Republican Rex Reynolds was elected to represent House District 21 in a special election on Tuesday.
The former former Huntsville police chief and city administrator narrowly defeated his Democratic opponent Terry Jones to fill the position held by former Meridianville-Republican state Rep. Jim Patterson who died suddenly following a heart attack in October.
According to AL.com, Reynolds took the oath of office shortly after polls closed.
Alabama Republican Party Chairman Terry Lathan made a statement Tuesday night congratulating Reynolds.
“As the results indicate, Mr. Reynolds, a former police chief, is extremely well respected in his district. We are appreciative of the citizens who went and supported him,” said Lathan. “This election shows that Alabama voters agreed that conservative policy clearly benefits our citizens. We are excited to showcase our strong state and county candidates in November who will support our policies that have made such a positive impact in Alabama.”
Reynolds will face Jones again in November, as Patterson was up for reelection.