Congressman Robert Aderholt, R-Alabama, on Wednesday endorsed Lt. Gov. Will Ainsworth, a Republican, in his bid to run for a second term in office.
“I’m proud to endorse my good friend Will Ainsworth for re-election as Alabama’s Lt. Governor,” Aderholt said in a statement. “He understands how to grow and strengthen our economy. He understands and lives out Alabama values. And he’s a champion for the unborn. Will is a proven leader and I’m honored to stand with him.”
Aderholt represents Alabama’s 4th Congressional District and is the dean of Alabama’s House delegation. Ainsworth lives in Marshall County, which is located in Aderholt’s District.
“I am humbled to have the support of Congressman Aderholt, a fellow Christian conservative who works tirelessly to support enhanced opportunity and good-paying jobs for the people of our great state,” Ainsworth said. “I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished for hardworking Alabama families during my short time as Lieutenant Governor, and I’m excited to say that we’re just getting started. I will continue to fight every day for Alabama’s values and interests, so that we build an even better state for our children and our children’s children.”
Even though the primary is not for 11 months and Ainsworth does not yet have an announced opponent, this continues a string of recent endorsements for Ainsworth, including U.S. Sen. Tommy Tuberville, the Alabama Forestry Association, the Business Council of Alabama, Manufacture Alabama, the Professional Fire Fighters Association of Alabama, and the Petroleum and Convenience Marketers Association.
Ainsworth was first elected as lieutenant governor in 2018, following one term in the Alabama House of Representatives.
Ainsworth says that he has been a strong conservative reformer and staunch advocate for jobs and high-quality public education programs. He chairs the Military Stability Commission and has helped pass legislation to make Alabama the most military- and veteran-friendly state in the country.
Ainsworth is also national chair of the Aerospace States Association and is excited to see Space Command Headquarters coming to Alabama. He launched an Aerospace Internship program, as well as an Aerospace Supplier program.
Ainsworth also chairs the Small Business Commission. Ainsworth says that he is unflinchingly committed to lower taxes, slashing regulations, and giving small businesses fair opportunities to compete and prosper and has a passion for workforce development. Ainsworth has already helped secure funding in our K-12 schools as well as community colleges with a goal to make Alabama the nation’s workforce engine.
Ainsworth is a businessman, co-founder of the Dream Ranch, builder, real estate developer and cattleman. He is a former youth pastor and is a graduate of Auburn University.
The Republican primary will be on May 24, 2022.