By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter
MONTGOMERY — The Alabama House Democratic Caucus on Wednesday accepted the appointment of Rep. Merika Coleman, D-Birmingham, as Assistant Minority Leader.
“I am honored to serve the members of the caucus and the State in this role,” Coleman said. “To truly make progress for the people of Alabama, we must work together, and I’m committed to doing everything I can to move good legislation and, in turn, the State, forward.”
Coleman’s appointment comes at a time of leadership shuffling the House. Earlier this week, Rep. Micky Hammon, R-Decatur, stepped down from his post as House Majority Leader. An election for his position will be held next week.
Hammon had served in the position since 2010.
Earlier this year, Rep. Craig Ford, D-Gadsden, resigned as House Majority Leader. Rep. Anthony Daniels, D-Huntsville, replaced him.
“I greatly appreciate Rep. Coleman agreeing to take on this key role on behalf of our caucus,” said Rep. Anthony Daniels, D-Birmingham, and House Democratic Minority Leader. “The depth of her knowledge on the challenging issues facing the state and her strong relationships throughout the caucus will be key to moving Alabama forward for the sake of our citizens.”
Coleman was first elected to the House in 2002 and currently serves on the House Judiciary Committee. She also serves on the House Ways and Means General Fund Committee, the Banking Committee and as Chair of the Boards and Commissions Committee.
Daniels appointed Coleman, who serves as a Policy Committee member. As a Policy Committee member, she helps set the legislative priorities for the Democratic Caucus. She is also a member of the Legislative Black Caucus, where she served previously as the secretary.