House Speaker Mike Hubbard has selected Rep. Mac McCutcheon to serve as chairman of the House Rules Committee, a key post that oversees the committee that determines which bills come to the House floor for debate.
McCutcheon, R-Capshaw, follows former Rep. Blaine Galliher, who left that leadership post earlier this year to work as legislative director for Gov. Robert Bentley. Hubbard was deliberate and waited months after Galliher was appointed to his new post in July to make the appointment.
A number of House members vied for the position with some lobbyists pushing for certain members.
McCutcheon, who worked in law enforcement for 25 years with the Huntsville Police Department and the Huntsville City Court System before becoming a lawmaker, is in his second term representing portions of Madison and Limestone counties.
“Mac possesses a tireless work ethic and commands the respect and trust of House members on both sides of the aisle, and each of those qualities are vital to the post of Rules Committee chairman,” Hubbard said in a statement. “His experience as a legislator, his personal background, and his innate sense of fairness make Mac uniquely qualified to serve in this important and influential post.”
McCutcheon said Galliher “set a good example as chairman, and, like him, I’ll encourage the Rules Committee members to give every legislator, regardless of party or position, equal consideration when deciding which bills will be placed on the agenda.”
“I plan to push for healthy debate and discussion of bills on the House floor.”
– posted by Sebastian Kitchen