Two-term representative Andalusia-Republican Rep. Mike Jones was named chairman of the House Rules Committee, Monrovia-Republican Speaker Mac McCutcheon announced Wednesday.
Jones, previously the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee who oversaw the probe into former Gov. Robert Bentley’s impeachment investigation, replaces Troy-Republican Rep. Alan Boothe. Boothe vacated the post earlier this week when he announced he would not seek re-election to the House in 2018.
“The attention to detail and fairness that he demonstrated and the deep respect that he earned from members on both sides of the aisle are exactly what we need in a House Rules Committee chairman, so I am proud to make this appointment,” McCutcheon said in a statement.
Tasked with drafting the list of bills the House will consider each day, the Rules is considered one of the House’s most powerful committees.
Jones promised his colleagues he would keep an “open door and an open mind toward issues, bills and resolutions that they consider important.”
It is not yet clear who McCutcheon will choose to succeed Jones as the head of the Judiciary Committee.