices of increased transparency in the earmarking process.
Bonner recently retired from the U.S. House to accept a position as Vice Chancellor for Government Relations and Economic Development for the University of Alabama System.
“While we are sad to see Congressman Bonner leave Washington, D.C., we are eager to join with him in his new endeavor with the University of Alabama System. The commendation from our organization serves as a sincere thank you for his years of public service,” said Jeremy L. Arthur, president and CEO, Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama.