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:
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.”
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