His employer, U.S. Rep. Barry Moore (R-Enterprise), will change in January from being the second congressional district's congressman to being the member for the first congressional district. 

Among other changes, that will mean Moore loses Montgomery and his congressional office in nearby Wetumpka. He will gain Mobile and Baldwin Counties. Likely, he will set up a new district office there.

His current district director Bill Harris will not be making that change.

Harris told 1819 News Friday that he will resign before the changeover. He says he will work from now until his resignation on the transition.

Harris lives in Autauga County near Prattville. That means that he would either need to move to continue working in Moore's new district office or else he would have a long daily commute.

After his departure from the Moore congressional office, Harris will still have plenty to do. He was elected Alabama's Republican National Committeeman by the Alabama State Republican Executive Committee. At their February meeting in Birmingham, Harris defeated 16-year incumbent National Committeeman Paul Reynolds and Trump-endorsed businessman John Blanchard.

Although Harris will be new to the RNC, he has an impressive political and government experience resume. He was previously Executive Director of the Alabama Republican Party. He worked for the Alabama Forestry Association as Executive Director of the Alabama Loggers Council and government relations coordinator with cities, counties, ALDOT and ALEA.

He previously served as district director for U.S. Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-Haleyville).

Harris earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from Troy University.

He entered the military at age 17 and served for 34 years. He retired as a full-bird Colonel after tours of duty in Saudi Arabia, Sierra Leone, Germany, Italy, Korea and Panama.

Harris takes over as Alabama's Republican National Committeeman in July, right after the Republican National Convention. He is also a candidate to be a Trump delegate to the convention. The state party will select the delegates at its call meeting on May 4.

He says he will work to focus the Republican presidential campaign on about five swing states that are vital to achieving 270 electoral votes and thus winning the presidency – Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia, Nevada and Arizona.

"God is the only thing that can save our country," Harris said. "I want to represent you and our values on the RNC. It is very important to be your voice. Let's get together and save this nation."

Jim Zeigler is a former Alabama Public Service Commissioner and State Auditor. You can reach him for comments at ZeiglerElderCare@yahoo.com.

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