Wednesday, the twenty-seven Republican members of the Alabama Senate met in Montgomery for their first caucus meeting as a group following their election victory on Tuesday. The Alabama Senate Republican Caucus re-elected Greg Reed of Jasper to serve as the Senate Majority Leader. The election was unanimous.
Reed was first elected to the State Senate in 2010, and was chosen as Majority Leader in 2014 by his Republican colleagues. He was un-opposed in both this year’s Republican primary and in Tuesday’s general election.
“It is an honor to serve as the Republican leader in the Alabama State Senate, and I am deeply humbled by the trust by colleagues have given me,” Reed remarked in a statement. “Since the conservative Republican majority was elected in 2010, we have steadily reformed state government to save taxpayers money, we fought for a Constitutional Amendment to declare Alabama a pro-life state, and earlier this year, we passed the largest tax cut for Alabama’s working families in a decade.”
Every Republican statewide candidate was elected on Tuesday and the party grew its already commanding supermajorities in both the Alabama House of Representatives and the Senate. Over 1.7 million people voted on Tuesday. 661,898 voted straight ticket Republican. Kay Ivey, Will Ainsworth, John Merrill, Jay Mitchell, and Jim Zeigler all received over a million votes.
“On Tuesday, the people of Alabama resoundingly endorsed the course that we have set—and Republicans in the State Senate will continue to focus on policies that will improve Alabama’s schools and bring economic prosperity to every corner of the state, as we seek to catapult Alabama forward into a position of strength for the twenty-first century,” Reed said.
Senator Jabo Waggoner (R-Vestavia Hills) praised Reed’s leadership and vision for Alabama.
“It was a great honor for me at yesterday’s caucus meeting to second the nomination of Greg Reed to serve again as the Majority Leader of the Alabama Senate,” Waggoner said. “Greg is one of the hardest-working elected officials I have served with. His principled commitment to conservative ideals and his integrity and ability to work with people of all perspectives make him a unique leader who gets results. He has a clear vision for a prosperous Alabama, and I look forward to working alongside Senator Reed in this next term to accomplish that vision for the people of our great state.”
Greg Reed is the Alabama Senate Majority Leader and represents Senate District 5, which is comprised of all or parts of Winston, Walker, Tuscaloosa, Jefferson, and Fayette counties.
The Alabama Democratic Party controlled the Alabama state Senate for 135 years. That ended in the election of 2010. Reed was part of that historic 2010 class. In 2014 Republicans built on their supermajority. After this election, that grew from 26 to 27 of the 35 members of the Alabama Senate.