"This afternoon I submitted my resignation from the Office of Attorney General of Alabama, and I received from President Bush a recess appointment to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. This moment is bittersweet.
For more than seven years, I have loved the demanding privilege of leading the law firm of the people of Alabama. With their support and by God's grace, we have accomplished much in promoting the rule of law, which protects our freedom. I will miss the tremendous challenges of this office, but I am confident that Governor Bob Riley will choose an able leader to serve for the remainder of this term of office. From my perspective of working with him for the past year, Governor Riley is a person I admire and respect.
I will miss, most of all, working with the dedicated public servants who are employed by the office of the Attorney General. They serve the cause of justice, without fear or favoritism. I am grateful for their service.
I am grateful for the opportunity President Bush has afforded me to serve our Nation by supporting and defending the Constitution of the United States.
May God bless America and the great State of Alabama.