Congressman-elect Jerry Carl announced Monday that Chad Carlough will be his chief of staff. Carl was just elected on Nov. 3 to represent Alabama’s 1st Congressional District in the 117th Congress.
“I am proud to announce Chad Carlough will serve as my Chief of Staff when I take office January 3, 2021,” Carl said. “Chad has a wide breadth of experience on Capitol Hill, previously holding several roles in Congressman Bradley Byrne’s office, including chief of staff. I have the utmost confidence in Chad’s character and his ability, and I am excited to have him on board.”
Elizabeth Roney will continue serving as district director, Carl said.
“Prior to serving as Congressman Byrne’s District Director, Elizabeth worked in the offices of both Congressman Sonny Callahan and Congressman Jo Bonner,” Carl said. “Elizabeth’s long-standing experience will ensure a smooth transition from Congressman Byrne’s office to mine.”
Zach Weidlich will be joining Carl’s team as well on Jan. 3 as his office’s communications director.
“Zach did a great job running my campaign the last two years, and I am confident that he will continue to be an asset in my office,” Carl said.
Carl defeated Democratic nominee James Averhart 211,825 to 116,949 in the Nov. 3 election.
Carl succeeds Rep. Bradley Byrne, R-Alabama, after Byrne’s decision to not seek re-election in favor of mounting a campaign for the Alabama Republican Senate primary.
Carl is the president of the Mobile County Commission, representing District 3. He also serves as deacon of the Luke 4:18 Fellowship in Mobile, where he was born and raised. Carl defeated former State Sen. Bill Hightower in a hard-fought Republican primary runoff in July.
Outside of state politics, Carl has also started a number of businesses ranging from the sale of medical supplies to timber. Carl describes himself as an avid hunter. He is also a father and grandfather.