Republican representatives select Rep. Mac McCutcheon as Speaker Nominee

Montgomery, Ala. (CBS42/Stephon Dingle)

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WIAT) — Early on Tuesday, there were reports that republican representatives were meeting behind closed doors to select a replacement to fill the vacant House Speaker seat.

The 70 members of the Alabama House Republican Caucus unanimously selected Rep. Mac McCutcheon (R-Madison) as the nominee for when the group convenes in a special session on August 15, according to a release from Alabama Press.

McCutcheon currently serves as chairman of the House Rules Committee, a position he took after serving for 25 years on the Huntsville Police Department.

“I’m humbled by the faith and confidence that my fellow Republicans have placed in me, and, if elected as Speaker, I pledge to preside in a manner that treats all members of both parties in a fair and honorable manner,” McCutcheon said in the release.  “Our state faces many challenges ranging from education to ethics to ensuring adequate funding for even the most basic government services, and finding needed solutions will require all of us to work together.”

The position would still have to be voted on when the House is back in session. This comes after former House speaker Mike Hubbard was convicted on federal ethics trials and removed from office.

Our news team is working to learn more, and we’ll bring you the latest on that decision Tuesday on CBS 42 news at 5 p.m.

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