State Representative Nathaniel Ledbetter, R-Rainsville, was elected Thursday by his Republican colleagues to be the next speaker of the Alabama House of Representatives.
Ledbetter, who has served as the Republican Party’s majority leader since 2017, was elected during a Republican caucus meeting in Montgomery. He will need to be approved by the full House, but since Republicans hold a supermajority, the vote is essentially ceremonial.
Ledbetter, the former mayor of Rainsville, takes over for outgoing Speaker Mac McCutcheon, R-Monrovia, who retired following the 2022 Legislative Session. Ledbetter has served in the House since 2014 and is generally viewed as a reasonable, conscientious lawmaker who rarely subjects himself to the more heated and partisan debates.