Rep. Martha Roby, Republican congresswoman for Alabama’s 2nd congressional district, announced Friday that she won’t be seeking office for a sixth term.
Roby was first elected in 2010 and has served five terms representing Alabama’s 2nd District.
“Riley and I, and our children, Margaret and George, will be forever grateful to the people of Alabama’s Second District for giving us the tremendous privilege and honor of serving our state and country,” Roby said in a statement Friday. “Throughout my five terms in Congress, I have cast every vote with the guiding principle that Alabama always comes first.
Alabama Sen. Richard Shelby shared praise of Roby on Twitter shortly following the announcement.
“Martha Roby has done a great job representing AL’s 2nd Congressional district over the last 8 years,” Shelby tweeted. “She began as an intern in my office & went on to be instrumental in helping our veterans, bringing the F-35 to Montgomery, & many other significant wins. I wish her all the best.”
Gov. Kay Ivey also tweeted out support for Roby.
“Rep. Roby is an outstanding leader, a strong voice for (Alabama), a trailblazer for women and a terrific mother,” Ivey tweeted. “During her five terms in Congress, she’s fiercely advocated for (Alabama) and our nation. I have the utmost respect for (Roby) and thank her for her exceptional service.”