The presidential campaign of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has recruited Republican Senate Majority Leader Greg Reed as its state chairman for Alabama, according to a Howard Kopolowitz report on AL.com Friday.
The announcement comes as Walker is scheduled to visit Alabama on Saturday to address the state Republican Party’s annual Summer Luncheon, held at the Talladega Speedway. Walker is also slated to visit the famed Dreamland Bar-B-Que in Birmingham.
Reed, a second-term Republican from Jasper, has served in the Legislature since 2010 and has quickly risen to the ranks of leadership within the state Senate.
Besides his role as Majority Leader, Reed, a former health care executive, is the deputy chairman of the Senate’s Health and Human Services Committee.
He also sits on the powerful Rules committee, as well as Banking and Insurance, Judiciary, and Transportation and Energy panels.
Reed endorsed Newt Gingrich’s ill-fated bid for president during the 2012 election cycle. Gingrich finished a close second in the Alabama primary, garnering 29.3 percent of the vote as Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum won the state with 34.5 percent.
Alabama could take on increased importance in the national GOP primaries since the state adopted a proposal during the last legislative Session to become part of the so-called “SEC primary,” joining with states such as Tennessee and North Carolina to become one voting bloc, in part to counteract the influence of early-voting South Carolina.