Local legislators assigned to committees

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By Denise DuBois

As state legislators begin the next four-year term, committee assignments were released this week. Local legislators will serve on their respective committees to see changes made.

Sen. Tom Whatley said, “I am very proud of my fellow area Senators and the dedication they put into our state and am so happy to lead the Senate Agriculture Committee for a third term.”




Rep. Chris Blackshear is leading the Financial Services committee. He said, “I’m honored to be chosen by the Speaker has chosen me to chair Financial Services. I’m honored that he has trust, faith and confidence in me to move that committee forward.”

Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh (R-Anniston) thanked the committee for their work.

“I want to thank the Committee on Assignments for their work on these committees, they did a fantastic job of matching Senators with the committee that best takes advantage of their strengths and abilities,” Marsh said. “I look forward to working with these members in the upcoming session. There are some tough issues facing the state and I believe these committees and their members are best equipped to address these issues in a way that benefits the people of Alabama.”

Senate Majority Leader Greg Reed (R-Jasper) was excited to see the new committees in action.

“Committees are the backbone of the legislative process, a place where bills are refined and improved and ideas are vigorously debated,” Senator Reed said. “Like the entire Senate, the committee chairmen come from all walks of life and include small business owners, doctors, farmers, former teachers, and attorneys from every region of our state. The 4.8 million citizens of Alabama deserve the best leadership possible, and I am confident that these citizen-lawmakers will ably lead the Senate’s fifteen committees during the new legislative term.”

Rep. Chris Blackshear

Committee on Financial Services (Chair)

Committee on County and Municipal Government

Internal Affairs Commission

Committee on Urban & Renewal Development

Rep. Berry Forte

Committee on Economic Development & Tourism

Committee on Ethics & Campaign Finance

Committee on Commerce & Small Business

Rep. Jeremy Gray

Committee on Health

Committee on Commerce & Small Business

Committee on Public Safety & Homeland Security

Rep. Debbie Wood

Committee on County and Municipal Government

Committee on Urban & Renewal Development

Committee on Ways & Means Education

Senator Randy Price

Committee on Tourism (Vice Chair)

Committee on Education Policy

Committee on Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry

Committee on Banking & Insurance

Committee on Transportation & Energy

Senator Tom Whatley

Committee on Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry (Chair)

Committee on Finance & Taxation Education

Committee on Confirmations

Committee on Judiciary

Committee on Banking & Insurance

Committee on Healthcare

Senator Billy Beasley

Committee on Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry

Committee on Finance & Taxation General Fund

Committee on Healthcare

Committee on Children, Youth & Human Services

Committee on Tourism

Committee on Veterans & Military Affairs