Published: May 24, 2013 4:56 PM EDT

LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Former U.S. Rep. Mary Bono Mack and U.S. Rep Connie Mack released the following statement this afternoon:

“We are saddened to announce that we have reached the difficult decision to end our marriage. We have nothing but respect and admiration for each other and we intend to remain on the friendliest of terms. We appreciate the love and support of our family and friends.