Mike Hubbard (politician)

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Mike Hubbard
65th Speaker of the Alabama House of Representatives
Incumbent
Assumed office
2011
Governor Robert Bentley
Preceded by Seth Hammett
Member of the Alabama House of Representatives
from the 79th district
Incumbent
Assumed office
1999
Preceded by Pete Turnham
Personal details
Born (1962-02-11) February 11, 1962 (age 52)
Hartwell, Georgia
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Dr. Susan Hubbard
Children Clayte
Riley
Residence Auburn, Alabama
Alma mater University of Georgia
Occupation President, Auburn Network, Inc.
Religion Methodist
Website Representative Mike Hubbard

Mike Hubbard is a Republican member of the Alabama House of Representatives, representing the 79th district in Lee County. He was first elected in 1998 and currently serves as Speaker of the Alabama House of Representatives. He previously served six years as House Minority Leader (2004–2010) and two terms as Chairman of the Alabama Republican Party (2007–2011).

As the Alabama GOP Chairman, he created and headed Campaign 2010, the most comprehensive fund-raising and coordinated campaign plan in the Party's history. The effort raised over $5 million and, in the November 2010 General Election, resulted in Republicans winning every statewide office, picking up a congressional seat and taking majorities in both Houses of the Alabama Legislature for the first time in 136 years.

Hubbard is a broadcaster and businessman in Auburn, AL. His company, Auburn Network,Inc, owns and operates four radio stations in the Auburn/Opelika market as well as publishes a quarterly magazine, East Alabama Living, and operates an advertising agency, Network Creative Media. His company sold the multi-media rights to Auburn University athletics to International Sports Properties in 2003. Prior to forming Auburn Network in 1994, he served as General Manager of Host Communications (1990–1994), and Associate Sports Information Director for Auburn University (1984–1990).

During his athletic media career, he worked on the campaigns of two Heisman Trophy winners, Herschel Walker at Georgia and Bo Jackson at Auburn. As a student assistant in the athletic media relations office at Georgia, he spearheaded the Heisman campaign of his college roommate, All-America defensive back Terry Hoage, who finished fifth in the 1983 Heisman balloting, at the time the highest finish ever for a defensive back.

He is a member of the Alabama Broadcasters' Association, Auburn-Opelika Airport Advisory Board, Auburn United Methodist Church, Auburn Chamber of Commerce, and the Auburn Kiwanis Club.[1]

After the Republicans took control of the State House in the 2010 elections, Hubbard was elected the first Republican Speaker of the House since Reconstruction.

In 2012, he authored a book about the 2010 Republican takeover in Alabama entitled Storming The State House: The Campaign That Liberated Alabama from 136 Years of Democrat Rule (Montgomery: NewSouth Books).

In the 2014 primary Mike Hubbard will be challenged by local Auburn businessman Fred "Sandy" Toomer.[2]

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Alabama House of Representatives
Preceded by
Pete Turnham
Member of the Alabama House of Representatives, 79th district
1998–
Incumbent
Political offices
Preceded by
Seth Hammett
Speaker of the Alabama House of Representatives
2010–
Incumbent