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State Rep. Andrew Sorrell announces candidacy for ALGOP senior vice chair

Sorrell is serving in his first term in the Alabama House of Representatives.

State Rep. Andrew Sorrell, R-Muscle Shoals, on Wednesday said he is running for the position of senior vice chair of the Alabama Republican Party.

On Tuesday, Senior Vice Chair John Wahl announced that he is running for chair of the Alabama Republican Party. Current Chair Terry Lathan has announced that she is not running for a fourth term. Wahl’s candidacy means that the position of senior vice chair will be open.

John Skipper has also announced that he is running for ALGOP senior vice chair.

“Like every race I have been in, I intend to work harder than my opponent and that is how I intend to win,” Sorrell said.

Sorrell is serving in his first term in the Alabama House of Representatives, but he has already earned a name for himself in the Legislature for his conservative stands including opposing the controversial fuel tax increase in 2019.

The Alabama Policy Institute recently honored Sorrell with their 2020 API Policy Warrior Award. The API Policy Warrior Award is designed to honor those individuals in both public and private sectors who have distinguished themselves by taking extraordinary steps to promote and uphold conservative principles of governance, free markets and strong families.

“State Representative Sorrell has made a name for himself as a fiscal conservative who is not afraid to stand alone on his principles,” API wrote of Sorrell. “Andrew Sorrell voted against the 2020 budgets which included large spending increases just as the coronavirus uncertainty was looming. He opposed increasing the state’s debt by voting against the $1.25 billion education bond issue in the 2020 session. Representative Sorrell also voted against the increased gas tax that was passed in the special session of 2019. Each of these votes placed him in a minority, but those three votes become even more significant when combined because he is the only legislator of the total 140 members of the State House and Senate to vote against all three.”

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Sorrell and his wife, Hannah, were both elected by Republican primary voters as delegates to the 2020 Republican National Convention. Sorrell was voted by his fellow delegates as chair of the Trump 2020 delegation.

Sorrell is currently in Georgia volunteering his time to go door to door campaigning for Republican Senate incumbents David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler. Loeffler and Perdue face Democratic challengers in the Jan. 5 Senate runoff election. Control of the Senate hangs on the outcome of the two Georgia runoff elections.

“I fear for our country if we lose the Senate,” Sorrell said.

Sorrell owns several small businesses including a pawnshop and gun store.

The Alabama Republican Party State Executive Committee will vote on new leadership when it meets on Feb. 27 for the annual Winter Meeting.

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

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