House Speaker-designate Nathaniel Ledbetter (R-Rainsville) announced eight more Alabama State Representatives he intends to appoint to committee chairs if he is elected in January.

Ledbetter has represented District 24 since 2014. Since 2017, he’s served as House Majority Leader. He was nominated in November for Speaker of the House and is expected to win the election in January.

If Ledbetter wins his election, he will replace Mac McCutcheon, who has been speaker since 2016 but decided not to seek reelection. Now, Ledbetter intends to appoint both incumbent chairs as well as new leadership. 

Ledbetter announced the first round of his intentions in late November and a second round earlier this month. He released his third round Wednesday morning.

Among the recently announced intended new leadership appointments are:

Rep. Ginny Shaver (R-Leesburg): Shaver has served in the Alabama House since 2018 and is a certified municipal clerk. She previously worked for the city of Gadsden and owned a bookkeeping business. Ledbetter said he intends to appoint Shaver to the House Children & Senior Advocacy Committee, which she has served on before.

Rep. Matt Simpson (R-Daphne): Simpson has also served in the Alabama House since 2018. He is an attorney who worked with child victims in Baldwin County and now works with Davis, Davis & Associates Law Firm. Ledbetter intends to appoint him to the House Ethics & Campaign Finance Committee, on which he’s previously served.

Rep. David Standridge (R-Hayden): Standridge has served in the Alabama House since 2012. Before that, he was a Blount County probate judge, chairman of the Blount County Commission, member of the Blount County Board of Education, and a law enforcement officer. He’s chaired the House Rural Caucus since 2014 and has previously served as the vice chair of the House Rural & Urban Development Committee, of which Ledbetter intends to make him chair.

Rep. Corley Ellis (R-Columbiana): Ellis also previously served as the vice chair of the committee that Ledbetter intents to appoint him to. Ellis has served in the State House since 2016. Before then, he was a Shelby County Commissioner. Ledbetter intends to appoint him to chair the House Insurance Committee. 

Rep. Chris Sells R-Greenville): Sells, elected to the Alabama House in 2014, has been vice chair of the House State Government Committee for the last four years. Now, Ledbetter intends to appoint him as chair of that committee. 

Ledbetter also recently announced he intends to reappoint three chairs: Rep. Chris Blackshear (R-Phenix City) of the House Financial Services Committee, Rep. Andy Whitt (R-Harvest) of the House Economic Development & Tourism Committee and Rep. Allen Treadaway (R-Morris) of the House Public Safety & Homeland Security Committee.

“All of them have the knowledge and skills necessary to lead their committees and ensure that bills and measures are well vetted before reaching the House floor,” Ledbetter stated.

To connect with the author of this story, or to comment, email or find him on Twitter and Facebook.

Don’t miss out! Subscribe to our newsletter and get our top stories every weekday morning.