MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - River Region business leaders gave U.S. Congressman Terry Everett the spotlight Monday morning as he prepares to vacate his District 2 congressional seat.
Everett was the highlight of The Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce's final Eggs and Issues Breakfast Monday. The breakfast event lets businessmen and women from across the River Region discuss issues while enjoying a warm meal.
At the event Everett shared his accomplishments and the issues that have become the centerpiece of his time on Capitol Hill.
The congressman began his freshman year in Congress just after his initial run for the Second Congressional District. Now, 16 years later, he's preparing to clean out his desk and permanetly return to south Alabama. Though he may be miles away from Capitol Hill he's still a stickler on the big issues, "Terrorism is critical and energy problems are critical," he says.
Everett currently serves as a senior member of the House Armed Services, Intelligence, and Agriculture Committees not to mention a strong advocate for the Republican party.
He says he'll do whatever it takes for to keep the next leader of District 2 inside the party lines, I want the seat to remain Republican," he says, "I have clear terms why this Democratic majority has put a strangle hold on Republican, and we never did them that way."
Everett endorsed fellow republican Jay Love for his seat in Congress. Love faces Democrat - and Montgomery Mayor Bobby Bright in the November general electionl.
It isn't suprising why his ideals are the same when it comes to this year's landmark presidential election. Everett thinks the new playing field for the race says volumes about the American society and it's willingness for change.
"I didn't think I would ever witness the primary the democrats had," Everett remarked, "that was quite remarkable. We had a woman, and a black who ended up being in the top spot..."
It may be hard for the representative to walk away from his political playing field in District 2, but in the end he says serving in the United States Congress is the opportunity of a lifetime.