Aug 7, 2013 10:38 AM by Ian Auzenne
Louisiana Congressman Rodney Alexander says he will not run for reelection next year.
The Quitman Republican, who represents the Fifth Congressional District, says Congressional bickering and gridlock are the reasons he's leaving Washington.
"Rather than producing tangible solutions to better this nation, partisan posturing has created a legislative standstill," Alexander said in a statement.
"Unfortunately, I do not foresee this environment to change anytime soon."
Praise for Alexander has come from both sides of the aisle in light of this announcement.
The Louisiana Democratic Party released a statement saying, "While we did not always share Rep. Alexander's views, he was one of a very few Congressional Republicans willing to put aside partisan posturing in order to craft solutions for the American People."
"Rep. Alexander stated in his announcement that he was retiring 'so that another may put forth ideas on how to break through the gridlock and bring about positive change for our country.' We agree."
Rep. Charles Boustany, R-Lafayette, said, "Through his distinguished career of public service in the Louisiana legislature as well as his time in Congress, Rodney has served with honor and distinction.
"He has provided a voice of reason always focused on results."
Alexander's district includes the eastern portion of St. Landry Parish, including Opelousas, Port Barre, Leonville, Arnaudville, and Krotz Springs.