Alabama State Senator Bill Holtzclaw to end 2018 campaign for U.S. Congress

Bill Holtzclaw, Alabama State Senator, said Thursday that he has decided to end his campaign for U.S. Congress. Senator Holtzclaw has represented portions of Madison and Limestone counties in the state legislature since 2010.

Holtzclaw originally announced his bid for Congress in August with these words: “As someone who has worn the uniform, as someone who has been in harms way in defense of our nation, I’m here to tell you: you send me to Washington and the men and women in uniform are going to have another champion in Congress.”

Now, Holtzclaw says he is going to focus on his current term in Alabama State Senate and focus on his family. His term ends in November.

Thursday, Holtzclaw released the following statement on his decision:

“After much consideration I have decided to end my campaign for US Congress in the 5th Congressional District.

“Two weeks ago, I began my final legislative session as the State Senator for District 2. At times it has been “rough and tumble” but in the end it has been a rewarding 8 years serving as a member of the Alabama State Senate. I’m proud to have championed legislation for small businesses, veterans’ affairs and to combat driving under the influence, along with numerous issues that constituents brought to my attention. I am proud of the passage of such bills and the positive changes they have brought to the lives of everyday Alabamians.

“Thus after serving my country for 20 years as a US Marine, my state for 8 years as the Senator for AL District 2, and my city for 2 years as a Madison City Councilman, I am ready to return to the private sector. I am thankful to have had a good run and fought the good fight over 3 decades of public service. I will continue to serve in my role as a State Senator through the end of my term in November of this year. I look forward to spending more time with my family (including my second grandchild born over the holidays), working, and volunteering in my community.

“Finally, I want to extend my thanks to the many supporters for the early efforts in helping with this campaign. I am honored by the support and financial contributions we have received and will be returning contributions in the coming weeks. Thank you for believing in me and providing me the opportunity to represent you in Montgomery since 2010. I encourage everyone to stay informed and engaged with government; from your School Board, City Council all the way to the Oval Office. Your voice matters and communicating with your elected officials is necessary for them to effectively advocate on your behalf.”