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State Sen. Jimmy Holley, R-Elba, announced in July that he will not be seeking re-election of the House District 31 seat he has held for almost six full four-year terms.
The 76-year-old said his health was a primary factor in his decision not to seek re-election in 2022. Prior to his election to the Senate in 1998, Holley had served 20 years, five terms, as the District 91 in the House as Representative of District 91.
Enterprise Mayor William E. Cooper issued the following statement after Holley's retirement announcement:
“Of course, I am happy for Jimmy. Being the family man that I know he is, Jimmy will cherish the time with his family and will make the most of his retirement.
"But I am also sad to see such a great statesman leave our state Legislature. I’ve known Jimmy for a long time. I can remember helping him put out campaign signs and supporting him in the early years when he was running for the state House of Representatives.
"He served our county well as a state representative and went on to be quite the statesman in the Alabama Senate for many years. He has done a lot for Enterprise. All we had to do was pick up the phone and we could count on him to support us where he could.
"We are grateful for his support and his leadership through the years.
"He will definitely be missed, but I wish him well in this next phase of his life."