The Washington Times - September 30, 2013, 09:16AM

Rep. Spencer Bachus of Alabama is calling it quits next year at the end of his current term in Congress.

First elected to the House in 1992, Mr. Bachus, a Republican, said that it has been the “greatest privilege imaginable to serve as the representative of the people of Alabama in the United States House of Representatives.”

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“It is an honor that I never dreamed could have been possible for me, and the words ‘thank you’ are far from adequate,” he said. “But as Ecclesiastes 3 says, ‘To everything there is a season,’ and I feel in my heart that now is the time for me to announce this decision and allow others to have the opportunity to serve.”

Mr. Bachus is the senior member of the state’s congressional delegation.

He said that he would spending the rest of his time on Capitol Hill working to hash out a spending reduction plan that will put the federal government on a “sustainable financial path going forward.”

Rep. Robert Aderholt, a fellow Alabama Republican, responded to the Bachus announcement by calling him a “gracious person who cares deeply about Alabama and has served his district well.”

“Spencer chaired the Financial Services Committee during a time of shaky markets with a steady hand. He and his wife Linda will be missed by the entire delegation,” Mr. Aderholt said in a statement.