Rep. Greg Wren, who has represented eastern Montgomery in the Alabama House of Representatives for 16 of the last 20 years, announced Thursday he would not seek re-election this November.
In a statement, Wren, a Republican, did not give a specific reason for his decision, but thanked the voters of the 75th District “for giving me the honor to serve.”
“Humbled by the trust and confidence placed in me by the voters over eight primary and general elections during my sixteen year career, I stand and offer my hands and heart of gratitude for the blessings of serving my constituents and the State of Alabama,” Wren said in the statement.
Attempts to reach Wren for comment Thursday were unsuccessful.
Wren’s decision likely leaves the field open for Montgomery County Commissioner Reed Ingram, who announced late last year that he would challenge Wren for his seat in the GOP primary. Ingram, owner of Reeed Ingram Motors on Eastern Boulevard, told the Advertiser last November that he felt he “could do a better job” for the district.
“We entered this race to win it and we are going to continue to run an aggressive campaign,” Ingram said in a statement Thursday.
In a campaign finance report filed last week, Ingram reported $10,356 on hand through Dec. 31. Wren reported $15,216 on hand on Dec. 31, and had received donations through Dec. 27.
Wren, an insurance agent by trade, serves as vice-chair of the House Insurance Committee, and also has a seat on the House Ways and Means General Fund committee. He has also held several positions with the National Conference of State Legislatures. Wren also chaired joint committees dealing with energy policy and Medicaid.
The outgoing representative said in November that he would focus his attention in the upcoming legislative session on the state’s troubled General Fund budget, which faces a potential shortfall in the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1. He reiterated that commitment in his statement, but praised fellow Republicans for cuts, consolidations and debt repayments they had made since taking power in 2010.
“The hard-fought reforms enacted during the last three years have built a more stable foundation of fiscal transparency and accountability, yet work remains as our citizens are increasingly returning to new jobs across the state,” the statement said.
Currently a boot-shaped district with its heel in Montgomery County and a shaft in Elmore County, House District 75 will be re-centered around Pike Road for the June 2014 primary, due to redistricting. Much of the new territory will come from House District 76, currently represented by Rep. Thad McClammy, D-Montgomery.
Besides Wren, Sen. Bryan Taylor, R-Prattville, has announced that he will not seek re-election this November. Rep. Dimitri Polizos, R-Montgomery, won a special election in November to succeed former Rep. Jay Love, R-Montgomery, who stepped down in August to take a position with the Business Education Alliance, an education group affiliated with the Business Council of Alabama.
– posted by Brian Lyman