Cullman’s Gudger named vice chair of AL Senate’s Committee on Fiscal Responsibility and Economic Development

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Then Cullman City Council President Garlan Gudger passed the gavel to Dr. Jenny Folsom in August 2018. Now in the Alabama Senate, Gudger was named to a number of committees on Wednesday. (Cullman Tribune file photo)

MONTGOMERY – The Alabama Senate Committee on Assignments on Wednesday announced Senate Standing Committee appointments for the 2019-2022 quadrennium. Sen. Garlan Gudger, R-Cullman was named to five of those committees and as vice chair of the Committee on Fiscal Responsibility and Economic Development.

Committee on Rules                              

  • Jabo Waggoner (Chair)
  • Clay Scofield (Vice Chair)
  • Gerald Allen
  • Linda Coleman-Madison
  • Vivian Figures
  • Jimmy Holley
  • Steve Livingston
  • Jim McClendon
  • Tim Melson
  • Arthur Orr
  • Greg Reed
  • Rodger Smitherman

  Committee on Finance & Taxation Education

  • Arthur Orr (Chair)
  • Tim Melson (Vice Chair)
  • Greg Albritton
  • Gerald Allen
  • Donnie Chesteen
  • Priscilla Dunn
  • Vivian Figures
  • Garlan Gudger
  • Jim McClendon
  • Clay Scofield
  • David Sessions
  • Bobby Singleton
  • Rodger Smitherman
  • Jabo Waggoner
  • Tom Whatley

  Committee on Finance & Taxation General Fund

  • Greg Albritton (Chair)
  • Gerald Allen (Vice Chair)
  • Billy Beasley
  • Tom Butler
  • Clyde Chambliss
  • Linda Coleman-Madison
  • Jimmy Holley
  • Steve Livingston
  • Jim McClendon
  • Arthur Orr
  • Malika Sanders-Fortier
  • Larry Stutts
  • Jabo Waggoner
  • Cam Ward

  Committee on Confirmations

  • Clay Scofield (Chair)
  • Jabo Waggoner (Vice Chair)
  • Gerald Allen
  • Will Barfoot
  • David Burkette
  • Vivian Figures
  • Sam Givhan
  • Andrew Jones
  • Greg Reed
  • David Sessions
  • Rodger Smitherman
  • Larry Stutts
  • Cam Ward
  • Tom Whatley
  • Jack Williams

  Committee on Judiciary

  • Cam Ward (Chair)
  • Will Barfoot (Vice Chair)
  • Greg Albritton
  • Linda Coleman-Madison
  • Vivian Figures
  • Sam Givhan
  • Arthur Orr
  • Malika Sanders-Fortier
  • Bobby Singleton
  • Rodger Smitherman
  • Larry Stutts
  • Tom Whatley

  Committee on Government Affairs

  • Jimmy Holley (Chair)
  • Chris Elliott (Vice Chair)
  • Greg Albritton
  • Clyde Chambliss
  • Linda Coleman-Madison
  • Sam Givhan
  • Garlan Gudger
  • Arthur Orr
  • Dan Roberts
  • Malika Sanders-Fortier
  • Shay Shelnutt

  Committee on Education Policy

  • Tim Melson (Chair)
  • Donnie Chesteen (Vice Chair)
  • David Burkette
  • Tom Butler
  • Priscilla Dunn
  • Chris Elliott
  • Vivian Figures
  • Jim McClendon
  • Randy Price
  • Shay Shelnutt

  Committee on Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry

  • Tom Whatley (Chair)
  • David Sessions (Vice Chair)
  • Billy Beasley
  • Chris Elliott
  • Garlan Gudger
  • Andrew Jones
  • Steve Livingston
  • Tim Melson
  • Randy Price
  • Clay Scofield
  • Bobby Singleton
  • Larry Stutts
  • Jack Williams

