The Business Council of Alabama (BCA) announced former Senate Majority Leader Clay Scofield (R-Guntersville) as its new executive vice president on Friday.

According to BCA, Scofield will play a critical role in shaping the organization’s agenda, providing strategic leadership, and driving BCA’s mission to foster economic growth and protect job creation in the state of Alabama. Central to this mission, he will work with ProgressPAC, BCA’s political affiliate, to help elect pro-business candidates with pro-job agendas.

“Clay Scofield holds experience and expertise that is unparalleled in the state of Alabama. He has a talent for strategic thinking and a proven track record of developing innovative solutions to confront complex challenges facing Alabama’s business community,” BCA President and CEO Helena Duncan said in a statement. “Clay’s contributions to the state of Alabama and unwavering commitment to the community make him an invaluable asset to BCA. We are confident that Clay will continue to make lasting impacts across the state and are proud to welcome him to our team.”

Scofield announced on Monday he was resigning his seat in the State Senate to accept a job with BCA. He has said his position wouldn’t involve lobbying. Former legislators and staffers are in theory subject to a two-year cooling-off period by law from directly becoming a lobbyist after resigning from their position.

“It has been the honor of a lifetime to serve with President Pro Tem Greg Reed and my colleagues in the State Senate, and most importantly, to represent the people of Senate District 9,” Scofield said in a statement. “I am grateful for the opportunity to have been a voice for my community in Montgomery and eager to contribute my experience and expertise toward advancing BCA’s mission.”

State Sen. Steve Livingston (R-Scottsboro) was elected as the new Senate Majority Leader at a caucus meeting on Monday. David Cole, BCA's former senior vice president of governmental affairs, left BCA in August to accept a President/CEO position at the Ductile Iron Pipe Research Association.

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