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Alabama House Dems elect new leaders

The 28-member Democratic caucus elevated women to two important roles.

House Minority Leader Anthony Daniels speaks at the Statehouse in April 2018.

The Alabama House Democratic Caucus elected new leadership on Monday, elevating two female lawmakers to the party’s second- and third-highest positions. 

Rep. Anthony Daniels remains the House Minority Leader, a position he’s held for the past five years after being elected in 2017 as the party’s youngest speaker and its first African-American speaker. 

But following Daniels in the party leadership pecking order is Mobile Rep. Barbara Drummond, who will serve as caucus leader, and Birmingham Rep. Mary Moore, who will serve as caucus co-chair. Those positions are vitally important within the party for the purposes of setting agendas and ensuring that party members receive guidance on various pieces of legislation. 

Hayneville Rep. Kelvin Lawrence will serve as caucus secretary and treasurer. 

“I am honored and humbled to have the opportunity to work again with such a talented and dedicated group of leaders who remain dedicated to improving the quality of life for all Alabamians,” Daniels said in a statement. 

“We will continue to promote practical and meaningful legislation and policies that highlight our pro-growth, pro-innovation platform. Right now, we are already working hard to prepare our 2023 legislative agenda to continue our focus on strengthening economic growth, access to quality health care, education innovation, mental health care, affordable housing, and justice for all.”

The 2023 legislative session begins in March.

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Josh Moon is an investigative reporter and featured columnist at the Alabama Political Reporter with years of political reporting experience in Alabama. You can email him at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter.

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