2023 Alabama Legislative Update

Monday Jan 23, 2023 • Jackson Center



WELCOME & INTRODUCTIONS: Lynn Troy, 2023 Board Chair, Huntsville/Madison County Chamber

INVOCATION & INTRODUCTION: Ronnie Chronister, Chamber Vice Chair, Government & Public Affairs

REMARKS: Rep. Nathaniel Ledbetter, Speaker of the House, Alabama House of Representatives

INTRODUCTION: Chrystal Morgan, Chair, Chamber State Government Committee

REMARKS: Sen. Arthur Orr, Finance & Taxation Education Committee Chair, Alabama Senate


REMARKS: Sen. Clay Scofield, Majority Leader, Alabama Senate

INTRODUCTION: Tracy Doughty, Co-Chair, Chamber State Government Committee

REMARKS: Rep. Anthony Daniels, Minority Leader, Alabama House of Representatives

INTRODUCTION: Chrystal Morgan

REMARKS: Rep. Rex Reynolds, Chair, Ways and Means Committee

Representative Nathaniel Ledbetter

Representative Nathaniel Ledbetter was elected Speaker of the Alabama House of Representatives on Jan 10 of 2023. He was first elected to represent Alabama's 24th House district in 2014, which includes parts of DeKalb County. Prior to his election to the Alabama House, he was elected to the Rainsville City Council in 1984 at the age of 23, and later ran unopposed for mayor and held the post until 2002. In March 2017, he succeeded Micky Hammon as the majority leader in the House of Representatives.

He is the former president of the United Givers Fund of Dekalb County and served on the Board of Directors. He also held seats on the Dekalb Tourist Boards, the North East Alabama Agri-Business Center Board, the Made in Dekalb Board and served on the steering committee for the Dekalb Technical School.

He is a lifelong resident of Dekalb County and is married to the former Teresa Wilks. They have two sons, Nathan and Nick and are the grandparents to three boys and a girl. They are members of Broadway Baptist Church.

Arthur Orr

Since his election in 2006, Arthur has sponsored, and seen his colleagues pass, numerous bills to make government more transparent and efficient, thereby saving the taxpayers money, along with tightening campaign finance laws. He was instrumental in the creation and location of the Robotics Technology Park in Limestone County, the Alabama School of Cyber Technology and Engineering in Madison County and the Alabama Center for the Arts in Morgan County.

Arthur has also been a part of business recruitment teams that led to billions in economic investment and thousands of jobs over the three counties he represents. He now chairs the $17 billion Senate Budget Committee for Education and several other legislative committees. He served as Chairman of the Alabama Bicentennial Commission created to celebrate the State’s 200th Anniversary. For his efforts both in and out of the legislature, Arthur has been named to every Yellowhammer News “Power and Influence” list since its inception as one of the State’s most impactful leaders. He has also received many national, regional, state and local awards from education, business, agriculture, government and volunteer entities. He enjoys reading, jogging and travel – having visited or lived in over 70 countries.

Arthur and his wife of over twenty years, the former Amy Bethshares of Decatur, have one son named Jack and a daughter, Anna. He and his family are members of Redeemer Presbyterian Church where he serves as an Elder and adult Sunday school class teacher.

Read more about Senator Orr.

Senator Clay Scofield

District 9 (Blount, DeKalb, Madison & Marshall Counties)

Senator Majority Leader Clay Scofield proudly represents District 9 in the Alabama State Senate, which includes Blount, Madison, and Marshall Counties. He was first elected to the Senate on November 2, 2010. Senator Scofield was elected by his colleagues in November 2020 to serve as the Majority Leader for the Senate Republican Caucus. As party leader, Senator Scofield works alongside President Pro Tem Greg Reed to focus on job creation, government right-sizing, and the protection of individual freedoms. He sits on the Rules, Agriculture Conservation and Forestry, Banking and Insurance, Finance and Taxation Education, and Fiscal Responsibility and Economic Development Committees.

Senator Scofield received his Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, Business and Economics from Auburn University, and he is a third-generation farmer. A member of the Church of Christ, Senator Scofield’s interests include hunting and other outdoor activities, and spending time with his family.

