Huntsville’s Mac McCutcheon selected to be next Speaker of the Alabama House

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Rep. Mac McCutcheon

MONTGOMERY, Ala. —  Alabama Rep. Mac McCutcheon, R-Huntsville, won a vote Tuesday from the Republican House Caucus to become the next Alabama Speaker of the House.

A speaker cannot be formally elected until the Alabama Legislature convenes Aug. 15 for a special session, but Republicans hold 70 of 103 House seats, making his election a near-certainty. The caucus meeting began Tuesday morning and McCutcheon’s selection was announced shortly before 3 p.m.

“I’m humbled by the faith and confidence that my fellow Republicans have placed in me, and, if elected as Speaker, I pledge to preside in a manner that treats all members of both parties in a fair and honorable manner,” McCutcheon said in a news release.  “Our state faces many challenges ranging from education to ethics to ensuring adequate funding for even the most basic government services, and finding needed solutions will require all of us to work together.”

McCutcheon will succeed Mike Hubbard as speaker. Hubbard was convicted in June on multiple counts of using his office for personal gain. He was sentenced to four years in prison.

McCutcheon was first elected to the House in 2006. He has served as chairman of the powerful House Rules Committee.

A veteran of the U.S. Army, McCutcheon served with the Huntsville Police Department for 25 years. His work included serving as a hostage negotiator and an investigator with the Major Crimes Unit.

McCutcheon and his wife, Debbie, have two children.

Correction: Updated to correct election date for speakership.