The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

November 29, 2012

McCutcheon to chair state House Rules Committee


From staff reports

— State Rep. Mac McCutcheon, R-Capshaw, has been selected to serve as chairman of the House Rules Committee.

He replaces former State Rep. Blaine Galliher, who resigned from the House in order to join Gov. Robert Bentley’s administration as legislative director.

“Mac possesses a tireless work ethic and commands the respect and trust of House members on both sides of the aisle, and each of those qualities are vital to the post of Rules Committee chairman,” said House Speaker Mike Hubbard.  “His experience as a legislator, his personal background, and his innate sense of fairness make Mac uniquely qualified to serve in this important and influential post.”

McCutcheon said he understands the responsibility being handed him and looks forward to the challenges that await in his new role.

“I appreciate the trust that the Speaker and my House colleagues have placed in me, and I’ll work every day to justify their faith and confidence,” he said.  “My predecessor set a good example as chairman, and, like him, I’ll encourage the Rules Committee members to give every legislator, regardless of Party or position, equal consideration when deciding which bills will be placed on the agenda.  I plan to push for healthy debate and discussion of bills on the House floor.”

Prior to serving in the House, McCutcheon worked in law enforcement for 25 years with both the Huntsville Police Department and the Huntsville City Court System.  His postings include service as a police officer, police trainer, major crimes investigator, hostage negotiator and probation officer.

Elected to the House in 2006, McCutcheon has represented the communities of Capshaw, Monrovia, East Limestone, Madison City and a portion of Huntsville.  He has held seats on the Ways and Means General Fund Committee, the Transportation, Utilities and Infrastructure Committee and the Madison County Legislation Committee.

A native of Madison County, McCutcheon is a member of the College Park Church of God.  He and his wife, Debbie, are the parents of two children and have two grandchildren.