MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Alabama Speaker of the House Mac McCutcheon announced Monday that he will not be seeking reelection to the Alabama House of Representatives in 2022.
McCutcheon said his sole reason for leaving the Alabama house after four terms is to spend more time with his family and to travel with his wife Deb.
“It’s been an honor and a privilege to represent the people of District 25 in the House and the citizens of the State of Alabama as speaker, but after four terms it’s time to go home,” McCutcheon said in a release from his office.
McCutcheon was first elected to the Alabama House in 2006, during his tenure he served as chairman of the House Rules Committee between 2012 -2016 until he was elected speaker. He was reelected speaker in 2019.
“Mac McCutcheon returned stability to the Speaker’s Office following a period of intense controversy and scrutiny, and he led the House with both fairness and an overriding sense of integrity,” said House Majority Leader Nathaniel Ledbetter (R-Rainsville). “Combining a firm hand with a kind heart, he worked to ensure that the voices of all members – regardless of rank or party affiliation – were given the opportunity to be heard.”
“History will judge that Mac McCutcheon served his state and its citizens both well and faithfully, which is the greatest legacy a public servant can leave behind,” Ledbetter concluded.
McCutcheon will continue to serve as speaker until January 2023 when a new speaker will be elected.
The full release from Speaker McCutcheon‘s Office can be read below:
Speaker of the House Mac McCutcheon announced today that he will not seek reelection to the Alabama House of Representatives in 2022.
“It’s been an honor and a privilege to represent the people of District 25 in the House and the citizens of the State of Alabama as speaker, but after four terms it’s time to go home,” he said.
McCutcheon said his sole reason for ending his political career is to spend more time with his family and do some traveling with his wife Deb.
“My health is good, and the time is right to step down.”
McCutcheon was first elected to the House in 2006. He served as chairman of the House Rules Committee from November 2012 until August 2016 when he was elected speaker.
He was reelected speaker in 2019.
McCutcheon became speaker at a time when the public’s confidence in state government had been shaken by the expulsion of the previous speaker and the impeachment of the governor.
“It was a difficult time to say the least,” he said. “With prayer, strong leadership, and a positive spirit we made it.”
McCutcheon points to improved taxpayer accountability, better job opportunities, infrastructure improvements, balanced state budgets, and a pro-business environment among his accomplishments.
However, he said working with all members of the House is what he’s proudest of.
“I have nothing but respect and admiration for every member of the House,” McCutcheon said. “We’ve had our political disagreements, but it was never personal, and I will treasure my days in the House for the rest of my life.”
McCutcheon will remain speaker until the organizational session of the House in January 2023 when a new speaker will be elected.