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McCutcheon appoints Chip Brown to House Rules Committee

The Alabama House chambers. (FILE PHOTO)

Speaker of the House Mac McCutcheon, R-Monrovia, on Thursday, announced that he has appointed State Representative Chip Brown, R-Mobile, to a seat on the powerful House Rules Committee.

The House Rules Committee is tasked with setting the House of Representatives agenda for each workday and determining which bills will be debated upon the chamber floor.

“Since becoming a member of the House, Rep. Brown has proven himself as a leader and trusted colleague among his fellow House members,” Speaker McCutcheon said. “The members of the Rules Committee are given great responsibility because they determine which bills will or will not come up for a vote, but I know that Chip will fulfill this assignment with his trademark wisdom, fairness, and integrity.”

Rep. Brown said in a statement that he looks forward to playing a role in determining the body’s daily working agenda.

“The Rules Committee sets the priorities for the House, and because the bills we debate on the floor have a direct impact on millions of Alabama citizens, its decisions carry an importance that I recognize and respect,” Brown said. “I’ll use my seat on the committee to promote bills and measures that protect the public’s safety, improve our public education, create needed jobs, and embrace the conservative beliefs and principles that so many of our fellow Alabamians share.”

Brown is the owner of a public relations firm. He also holds seats on the House Economic Development and Tourism Committee, the House Urban and Rural Development Committee, the House Insurance Committee, and the Mobile County Legislation Committee.

Brown will officially join the Rules Committee when the state Legislature convenes in Montgomery for the 2020 regular session on February 4.

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There was a vacancy on the Rules Committee due to passing of State Rep. Jimmy Martin, R – Clanton, in May due to lung cancer.

State Representative Mike Jones, R-Andalusia, is the Chairman of the House Rules Committee.

McCutcheon chaired the Rules Committee until he was elevated to Speaker of the House following the conviction of Speaker Mike Hubbard, R-Auburn, on 12 counts of felony ethics charges in June 2016. Hubbard has not served one day of his prison sentence.

Brandon Moseley is a former reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter.

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