MONTGOMERY – Alabama Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard (R-Auburn) announced Monday that Representative Alan Harper (R-Northport) has been named Chairman of the Economic Development and Tourism Committee and will replace Rep. Barry Mask (R- Wetumpka) who announced his resignation from the House of Representatives effective September 30.
Hubbard said that Harper’s business background and commitment to public service made him the obvious choice for the role.
“Rep. Harper’s career in economic development spans three decades and I’m confident the knowledge and skills he brings to the table will help Alabama continue on its path to being the most business friendly state in the nation,” Hubbard said. “Alan is a trusted and experienced legislator with an incredible work ethic and a career long commitment to public service, all qualities that make him an excellent choice for this position.”
Harper expressed his gratitude to Speaker Hubbard for entrusting him with the position and cited his extensive economic development experience as the key to success in his new role.
“I am deeply honored to have the opportunity to serve as Chairman of this important committee and I appreciate Speaker Hubbard’s confidence in my ability to fill this role,” Rep. Harper stated. “I am committed to bringing more jobs and more business to the state of Alabama and I know that the important work we do on this committee will help make that happen. I have a proven track record of job creation in West Alabama and I’m eager to expand those successful efforts across the state.”
Harper was elected to serve House District 61 in 2006 and was re-elected to the seat in 2010. Harper’s career spans local government, public education, banking and nearly 30 years in economic development. In addition to his service on the Economic Development and Tourism Committee, Harper also serves on the Rules Committee which sets the agenda for each legislative day.
Rep. Harper will officially take over as chairman of the committee on October 1.