New Democratic leadership for Alabama

By Alan Collins

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - It's a new day for Alabama Democrats. For the first time in 136 years, Democrats are the minority party in the state legislature.

Today in Montgomery, Democratic lawmakers in the House of Representatives picked new leadership. Rep. Craig Ford of Gadsden was tapped as minority leader. Thomasville Rep. Thomas Jackson was picked as caucus leader and Anniston Rep. Barbra Boyd as vice chairwoman of the caucus.

The leadership is vowing to work with Governor Bob Riley and his call for a special session on ethics reform.  But the group is also vowing to continue to fight for democratic values such as funding for the elderly and children.

"We are excited. We understand the people of Alabama have spoken. They want republican leadership. We are going to be bi-partisan. It's not our position to stand in their way. Let the Republicans lead, but we are going to be heard," Ford said.

Once the legislature resumes work there will be 66 Republicans and 39 Democrats in the House.

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