Mike Hubbard

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Mike Hubbard
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Alabama House of Representatives District 79
Incumbent
In office
1998-Present
Term ends
November 5, 2014
Years in position 16
PartyRepublican
Leadership
Speaker of the House, Alabama State House of Representatives
2010-present
Compensation
Base salary$10/day
Per diem$4,308/month
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First elected1998
Term limitsN/A
Education
OtherABJ, University of Georgia, 1983
Personal
BirthdayFebruary 11, 1962
Place of birthHartwell, GA
ProfessionPresident, International Sports Properties, Auburn Project
ReligionMethodist
Websites
Office website
Personal website
CandidateVerification
Mike Hubbard (b. February 11, 1962) is a Republican member of the Alabama House of Representatives, representing District 79, Lee County. He was first elected in 1998 and currently serves as Speaker of the House and chairman of the Alabama Republican Party.

Hubbard is currently facing felony charges related to potential ethics violations.

Biography

Hubbard's professional experience includes working as the President of International Sports Properties Auburn Project, President of Auburn Network, Incorporated from 1994 to 2003, General Manager of Host Communications from 1990 to 1994 and as Associate Sports Information Director for Auburn University from 1984 to 1990.

In May 2011, Governing Magazine named Hubbard one of 17 "GOP Legislators to Watch." Each of the legislators was selected on the basis of qualities like leadership, ambition, and political potential.[1]

Committee assignments

2011-2012

Hubbard served on these committees in the 2011-2012 legislative session:

Issues

2010 elections

A New York Times series in January 2014 explored the growing number of trifectas. The series listed six issues that have been increasing in prominence in trifecta states: Abortion, Medicaid, Minimum Wage, Same-Sex Marriage, Unions and Voter Identification.[2] Hubbard was featured in one of the articles as a leader behind the effort to flip the Alabama State Legislature from Democratic to Republican in 2010. Hubbard raised millions of dollars by traveling across the country, pitching a strategy of how Republicans could win the chambers. Hubbard looked for assistance from the Republican State Leadership Committee, among other entities. "Their job is to flip legislatures, and we wanted them to help us flip Alabama," he said. Hubbard traveled helping raise money for the Republican State Leadership Committee, which raised more than $30 million prior to the 2010 elections, working to elect Republican legislatures across the country. "The conversation was, ‘I’ve got some people in Alabama who are very interested in giving money to help elect Republicans to state legislatures, and I would hope that if we help raise money for you, you will help us win in Alabama," Hubbard said.[3]

Presidential preference

2012

See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Mike Hubbard endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [4]

Elections

2014

See also: Alabama House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Alabama House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on June 3, 2014; a runoff election took place where necessary on July 15, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was February 7, 2014. Shirley Scott-Harris was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Incumbent Mike Hubbard defeated Fred Toomer in the Republican primary. Hubbard then defeated Scott-Harris in the general election.[5][6][7][8][9]

Alabama House of Representatives, District 79 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMike Hubbard Incumbent 60.2% 2,947
Fred Toomer 39.8% 1,948
Total Votes 4,895

While there was early speculation he might run for Governor, Hubbard announced in June 2012 that he would not run for Governor of Alabama in 2014.[10]

2010

See also: Alabama House of Representatives elections, 2010

Hubbard won re-election to the 79th District seat in 2010. He had no opposition.[11]

2006

On November 7, 2006, Hubbard was re-elected to the 79th District Seat in the Alabama House of Representatives, defeating opponents Carolyn Ellis (D) and Dick Clark (L).[12]

Hubbard raised $748,446 for his campaign, while Ellis raised $517,195 and Clark did not file a campaign finance report.[13]

Alabama State House, District 79 (2006)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Mike Hubbard (R) 7,082
Carolyn Ellis (D) 5,207
Dick Clark (L) 396

Campaign donors

2010

In 2010, Hubbard raised $540,478 in contributions.[14]

His four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Alabama Ass0Ciated General Contractors $25,000
Alabama Forestry Association $25,000
Hubbard, Michael G $20,000
Perry, Bob $20,000
ED PAC $20,000

2006

In 2006, Hubbard raised $748,446 in donations.

Below are Hubbard's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2006 election:[15]

Contributor 2006 total
Michael G Hubbard $150,000
Business Council of AL $47,500
AL Republican Party $40,000
AL Farmers Federation $27,410
AL Forestry Assoc $24,000

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Personal

Hubbard and his wife, Susan, have two children.

Hubbard is a member of the Alabama Broadcasters' Association, Auburn-Opelika Airport Advisory Board, Auburn United Methodist Church, Auburn Chamber of Commerce, and the Auburn Kiwanis Club.[16]

Controversies

Felony indictment

On October 20, 2014, a grand jury indicted Hubbard on 23 total counts. The charges include: "four counts of using of his office as Chairman of the Alabama Republican Party for personal gain, one count of voting for legislation with a conflict of interest, eleven counts of soliciting or receiving a thing of value from a lobbyist or principal, two counts of using his office as a member of the Alabama House of Representatives for personal gain, four Counts of lobbying an executive department or agency for a fee and one count of using state equipment and materials for private gain." Each count carries a maximum penalty of two to 20 years in prison and $30,000 in fines. Hubbard was booked in the Lee County jail that same day. The indictment does not remove him from his position in the legislature or his role as speaker.[17]

Hubbard suggested that these charges are nothing more than a witch hunt. In a statement, he said, "Friends, if there was any doubt that this was a political witch hunt, I think it is pretty clear right now that is exactly what it is. This has been going on for two years, dragging on and on, and here they come two weeks before an election and make these allegations. The fact is that we've done some great things in this state and some powerful people don't like it."[17]

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