Republican state legislator April Weaver announced today she is resigning her seat to join the Trump Administration. Weaver served in the House of Representatives, representing parts of Shelby, Bibb and Chilton counties.
Weaver did not say exactly what position she was accepting in the President’s administration. An announcement is expected from the White House about her appointment soon.
Weaver’s tenure in the legislature first began with her election in the 2010 Republican wave that saw a Republican majority in the legislature for the first time in 136 years. As a registered nurse, Weaver focused primarily on business and healthcare legislation. In 2015, she was appointed to serve as Chairwoman of the House Health Committee, the first woman to serve in that leadership role. In 2019, Weaver voted against the Rebuild Alabama Act, which included a statewide gas tax increase.
Weaver said in a press release, “serving in the Alabama House of Representatives has been one of the greatest experiences of my life. It has been a tremendous honor and privilege to represent the people of House District 49 for the past ten years. I am forever grateful for the trust and confidence they have placed in me as their Representative and I am deeply honored to have been chosen to join the Trump Administration. I am excited to be able to use my skills and experience at a national level during this unprecedented time and I look forward to supporting President Trump’s initiatives and serving the people of our nation.”
The vacancy created by Weaver’s resignation will result in a special election to fill her seat. Gov. Kay Ivey will announce the dates of that special election.