New Madison County GOP lawmakers join in celebration of statehouse takeover
Thursday, November 04, 2010, 5:07 PM
MONTGOMERY – Madison County’s newly-minted Republican House and Senate members today joined in the celebration of a Republican takeover of the Alabama Legislature. Some expressed early interest in committee assignments.
All of them were in Montgomery to caucus with the 22 GOP senators and 62 House members whose election Tuesday gave the Republicans a majority in the Legislature for the first time since 1874.
Committee assignments, office assignments and parking spots will be determined during an organizational session on Jan. 11, unless outgoing Gov. Bob Riley calls a special session on ethics that week.
Sen. Bill Holtzclaw of Madison, a retired Marine and combat veteran, said he would like to be appointed to the Veterans and Military Affairs Committee. Also, because he was an orphan, Holtzclaw said social services “would be at the top of my list.” He would likely be an appointee to the Children, Youth Affairs, and Human Resources Committee.
Sen. Shadrack McGill of Woodville, who defeated veteran Democrat Lowell Barron, said he was interested in pursuing ethics reform, which would fall under the Constitution, Campaign Finance, Ethics, and Elections Committee.
Sen. Clay Scofield of Arab, a farmer who represents parts of Blount, Madison and Marshall counties, said he’s interested in the Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee. But Scofield said he’s also interested in the Small Business and Economic Development Committee because his district needs jobs.
Rep. Wayne Johnson of Huntsville, who defeated incumbent Butch Taylor in House District 22, said his background as a retired Madison County deputy sheriff would play a role in his committee assignments.
“I’d like to be in public safety and law enforcement, but I’m going to leave that up to the speaker of the House,” he said. “Where he sees fit to put me, that’s where I’m going to go and do the best job I can.”
Rep. Jim Patterson of Meridianville, a former member of the Madison County Board of Education, said he hopes to be appointed to the Education Policy Committee or the Education Appropriation Committee.
”I have a passion for making changes as far as doing more for kids who don’t go to college,” he said. “I promise to work on technical education and those kinds of fields.”
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