— Bennett has served in state government for well over 30 years. He was a member of the Alabama State House of Representatives from 1978-1983 and a member of the State Senate from 1983-1993. Jim was appointed Labor Commissioner in 2003 and was re-appointed in 2006 and 2011. Bennett currently serves as Chairman of the Jacksonville State University Board of Trustees.
Bennett will not be a candidate for Secretary of State in 2014.
Upon announcing Bennett’s appointment, Governor Bentley also praised Beth Chapman for her years of service.
“Beth Chapman has done an outstanding job as Secretary of State, and I appreciate so much her public service to Alabama,” Governor Bentley said. “She has always worked hard to protect everyone’s right to vote, especially our men and women who serve in the military. I have the utmost respect for her. Her honesty and integrity are above reproach. I wish her the very best.”