Now that sitting 1st District U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne has announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate, there’s chatter over who will run for his seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. Among those considering a congressional run is Mobile-Republican, former State Senator Bill Hightower.
“Since Congressman Byrne’s U.S. Senate campaign announcement, I have been honored by the many calls I have received urging me to launch a campaign for Congress in Alabama’s 1st District. I believe public service is a high calling and I do not take these encouragements lightly,” Hightower said in a statement on Thursday. “Over the next few weeks, I will be discussing the potential of a congressional campaign with my family and close friends, while praying for God’s guidance as we make a final decision.”
During his time in Montgomery, Hightower ranked among the most conservative state senators in Alabama. He pushed for smaller government and lower taxes – even sponsoring legislation to change Alabama to a flat tax.
Mostly recently he vied for the Republican nomination for Governor, which he ultimately lost to Kay Ivey.
Hightower graduated from the University of South Alabama, received an M.B.A. from Vanderbilt University, and has worked with with several Fortune 100 corporations including Emerson Electric, AlliedSignal, Eaton