DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — On Friday, Rep. Steve Clouse of District 93 announced he is running for the Alabama Speaker of the House.
Clouse has been in the Alabama House of Representatives for 27 years, and he believes he’s ready for a new task.
“I feel like I’ve got the qualifications to lead the house. It’s a job that’s basically like being a manager of the institution,” Clouse said. “Appointing the committees, setting the agenda, setting the time and the days, making sure the operations inside the statehouse with employees are running smooth.”
In order for Clouse to become Speaker of the House, he has to be re-elected as the representative in his district before members of the House can vote on who they want as speaker.
According to Clouse, he is prepared to garner support.
“It’s simply a matter of wearing out shoe leather. Going to see different house members, having one on one meetings with them. Finding out what their particular interests are for their district, what their interests are for the state.”
Political analyst Steve Flowers believes if Clouse were to become speaker, it would be very beneficial for the Wiregrass.
“You not only preside over the house the way the lieutenant governor presides over the senate, but you also select all the committees and all the committee chairman, and so it’s a very powerful job and it would be a good job for someone for the Wiregrass to have,” Flowers said. “It would help our part of the state.”
Clouse has served with four different speakers and five different governors, which he believes will bode well for him.
“I have a varied interest there with different leadership styles, and I’ll be able to apply those experiences to be able t run the house with my own style,” Clouse said.