By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
Friday July 1, 2016, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R) announced that he was appointing State Representative Mike Hill (R-Columbiana) as the Superintendent of the State Banking Department.
Representative Hill is replacing John D. Harrison who retired on Thursday after 11 years of service.
Gov. Bentley said in a statement, “I want to thank John for his dedication and commitment to the citizens of Alabama. His leadership in the areas of banking regulation and lending has provided stability to the industry and protected consumers while moving the Department forward.”
Hill is a longtime fixture in the Alabama House of Representatives, serving Shelby County since 1986.
Gov. Bentley said, “For almost 30 years Mike has been instrumental in assisting with banking legislation while serving on several banking committees. I am confident Mike will do a great job and I am honored to appoint him as the newest Superintendent of the State Banking Department. Mike brings a wealth of knowledge that will continue to move the state forward in the area of consumer protection.”
Mike Hill said, “I am honored and excited to serve the people of Alabama as the Superintendent of the State Banking Department. Following in the steps of John Harrison, whose tenure was renowned across the country, carries great responsibility. I thank Governor Bentley for this appointment and his confidence that we can build on our strong community banking industry and ensure our banks meet the needs of the bright future for Alabama’s citizens.”
Hill has his B.S. Degree from Auburn University. Hill also attended the School of Banking of the South at LSU and the Commercial Lending School at the University of Oklahoma.
Hill served on the House of Representatives Financial Services Committee (formerly known as the Banking Committee). Hill is Chairman of the House Insurance Committee. He also served on internal affairs and the Shelby County Legislative Delegation.
Chairman Hill said, “Serving the citizens of my district has been my distinct pleasure for nearly 30 years. My family and I have always been humbled by the confidence of the people of Shelby County. This new challenge is an opportunity to better the lives of all Alabamians, from Muscle Shoals to Dothan, from Fort Payne to Bayou Le Batre.”
Mike Hill is 67, is married to his wife Carol. He is a deacon at the First Baptist Church in Columbiana.
Gov. Bentley will announce the special election schedule to fill Hill’s now vacated seat in the legislature shortly.