Former Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard, who served 28 months in prison in connection to ethics violations, has been released from the Limestone Correctional Center.

Hubbard is no longer listed as an inmate with the Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC).

Multiple reports confirmed Hubbard was released Sunday. Just two weeks before his release, Hubbard told 1819 News he would like to speak to a reporter after he gets home and gets settled in.

Hubbard was convicted on June 11, 2016, of 12 counts of ethics violations, including voting on legislation with a conflict of interest that would benefit a pharmaceutical company with which Hubbard was involved, as well as lobbying the State Department to help his clients, and soliciting funds for Craftmaster Printers, a company owned by Hubbard. After an appeals process, half of the charges were overturned, and his sentence was reduced.

Hubbard began serving his sentence in September 2020.

The former Republican member of the Alabama House of Representatives was first elected in 1998. He also served twice as the chairman of the Alabama Republican Party. A prominent figure in Alabama politics, Hubbard got his start when he helped former Governor Bob Riley win his campaign. His years in Alabama politics included changes to the state’s ethics code. After charges were announced against him, he called the investigation a “political witch hunt.”

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