After 18 years of service, Alabama state Rep. Oliver Robinson is saying farewell to the Alabama House of Representatives to allow his daughter Amanda to accept a job with Governor Robert Bentley‘s office, effective immediately.
The Birmingham Democrat said his daughter will serve as Bentley’s liaison to the Alabama House and he wants to avoid any conflict of interest or ethical conflicts.
“My reason for retiring is simply because of a wonderful opportunity provided to my daughter to become the Governor’s Liaison to the House of Representatives,” Robinson said in a statement. “She is the first female as well as the first African-American female to hold this position in Alabama’s history.”
“With the responsibilities to ascertain all votes on the House floor, we can easily see in this highly-ethical and conflict-of-interest environment where I could cause her problems in her job. This is why I am retiring now to give my child every opportunity to succeed,” he continued.
Robinson has represented House District 58 since 1998 and said his retirement from politics is permanent. He will now shift his focus on the children in the areas where he once lived, Gate City and Harris Homes.