House Majority Leader Scott Stadthagen (R-Hartselle) was recognized as one of the top "50 Under 50" legislators in the nation who best represent the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) principles and values last week.

Stadthagen received the award at ALEC's 50th Anniversary Gala in Washington, D.C. for "his commitment to empowering parents to make the best decisions in their children's education and providing tax relief to his constituents," according to a press release announcing the award.

"Since taking office, I have worked hard to represent and reflect the strong conservative beliefs and core moral values that the constituents in my district and the majority of Alabamians hold close," Stadthagen said in a statement. "While those efforts and the privilege of holding office are already deeply fulfilling, having a respected group like ALEC include me among the nation's top conservative lawmakers makes the honor of public service even more special."

"Leader Stadthagen has been a steadfast defender of ALEC's founding principles of limited government, free markets, and federalism," ALEC CEO Lisa B. Nelson said. "Scott is an invaluable member of the 50-under-50 class, and the men and women of Alabama's ninth House district are lucky to have him as their state representative."

Prior to his successful bid for House Majority Leader earlier this year, Stadthagen was the House sponsor of legislation that requires public school students to use the restroom assigned to their biological gender.

The legislation, co-sponsored by State Sen. Shay Shelnutt (R-Trussville), was passed at the end of the 2022 session.

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