Jones named chair of judiciary committee

Published 7:55 pm Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Rep. Mike Jones, R-Andalusia, landed the chairmanship of a key legislative committee in the Alabama House of Representatives’ organizational meeting in Montgomery this week.

Jones, who is beginning his second term, will chair the House Judiciary Committee.

The two-day organizational meeting began Tuesday, when the House re-elected Mike Hubbard, R-Auburn, as its speaker. Hubbard’s wife, Susan Sorrells Hubbard, is a native of Opp.

Rep. MacMcCutcheon, R-Huntsville, returned as chairman of the powerful Rules Committee; Rep. Steve Clouse, R-Ozark, will continue to chair the Ways and Means General Fund Committee; and Bill Poole, R-Tuscaloosa, will continue in his role as chairman of the Ways and Means Education Committee.

Jones replaced Paul DeMarco of Homewood, who ran for Congress instead of seeking reelection. DeMarco’s bid was unsuccessful.