MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WIAT) — One of the most powerful men in Alabama politics will not be seeking re-election in 2022.
Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh, R-Anniston, has held that position since Republicans gained control of the Senate in 2010. Marsh, 64, is a business owner and graduate of Auburn University, is serving his sixth term in the Senate.
The news of Marsh not seeking re-election was confirmed by his press secretary.
During his time in the legislature, Marsh pushed for school choice bills, most notably the Alabama Accountability Act. He was also responsible for getting an amendment on the March 3 primary ballot that would have changed how state school board members were selected, which was overwhelmingly rejected by voters.
Marsh is seen as having a strong working relationship with Senate Minority Leader Bobby Singleton, D-Greensboro. The two consider themselves friends, both in and outside of the Senate chamber.
Marsh has also clashed with Governors of his own party, earlier this year, he and Gov. Kay Ivey disagreed over how Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) funds should be spent.
Marsh also made headlines back in June of this year when talking about people becoming immune to Coronavirus.
“In fact, quite honestly, I want to see more people because we start reaching immunity as more people have it and get through it,” Marsh said.
- Ole Miss to require face masks on campus regardless of vaccination status
- Mississippi State temporarily requiring face masks for employees, students
- Auburn University requiring masks, urge vaccinations against COVID-19
- State Department investigating whereabouts of $5,800 bottle of whisky gifted to Mike Pompeo
- Veterans Affairs expanding benefits and processing additional disability claims