The shortlist of who could replace ousted House Speaker Mike Hubbard

Mike Hubbard trial
Mike Hubbard looks at family and friends sitting in the courtroom as deputies wait to take Hubbard into custody on Friday, June 10, 2016. [Photo Credit: AP, Pool | Todd Van Emst]

After seven hours of deliberation and a 13-day trial, a Lee County jury found Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard guilty of 12 felony charges of using his government position for personal gain. A verdict that automatically removes him from office and paves the way for a special Speaker election.

In the interim, while the seat remains vacant, Mobile Republican and Speaker Pro Tem Rep. Victor Gaston becomes acting speaker under state law and House rules. He will serve in this role for the “foreseeable future,” until a new Speaker is elected, according to a release from the Speaker’s office.

Here are five Republicans who could ultimately replace Hubbard:

Phil WilliamsPhil Williams
District: House District 6
County: Limestone County, Madison County

Williams has already expressed interest in the position, “I will make the move, when I feel there is broad support for the move,” Williams said in February of going after the Speakership.

The statement, and subsequent move of counting potential votes, ultimately cost him his leadership position.

“Yeah, I’m no longer a chairman,” Williams explains. “I was one of Speaker Hubbard’s leaders on his leadership team. He’s removed me as chairman of the Technology and Research Committee.”

Click “2” below to see who else is on our short list.


  1. It might be wise for you guy to run an article comparing these fiver guys against those who signed the February letter to Obama to save Hubbard.

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