Republican presidential hopeful Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) recently tapped former Alabama Republican Party (ALGOP) chairwoman Terry Lathan to serve as his campaign's Alabama chairman.

Lathan served as ALGOP chair from 2015 to 2021, the longest of any ALGOP chair since 1985. Since then, Lathan has frequently appeared at the state house, advocating for conservative legislation. Notable, Lathan spoke at a press conference during the 2023 legislative session to push for a comprehensive school choice bill.  

"As the longest serving chairman of the Alabama Republican Party since 1985, with decades of grassroots experience, I am proud to endorse Governor Ron DeSantis for our party's nomination for President of the United States," Lathan said. "Through his solid, focused leadership, he has strongly delivered for the people of Florida. Governor DeSantis epitomizes rock solid conservative principles in his actions while fighting insane liberal policies in a statesmanlike manner."

DeSantis is trailing behind the Republican frontrunner, Donald Trump and several federal and state Alabama lawmakers have already endorsed Trump for the party's nominee. Still, DeSantis grabbed the endorsement of State Auditor Andrew Sorrell.

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