The Alabama Forestry Association announced its endorsement of Sen. Jabo Waggoner, R-Vestavia Hills, Friday. Waggoner is seeking re-election for state Senate District 16, which covers parts of Jefferson and Shelby counties.
Waggoner is a Birmingham native and received his bachelor’s degree from Birmingham Southern College. He went on to earn his law degree from Birmingham School of Law. He and his wife, Marilyn, still reside in Birmingham.
Waggoner was elected to the Alabama House of Representatives in 1966 and served in that capacity until 1983, when he was elected to the Alabama Senate. In the Senate, he has served as the Senate minority leader from 2002 to 2010, and the Senate majority leader from 2010 to 2014.
“Jabo and Marilyn have been friends of mine and this Association since I started here,” said AFA President and CEO Chris Isaacson. “He was part of the beginning of the Republican movement in Alabama at a time when all of the state’s Republicans could have held a meeting in a phone booth. He was instrumental in orchestrating the change in leadership in the State Legislature in 2010 and brought prospective candidates to our building to give them their first introduction to the Montgomery political community. We are pleased that he wants to participatein public service for four more years and proud to endorse him again for reelection.”
Waggoner serves as the powerful chairman of the Senate’s Rules Committee and the vice chairman of the Confirmations Committee. As Rules Committee chairman, he plays a large part in determining the order of business for the Senate.
“I am very honored to be supported by the Alabama Forestry Association. Forestry and forest products are an integral part of Alabama’s thriving economy,” Waggoner said. “As chair of the Senate Rules Committee, I appreciate the insights and analysis AFA provides on legislation that impacts this important industry. I am committed to the continued successes and job creation of our state’s forestry industry.”
Waggoner will seek the Republican nomination for Senate District 16 in the primary election on May 24, 2022.