By Brandon Moseley

The Alabama Forestry Association (AFA) announced on Friday its endorsement of State Sen. Clyde Chambliss (R-Prattville) who is seeking reelection.

Forests cover more than two-thirds of the state and provide the raw material for Alabama’s second largest manufacturing industry. Forestry provides a $27.7 billion total economic output to the state’s economy.

The Alabama Forestry Association is one of the largest state forestry associations in the country, with membership that includes forestry products manufacturers, landowners, loggers, wood  dealers, foresters, consultants, and others involved in forestry.

“Clyde’s experience as a businessman, engineer and public servant give him unique insight into the needs of our state,” said AFA President and CEO Chris Isaacson. “His voting record is proof that he is committed to making Alabama a better place to live and work by his continued support  of fiscally responsible legislation. We are pleased to stand with him in his bid for reelection.”

“I really appreciate the continued support from the Alabama Forestry Association,” said Sen. Chambliss. “Forest products are a large part of the Alabama economy and I appreciate working with AFA to ensure continued success in these ever changing economic times.”

Chambliss currently serves as Chairman of the Senate Confirmations Committee and is a  member of the Senate Finance and Taxation General Fund Committee.

The AFA said that Sen. Chambliss has sponsored and passed a fiscally responsible budgeting mechanism for the General Fund’s state agency appropriation. This mechanism is modeled after the extremely successful “Rolling Reserve Act” mechanism. This statutory tool continues to provide stable budgeting for the State’s Education Trust Fund, resulting in an unprecedented time period of no proration for education spending since 2010.

Chambliss is a resident of Prattville. In 1992 Chambliss received a degree in engineering from the University of Alabama.  

In 1996, Chambliss was elected to his first of three terms on the Autauga County Commission and served as commission chairman from 2000 to 2008. He spearheaded Autauga County’s participation in the construction of the Capitol Hill Robert Trent Jones golf course.

Chambliss works as the principal engineer for Chambliss Engineering, which provides civil engineering services to local governments, developers, and water systems primarily in Elmore  and Autauga counties.

State Senate District 30 covers all or parts of Autauga, Chilton, Coosa, Elmore and Tallapoosa counties. 

The Republican primary will be on May 24, 2022.