Representative Anthony Daniels

House Minority Leader Anthony Daniels represents Alabama House of Representatives District 53, located in the Huntsville area of Madison County.

In 2015, Anthony was named Alabama State Legislator of the Year by his colleagues in the House Democratic Caucus. While still in his first term, he was elected by his Democratic colleagues to serve as their leader in the House. He is both the youngest and the first African American to hold this position in modern history.

Under his leadership, the House Democratic Caucus has already made great strides. During the 2017 session, House Democrats successfully mounted an organized effort to fight back against and stop several measures from passing. For the first time in several years, the Democratic Caucus also developed and unveiled a policy platform and has laid the groundwork to ensure additional strides for the near future.

After growing up in Midway, Alabama, Anthony graduated cum laude from Alabama A&M University with a Bachelor's degree in elementary education in 2005. Anthony went on to earn a Master's degree in special education in 2010, also from Alabama A&M University, and completed a certification in education fundraising from Dartmouth College in 2012.

Anthony was elected as chairman of the National Education Association (NEA) Student Program, where he represented more than 62,000 college students on more than 1,100 campuses nationwide. Working in D.C., his leadership and collaboration with numerous organizations fostered the passage of the College Cost and Reduction Act of 2007, which was signed into law by President George W. Bush.

As a leading voice on issues of college access and affordability and in his role as NEA chairman, Anthony testified before Department of Education committee hearings, spoke to groups throughout the country, and was regularly interviewed on national television, nationally syndicated radio programs, and in various magazines.

Anthony continues to advocate for a quality education as a public servant and as a former elementary school teacher. His experience includes teaching third grade at the Academy of Science and Foreign Language, fourth grade at University Place Elementary (a Title I school), and a fourth and fifth grade blended-class at Cochiti Middle School on an Indian reservation.

In January 2012, Anthony returned to his Alma Mater as Corporate and Foundations Relations Officer, a position he held until November 2014 when he was elected to the State Legislature. He currently owns and operates two small businesses, which he owns with his wife, Dr. Teneshia Daniels.

He is an active member of his community as a member of the Downtown Huntsville Rotary Club and the Huntsville Country Club, and he received the 2016 Business Champion Award from the Alabama Business Council. He has also been selected as one of 14 leaders from across the country to join the NewDEAL (Developing Exceptional American Leaders), a selective national network of state and local leaders working to enact pro-growth, progressive solutions. The NewDEAL program is focused on expanding opportunity, helping leaders like Anthony to develop and spread innovative ideas that spur economic growth that is broadly-earned and sustainable.

Anthony is a small business owner, a community activist, a husband, and a father to two daughters and a son.

Representative Rex Reynolds

Reynolds is a Huntsville native, attended public schools in Madison County, and later earned his Masters Degree in Public Safety and Justice Administration from Auburn University-Montgomery. He began his career in 1980 with the Huntsville Police Department. Reynolds was promoted through the ranks, serving in numerous Special Operation Units, with a focus on Major Crimes and Narcotics Enforcement. In 2004 Reynolds was named Police Chief, and in 2007 he was appointed to serve as Huntsville’s first Public Safety Director. In 2008, under a restructure by Mayor Tommy Battle, Reynolds served as Battle’s City Administrator until he retired from the City of Huntsville in 2013.

Reynolds has been a community leader for many years. He served with the United Way, National Children’s Advocacy Board, the Alabama Narcotic Officers Association, and the Huntsville Sports Commission Board. He has served on the boards of the Partnership for a Drug Free Community, Crime Stoppers, the Boys and Girls Clubs, the Madison County Alternative Sentencing Commission, and the Alabama Retired State Employees Association. In 2013 he was appointed by the Alabama Legislature to the Madison County Judicial Selection Committee.

Most notable recognitions include the Whitney Young Jr. Community Service Award, Hall of Fame Inductee to the Boys and Girls Clubs of North Alabama, Spirit of Partnership, and the 2013 Commanders award for Public Service by the Department of the Army.

Rex Reynolds is married to Mary Fennell Reynolds, and has two sons and three grandsons. He was elected to the Alabama House of Representatives District 21 on March 27th 2018 in a special election and was re-elected in 2022.