Mike Hubbard (politician)

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Mike Hubbard
65th Speaker of the Alabama House of Representatives
Assumed office
November 3, 2010
Preceded by Seth Hammett
Member of the Alabama House of Representatives
from the 79th district
Assumed office
1998
Preceded by Pete Turnham
Personal details
Born (1962-02-11) February 11, 1962 (age 53)
Hartwell, Georgia, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Susan Hubbard
Children Clayte
Riley
Alma mater University of Georgia
Religion Methodism
Website House website

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, owns and operates four radio stations in the Auburn/Opelika market and publishes a quarterly magazine, East Alabama Living. It also 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).

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).[1]

In the 2014 GOP primary Mike Hubbard defeated local Auburn businessman Fred "Sandy" Toomer.[2] [3] Hubbard's challenger in the November general election is Democrat Shirley Scott-Harris. [4]

Corruption charges[edit]

On October 20, 2014, Hubbard was indicted by a special grand jury in Lee County on 23 counts relating to misusing his office for personal gain and soliciting gifts from lobbyists. [5][6] The indictments stem from an investigation carried out by former St. Clair County District Attorney Van Davis, who stepped in after Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange recused himself.

The investigation led to charges against two other Republican legislators, Greg Wren R of Montgomery who pleaded guilty to a charge of knowingly using his office for personal gain and resigned his office.[7] Barry Moore R of Enterprise was charged with perjury and giving false statements, but was eventually found not guilty of all charges.[8]

Hubbard has refused to resign his position/[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Talbot, George (20 June 2012). "Four revelations from Storming the State House". The Birmingham News. Retrieved 22 October 2014. 
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ [2]
  4. ^ http://ballotpedia.org/Shirley_Scott-Harris
  5. ^ Cason, Mike (2014-10-20). "Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard indicted on 23 felony corruption charges by Lee County Grand Jury". al.com. 
  6. ^ Lyman, Bryan (2014-10-20). "Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard arrested". Montgomery Advertiser. 
  7. ^ www.bizjournals.com, Apr 1, 2014, Rep. Greg Wren arrested and convicted by Antrenise Cole, Reporter, Birmingham Business Journal[3]
  8. ^ [4]
  9. ^ http://www.wkrg.com/story/26849369/speaker-hubbard-refuses-to-resign

External links[edit]

Alabama House of Representatives
Preceded by
Pete Turnham
Member of the Alabama House of Representatives
from the 79th district

1998–present
Incumbent
Political offices
Preceded by
Seth Hammett
Speaker of the Alabama House of Representatives
2010–present
Incumbent