Another Alabama State House member resigns

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August 13, 2013


By Nick Katers

MONTGOMERY, Alabama: Representative Jim Barton (R) announced his resignation from the Alabama House of Representatives last week. He is leaving his seat in District 104 to join lobbying firm Kinney Capitol Group. Barton becomes the second House member in the past month to resign, following Jay Love’s resignation on August 1, 2013. Both seats will be filled by special elections to be determined by Governor Robert Bentley. The Alabama House has experienced seven resignations since the 2010 general election.[1]

Barton was first elected to the House in November 2000. He served as the chair of the Ways and Means General Fund Committee from 2011 to 2013. Representative Steve Clouse will replace Barton as the committee chairman in the 2014 legislative session and served as interim chair during Barton’s failed 2012 State Senate campaign.[2]

State law prohibits Barton from lobbying his former chamber until 2015. He is able to lobby the State Senate immediately as he never served in that chamber.[1][3]

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