|Speaker of the Alabama House of Representatives|
June 10, 2016 – August 15, 2016
|Preceded by||Mike Hubbard|
|Succeeded by||Mac McCutcheon|
|Speaker pro tempore of the Alabama House of Representatives|
|Assumed office |
December 8, 2010
|Preceded by||Demetrius Newton|
|Member of the Alabama House of Representatives|
from the 100th district
|Assumed office |
January 17, 1983
|Preceded by||J. Thomas Sandusky|
|Born||January 15, 1943|
Mobile, Alabama, U.S.
|Education||University of Southern|
University of South Alabama (MA)
Auburn University (EdD)
Alabama House of Representatives
Gaston was first elected to represent the 100th district in the Alabama House of Representatives in 1982. He was elected by his colleagues to serve as Speaker Pro Tempore in December 2010 for a special session after the Republicans gained a majority during the 2010 mid-term elections. He was re-elected to full four-year terms in 2011 and 2015.
Acting Speaker of the House
Gaston became the Acting Speaker of the Alabama House of House per state law and House rules after incumbent Speaker Mike Hubbard was convicted on 12 felony counts of public corruption. Alabama law requires any public office holder immediately removed from office if they have been convicted of a felony.
Gaston will serve as Acting Speaker until the full House reconvenes to elect a permanent Speaker. With the chamber adjourned sine die for the rest of 2016, Gov. Robert J. Bentley would have to call a special session or the election of a permanent Speaker would have to wait until the House reconvenes in February 2017.
In June 2016, Gaston announced that he would seek the job of Speaker on a permanent basis.
He also sits on the Advisory Council for the Assistance League of Mobile, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), the State Building Commission, and the Southwest Alabama division of the National Mental Health Association. He is a member of Phi Delta Kappa, and a former member of the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars and the United States Energy Council. Additionally, he serves on the Boards of Volunteers of America, the Penelope House, Home of Grace for Women, Mobile Mental Health Center, the Mobile Association of Retarded Citizens, and Alabama 4-H Club Foundation.
- Legislature biography
- "REPRESENTATIVE GASTON, VICTOR". The Alabama Legislature. Retrieved June 11, 2016.
- David White (December 7, 2010). "Republicans nominate Victor Gaston speaker pro-tem". The Birmingham News. Retrieved June 11, 2016.
- Brandon Moseley (January 14, 2015). "Mike Hubbard Re-Elected As Speaker". Alabama Political Reporter. Retrieved June 11, 2016.
- Mike Cason (June 10, 2016). "Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard convicted on 12 counts". The Birmingham News. Retrieved June 11, 2016.
- John Sharp (June 14, 2016). "Why Acting Alabama House Speaker Victor Gaston's 'steady hand' could be the 'perfect choice'". The Birmingham News. Retrieved June 15, 2016.
- Mike Cason (June 22, 2016). "Rep. Victor Gaston won't seek Alabama House speaker position". The Birmingham News. Retrieved July 10, 2016.
- Mental Health Association SouthWest Alabama
- Kathryn Coumanis, You Can't Beat An Alabama Woman, Xlibris, Corp., 2010, p. 50 [self-published source]
- Alabama 4-H Club Foundation Board
- Spring Hill Baptist Church: Our History
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| Speaker pro tempore of the Alabama House of Representatives
| Speaker of the Alabama House of Representatives