The Alabama House of Representatives’ Next Speaker Is Rainsville Native Nathaniel Ledbetter!
- The 77 members of the Alabama House Republican Caucus met Thursday night after the election, and they voted to nominate State Representative Nathaniel Ledbetter, R-Rainsville, for Speaker of the House.
- Thursday, Republican members of the Alabama House of Representatives elected Nathaniel Ledbetter, R-Rainsville, to serve as the chamber’s next speaker.
- Former Rainsville mayor and current House Speaker Ledbetter succeed retiring Republican from Monrovia Mac McCutcheon.
- Since November 2014, Ledbetter has represented District 24 in the House of Representatives. He has been the House Majority Leader since 2017.
- Like his predecessor before him, Ledbetter lost a House contest as a Democrat in 2010 but then won the next election after switching parties.
- Ledbetter has been a member of the House of Representatives since 2014, and he enjoys a reputation as a centrist who avoids partisan hot water.
- Ledbetter was a sponsor of the contentious legislation that mandated the hiring of mental health coordinators in all public schools during the previous legislative session.
- After McCutcheon stated he would not be running again, the seat of Speaker of the House became open. Phillip Rigsby, another Republican, won the election for his seat on Tuesday.
- Following Mike Hubbard’s removal and conviction for many ethics offenses, McCutcheon stepped into the role of Speaker.