Daniels to be named the youngest and first African American Leader in modern Alabama State House history
MONTGOMERY, AL – Alabama State Representative Anthony Daniels was elected Minority Leader by his colleagues in the Democratic House Caucus this morning, making the 34-year-old the youngest and first African American to be named to the post in modern state history. Daniels also ranks among the youngest party leaders nationwide.
“I am humbled by the faith, trust and support provided by my colleagues in Montgomery and I’m looking forward to getting to work,” said Daniels. “Democrats are ready to roll up their sleeves to boost public education, to help businesses create good-paying jobs, and to restore public confidence in Montgomery among the hard-working families of Alabama.”
Rep. Daniels grew up in Midway, Alabama, was first elected in 2014, and has spent his career determined to boost jobs, public education, and college affordability. He is a small business owner and has served as chairman of the National Education Association Student Program, a member of Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle’s Economic Sustainability Council, and worked in the Corporate and Foundation Relations fundraising department at Alabama A&M University, among other positions.
In 2016, Daniels introduced two bills which became law. The first, known as the “Growler Bill”, allows small brewers to sell their product for off-site consumption, boosting the economy and encouraging Alabama breweries to expand. Daniels also introduced the 21st Century Manufacturing Act, which would boost manufacturing and business recruitment by encouraging a greater partnership between industry and local governments.
“As we begin this year’s legislative session, we are ready to reach across the aisle and deliver for Alabamians, but we have to focus on our collective needs – not on controversial bills that divide us and makes it more difficult to attract and retain good paying jobs our people need and deserve. That means moving forward on our efforts to build a stronger business climate, boost both K-12 and higher education, and to balance our budget without trying to do so on the backs of our poor, our senior citizens, and our veterans. That means addressing the needs of rural Alabama as much as we work with our cities. And, yes, that means putting a stop to wasting taxpayer time and dollars on bills and debate that do nothing to make our communities safer or better places to live – and set our state back decades in the process.
“Alabama Democrats have a bold agenda, but words on paper are not enough. From college affordability to simply restoring confidence in government, there is a lot of work to be done in Montgomery. We cannot do that without meeting with, listening to, and engaging communities across the state, and we’re ready to get to work.”
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