Alabama has outstanding political leaders under 45
Many of you have lamented me that it seems that all or most of our State political leaders are older people. The first look, it seems to be true. However, on a deeper observation, we have some extremely talented young stars on the horizon. In fact, they are already in the ring and making a difference.
There are a few names that worth watching. Let me share with you a selected group under 4 years old in Alabama5 exceptional leaders. There are already two superstars on the scene and at the head of state: State representativeative Bill Poole from Tuscaloosa and Lieutenant Governor Will Ainsworth.
representative Bill Poole is a real la leader, not a politician. He does things quietly and efficiently. In close to six decades of observation of theIn the Legislature, I have never seen anyone rise to the level of diplomacy and efficiency as a Poole while being universally appreciated and respected by the entire Legislature on both sides of the aisle. He was in the legislature for only10 years. However, after only four years it was made cPresident of the Chamber of Ways and Means Education BuCommittee dget. It is one of theif not the most powerful positions in the legislature.
Poole could take a statewide step in 2022. However, from a power point of view, there is very little statewide positions that would be tantamount to being president of the Ways and Means Education Budget the committee. Governor or United States The senator is the only one two that would be comparable.
Speaking of the governor, our young 39 year former lieutenant governor, Will AinsworTh has an unfazed eye on the GOvernight office in 2022. If Kay Ivey does not run for a second term as more experts think will Either way, Ainsworth will be the favorite. He set his sights on brass rand will be hard to beat. He has a very attractive young family and is a very good activist. He is very conservative and is originally from northern Alabama, rich in vocals.
Another guy who is Ainsworth’s neighbor from Sand Mountain, State Senator Clay Scofield, is the brightest young star under 45 in the Alabama State Senate. Scofield is a popular farmr, that you can’t help but love. He comes from a long line of leading farmers. He is in his third term and it’s only 39 years and already occupies a leading position in the Senate.
Another senator to watch is 40 years old.first year old Chris Elliott of Baldwin County. He has served on the Baldwin County Commission before and knows how to get things done. He is going to be an effective voice for the Gulf Coast region of the state.
Youth 36-year-old Senator Andrew Jones will also begreat defender of his cherokee /Electors of Etowah County. He works hard at home to stay to touch with people in his neighborhood.
The name that appears on most lists as the fThe Reshman Senator to watch is Garlan Gudger of Cullman County. He is very sincere and exudes integrity. He is a businessman, non-lawyer, who is more of the profile in the State Senate charged with Republicans.
The House of Representatives has at at least four young people under 45 superstars. State Representative, Chris England, 43, tops the list. He is the son of the eminent judge Tuscaloosa John England. Chris, like his father, is a lawyer by profession. He is in his third term in the House and is also chairman of the Alabama Democratic Party.
Representative Anthony Daniels in Huntsville is a greatStar. He is serving his second term in Town of Rocket and he is about that it is a high tech businessman. This 36 This one-year-old is handsome, articulate and chairs the Democratic caucus in the House.
Representative Kyle South, who repblames Fayette and Tuscaloosa Counties, is on a fast track in the House and understands politics.
Troy’s representative Wes Allen has a bright future. He is 44 years old and has already served 10 years as a Pike County probate judge.
You may have noticed that I have listed new legislators, four from the Senate and five of the House. Three of new are from the Tuscaloosa metropolitan area – Bill Poole, Chris England, and Kyle South – nnot a bad sign for Druid City.
Steven, newly elected mayor of Montgomery Reed makes the list of the state’s brightest young leaders at 45. The mayor of Alabama’s largest city, Birmingham, Randall Woodfin, is only 38 years old. As a result, the mayors of two of Alabama’s largest cities are 45 and under.
This concludes the super 45 and understars that are in fact in the political arena. Stay tuning in next week, we’ll give you a list of those that affect the arena.
See you next week.
Steve Flowers is Alabama’s leading political columnist. His weekly column appears in more than 60 Alabama newspapers. He served 16 years in the state legislature. Steve can be reached at www.steveflowers.us.