The board of directors of ProgressPAC, the Business Council of Alabama’s political action committee, has endorsed three candidates running for statewide office: Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries Rick Pate; Associate Justice Kelli Wise; and Greg Cook, candidate to serve as an associate justice.
Pate, Wise and Cook are each running in the 2022 election cycle. Pate is currently serving his first term leading the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries; Wise is serving her second term on the Supreme Court of Alabama; and Cook is seeking election to Place 1 on the on the Supreme Court of Alabama – a seat being vacated by the retirement of Justice Mike Bolin.
Pate brings his background as a longtime small business owner to Ag & Industries, having operated Pate Landscape for over three decades. He is also the former mayor of Lowndesboro. Pate received his bachelor’s degree from Auburn University’s College of Agriculture.
Wise was first elected as an associate justice in 2010 and was then reelected in 2016. She previously served on the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals from 2001 until her ascension to the Supreme Court. Wise earned her undergraduate degree from Auburn University, a Master of Public Administration from Auburn University at Montgomery and her JD from the Thomas Goode Jones School of Law at Faulkner University.
Cook is a partner at Balch & Bingham, where he serves as chair of the firm’s Financial Services Litigation Practice. Cook received his JD from Harvard Law School and his undergraduate degree from Duke University.
BCA and ProgressPAC remain committed to fighting for Alabama’s future by endorsing candidates like these three who will help lead Alabama in the right direction.
“We are excited to announce our endorsement of these three pro-jobs leaders,” said Angus Cooper, III, chairman of ProgressPAC. “It is vital that we have elected officials who are committed to growing Alabama’s reputation as a sweet home for business, so that hardworking families across our state can thrive for generations to come. ProgressPAC is proud to support candidates like Rick Pate, Kelli Wise and Greg Cook who are dedicated to serving the people of Alabama in exemplary fashion.”