By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter
MONTGOMERY — After more than six years in the post, Rep. Micky Hammon, R-Decatur, has stepped down as House Majority Leader, he confirmed in a press release Wednesday.
“After much thought and careful consideration, I have decided to step down from my position as House Majority Leader once an election for the post is held next week,” Hammon said.
Hammon’s decision to step down comes just a week after the House Republican Caucus held a vote of confidence to determine whether he would continue as the leader of the Republican Caucus. Hammon survived the vote of confidence by just one vote.
The Caucus held the vote at a caucus meeting last Wednesday. The vote was said to be related to an investigation into a business interest of Hammon’s and Rep. Jack Williams, R-Birmingham, according to sources within the caucus who spoke with APR.
A member of the House Republican Caucus asked for the vote of confidence after it became known that some legislators were interviewed by the US Postal Service’s Office of the Inspector General about questions related to a bill pushed by Hammon in the House Commerce and Small Business Committee.
The bill, the sources said, had the potential to affect both William’s and Hammon’s businesses.
Hammon was elected to the House in 2002 and as House Majority Leader in 2010 after the Republicans took control of both chambers of the Alabama Legislature. Hammon was known as a staunch supporter of former House Speaker Mike Hubbard, R-Auburn.
“I’m forever grateful that my GOP colleagues elected me as their leader over two separate quadrenniums, and while I will not be serving as quarterback in the future,” Hammon said. “I’ll continue to be a proud member of the Republican team and will do everything in my power to help pass our agenda and other conservative reform measures.”
Earlier this month, the Democratic Caucus elected Rep. Anthony Daniel, D-Huntsville, as their new Minority Leader. Hammon said it was time for the House Republicans to have new leadership as well.