MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Republicans on Thursday selected Alabama state Rep. Nathaniel Ledbetter of Rainsville to be the next speaker of the House of Representatives.
Republicans elected the DeKalb County lawmaker as their nominee. House members will officially elect a new speaker at the January organizational session. Caucus support essentially assures Ledbetter of the position since Republicans hold 77 of the 105 House seats.
He will replace House Speaker Mac McCutcheon who did not run for re-election. Ledbetter was elected to the Alabama Legislature in 2014. He served as the GOP majority leader. He is the former mayor of Rainsville.
“The members of the House Republican Caucus are a talented group of men and women who support the conservative principles and traditional values that most Alabamians share, and I am honored beyond measure to be chosen as their nominee for Speaker of the House,” Ledbetter said in a news release.
“If elected Speaker, I will work hard to preside fairly and ensure that all voices have an opportunity to be heard in the committee rooms and chamber of the Alabama House.”
The caucus nominated Rep. Chris Pringle of Mobile for speaker pro tem nominee. Republicans picked Rep. Scott Stadthagen of Decatur as majority leader.
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