Sen. Doug Jones weighs in on Rep. Roby's retirement, DNI shake-up

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WASHINGTON (Gray DC) -- Democratic Alabama Senator Doug Jones offers his take on Alabama GOP Rep. Martha Roby deciding against seeking another House term in 2020.

Sen. Doug Jones (D-AL) sits down with Washington Correspondent Alana Austin about Congresswoman Martha Roby's retirement from the U.S. House and the shake-up with the Director of National Intelligence post. (Source: GrayDC)

"I'm very fond of Martha. I sent her a text message congratulating her on her retirement," said Jones. "She's done a wonderful service to the people of Alabama and a job as a member of Congress. I think she'll be missed."

Roby announced the news in a press statement on Friday. A news release stated she's grateful to the people of Alabama’s Second District and during her time in office they have delivered “incredible results for our military, veterans, agriculture community and the unborn.”

Jones also discussed other developments that broke over the weekend, offering his stance on the new nomination pick for Director of National Intelligence as Dan Coats is exiting from his post.

Over the weekend, the President announced Texas GOP Congressman John Ratcliffe would be his new pick. Jones says he's considering the pick but has some concerns about this selection based on initial reports.

"I think that this position is going to be very, very important. Whoever replaces Dan Coats has got very big shoes to fill," said Jones.

Ratcliffe will be up for a U.S. Senate majority-confirmation vote, likely after the August Congressional recess.

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