Speaker of the House Nathaniel Ledbetter (R-Russellville) announced on Monday that State Rep. Kenneth Paschal (R-Pelham) will serve on several key committees in the new quadrennium.  

Paschal will serve as vice chair of the House Military & Veterans Affairs Committee during the current quadrennium and will also hold seats on the House Education Policy and House Constitution, Campaigns & Elections committees.

“Since joining the Alabama House, Rep. Paschal has proven himself to be a strong leader who does his homework and remains informed about the issues before the body,” Ledbetter said in a statement. “He will be a strong asset as vice chair of the Military & Veterans Affairs Committee as we work to meet the needs of current and former service members and their dependents.”

Paschal was recently elected for his first full term after winning his seat in a special election in July 2021.  

“I look forward to using my vice chair position to stand up for the men and women who have answered the call to duty and reside in Alabama,” Paschal said.  

“Providing our children with a public education that prepares them for the 21st Century workplace and ensuring that Alabama’s elections are honest, accurate, and efficient are important duties of our state government,” Paschal stated. “I take seriously the great responsibility that comes with serving on the committees that guide public education policy and govern how our elections are run.”

Paschal, who heads the minority outreach initiative on behalf of the Alabama Republican Party, has previously mentioned his possible support for school choice while still stressing the need to properly define terms before the March session.

Paschal was one of the first to pre-file a bill in the House for the upcoming regular session, saying he intends to make parental rights fundamental.

According to Paschal, the bill would increase the veracity of parental rights and require the government to present a "compelling reason" before overriding the rights of a parent.

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