State Senator Hinton Mitchem, a veteran of more than 30 years in the Alabama Legislature, won’t seek re-election this year. Hinton, who served two years as Senate President Pro-tem, has been a very good legislator. He was most effective and represented his people well. In making his announcement, Hinton said through a written statement:
I have carefully weighed the choice before me; to continue to work and provide senior leadership to a district that has come to count on that, or to devote time to my family who have always supported my public service, but who have made numerous sacrifices as they yielded to the constraints and endless schedules of an elected official. I have decided that I will not run for re-election this year. I have had a long and productive career and am satisfied that I have served the citizens of my district well.
Hinton served in the Alabama House of Representatives in 1974-78 and the Senate in 1978-86. He lost a bid for Lieutenant Governor in 1986, but returned to the Senate in a special election in 1987. The University of Georgia graduate has served there ever since. He was elected President Pro-Tem in January 2007 and held the post until February 2009, when Senator Rodger Smitherman succeeded him. Hinton, who earned the respect of his peers over the years, will be missed in the Senate.
Source: Birmingham News
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