A member of the county’s legislative delegation received an appointment to the state’s executive administration Thursday.
In a press release, Gov. Robert Bentley announced Thursday that he is appointing Rep. Blaine Galliher, R-Rainbow City, to serve in the Bentley Administration as Legislative Director, effective Wednesday, Aug. 1.
“It’s kind of a liason role between the governor’s office, the legislature and other elected officials,” Galliher said. “Mostly concentrating on the legislature. Just being a bridge between the governor’s office and the legislature.”
Galliher has served Alabama’s House District 30, which includes the northern part of St. Clair County, since 1994.
“I think he (Galliher) went into office two years after I did,” said Stan Batemon, chairman of the St. Clair County Commission. “Whatever the role the governor has prepared for Rep. Galliher I’m sure will be good for St. Clair County. He’s got a lot of friends in St. Clair County and he’s always represented us very well.
“It’s an overall good thing, whatever his role is going to be.”
Galliher will step down from his District 30 seat in order to assume his new role, according to the release. His new responsibilities include “working closely with the Alabama Legislature in carrying out Gov. Bentley’s legislative agenda.”
I’ve been so blessed to have the honor, to have served,” he said. “At times, it’s been very difficult – it just consumes a lot of you. At the same time, it’s one of those jobs that also provides you with a great sense of satisfaction, when you’re able to see things come together that help others, that improve things.
“I think the 18 years I’ve been a part of the legislature, there’s been a lot of positive change for Alabama. I feel so blessed to be part of that change, and look forward to continuing for the people of Alabama.”
His fellow legislators were complimentary of Galliher’s time in the House.
“Blaine will be good at whatever he wants to do,” said Rep. Jim McClendon, R-Springville. “I think he’ll be a real asset for Gov. Bentley. The coordination of effort between those two different branches of government is important, and I think Blaine will be very good.
“I think he will be a real benefit to Gov. Bentley. I think it’s an excellent decision on the governor’s part to get Blaine to take this job.”
Senate president pro-tem Del Marsh, R-Anniston — also a member of St. Clair County’s legislative delegation — echoed McClendon’s sentiments.
“Rep. Galliher is a model statesman and has always been a pleasure to work with,” Marsh said. “This move further solidifies the already positive working relationship between Governor Bentley’s administration and the Legislature, and we look forward to working with Representative Galliher in his new role.”
Bentley’s office will now set a special election to fill the District 30 seat.
“I think if you will look back at the approval ratings that came out recently indicated that the people in the state are in favor of the direction the legislature and the governor are going,” Galliher said. “It would be my hope that District 30 would continue to elect a progressive conservative to fill my seat.”