— MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama House Speaker Republican Rep. Mike Hubbard of Auburn has been elected chairman of the Southern Legislative Conference.
Hubbard was elected chairman of the organization that includes legislators from 15 Southern states at the organization's annual meeting Tuesday in Charleston, W.Va.
As chairman, Hubbard will be host of next year's meeting in Mobile. Hubbard was the unanimous choice to replace West Virginia House Speaker Rick Thompson as chairman.
Hubbard said the conference provides quality assistance and research for legislators whether they are Republicans or Decmocrats. He said he's committed to maintaining the organization's value as a resource for lawmakers.
Member states of the organization include Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.