State Rep. Andrew Sorrell, R-Muscle Shoals, on Monday said he will not seek re-election to the House but instead will run for the Republican nomination for State Auditor.
“As a strong fiscal conservative in the State House of Representatives, I think my talents and interests align perfectly with the duties of the State Auditor,” Sorrell said. “Keeping track of $1.7 billion worth of state property spread out over 176 state agencies is an important task. I want to make sure that every penny of property belonging to the citizens of Alabama is properly accounted for. My political experience in the Legislature and my professional background as an entrepreneur have perfectly prepared me to perform the duties of this important position.”
“I believe Alabama needs someone with a proven track record of concern for taxpayer money serving in the Auditor’s position,” Sorrell said. “I believe that my conservative political philosophy and attention to detail will help me serve the citizens of Alabama well as their next State Auditor.”
Current State Auditor Republican Jim Zeigler is term-limited from running again.
Sorrell is 35-years old. He grew up in Muscle Shoals and is a 2004 graduate of Muscle Shoals High School. Sorrell has a business management degree from the University of North Alabama.
Sorrell started his first business on his parents’ porch at age 16 with his brother, Matthew. In 2010, the business expanded to open a brick-and-mortar store. Infinity College Textbooks has now sold over 800,000 college textbooks on the internet. His second business — Gold, Guns and Guitars, Inc. — opened in April 2015 and has eight employees.
This upscale pawnshop now has locations in both Florence and Huntsville. Early in 2021, Sorrell also founded Fast Track Investments Inc., a commercial real estate and investment company.
In the Legislature, Sorrell was an outspoken opponent of leadership’s unpopular statewide fuel tax increase that passed in a 2019 Special Session.
The Alabama Policy Institute awarded Sorrell the 2020 Conservative Policy Warrior Award for his consistent opposition to higher taxes and growing Alabama government. API said that “Sorrell has made a name for himself as a fiscal conservative who is not afraid to stand alone on his principles.”
Sorrell was rated as the top legislator in the Alabama House for economics by the Club for Growth Foundation. Club for Growth measured the legislature on 13 pro-growth votes for the 2020 Legislative year.
Sorrell was also elected by his fellow 50 delegates as the chairman of the Alabama Trump Delegation to the 2020 Republican National Convention. Sorrell was responsible for casting the votes for Alabama’s delegation for Donald Trump on national television.
“Donald Trump was a conservative, pro-growth, and pro-America President, and it was an honor to represent his Alabama supporters at the Convention in Charlotte, N.C. last year,” Sorrell said of the experience.
Sorrell and his wife Hannah reside in Muscle Shoals and are expecting their first child. Hannah works as a real estate agent in the Shoals area.
Sumiton Pastor Stan Cooke and Florence attorney Brent Woodall have already announced that they are running for the GOP nomination for State Auditor. State School Board member Jackie Zeigler is reportedly also considering a run for state auditor. She is the wife of incumbent Jim Zeigler.
The primary election will be held May 24, 2022.