  Committee on Banking & Insurance

  • Shay Shelnutt (Chair)
  • Jack Williams (Vice Chair)
  • Will Barfoot
  • David Burkette
  • Donnie Chesteen
  • Chris Elliott
  • Andrew Jones
  • Steve Livingston
  • Randy Price
  • Dan Roberts
  • Clay Scofield
  • Bobby Singleton
  • Rodger Smitherman
  • Jabo Waggoner
  • Tom Whatley

  Committee on Fiscal Responsibility and Economic Development

  • Steve Livingston (Chair)
  • Garlan Gudger (Vice Chair)
  • Will Barfoot
  • Tom Butler
  • Clyde Chambliss
  • Priscilla Dunn
  • Arthur Orr
  • Dan Roberts
  • Malika Sanders-Fortier
  • Clay Scofield
  • Shay Shelnutt
  • Cam Ward

  Committee on Transportation & Energy

  • Gerald Allen (Chair)
  • Dan Roberts (Vice Chair)
  • David Burkette
  • Tom Butler
  • Donnie Chesteen
  • Priscilla Dunn
  • Chris Elliott
  • Sam Givhan
  • Andrew Jones
  • Steve Livingston
  • Randy Price
  • Greg Reed
  • David Sessions

  Committee on Healthcare

  • Jim McClendon (Chair)
  • Larry Stutts (Vice Chair)
  • Billy Beasley
  • Tom Butler
  • Donnie Chesteen
  • Linda Coleman-Madison
  • Tim Melson
  • Greg Reed
  • Dan Roberts
  • Cam Ward
  • Tom Whatley
  • Jack Williams

  Committee on Children, Youth & Human Services

  • Larry Stutts (Chair)
  • Andrew Jones (Vice Chair)
  • Greg Albritton
  • Will Barfoot
  • Billy Beasley
  • Clyde Chambliss
  • Linda Coleman-Madison
  • Sam Givhan
  • Jimmy Holley
  • Dan Roberts
  • Malika Sanders-Fortier
  • Shay Shelnutt
  • Jack Williams

  Committee on Tourism

  • Del Marsh (Chair)
  • Randy Price (Vice Chair)
  • Billy Beasley
  • Priscilla Dunn
  • Chris Elliott
  • Garlan Gudger
  • Andrew Jones
  • Tim Melson
  • David Sessions
  • Bobby Singleton
  • Rodger Smitherman

  Committee on Veterans & Military Affairs

  • Tom Butler (Chair)
  • Sam Givhan (Vice Chair)
  • Will Barfoot
  • Billy Beasley
  • David Burkette
  • Donnie Chesteen
  • Jimmy Holley
  • Malika Sanders-Fortier

  Committee on Local Legislation (LL1)

  • Clyde Chambliss (Chair)
  • Del Marsh
  • Greg Reed

 Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh (R-Anniston) thanked the committee for their work.
 
“I want to thank the Committee on Assignments for their work on these committees, they did a fantastic job of matching Senators with the committee that best takes advantage of their strengths and abilities,” Marsh said. “I look forward to working with these members in the upcoming session. There are some tough issues facing the state and I believe these committees and their members are best equipped to address these issues in a way that benefits the people of Alabama.”   
 
Senate Majority Leader Greg Reed (R-Jasper) was excited to see the new committees in action. 
 
“Committees are the backbone of the legislative process, a place where bills are refined and improved and ideas are vigorously debated,” Senator Reed said. “Like the entire Senate, the committee chairmen come from all walks of life and include small business owners, doctors, farmers, former teachers, and attorneys from every region of our state. The 4.8 million citizens of Alabama deserve the best leadership possible, and I am confident that these citizen-lawmakers will ably lead the Senate’s fifteen committees during the new legislative term.”
 
Senate Minority Leader Bobby Singleton (D-Greensboro) praised the way committee assignments were handled.  
 
“Because we are in the minority we’re only going to get so many seats on committees. However, I think what has been done was fair based on the percentage of people that we have,” said Senator Singleton. “There were only two committees that we didn’t get seats, the Committee on Assignment and the Local Legislation Committee, but I would have liked to have representation on those as well, and of course we would love some chairmanships.”