New Year Brings Two New Caucus Co-Chairs in Alabama

Contact: Mark Lance, Southeastern States Coordinator

  • Recently, Senator Jack Williams and Representative David Standridge accepted leadership positions as Co-Chairs for the bipartisan Alabama Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus (Caucus).
  • Senator Goodman and Representative Standridge step into these new roles following the exits of former Caucus Co-Chairs Senator Del Marsh and Representative Mike Jones from the legislature.
  • Senator Williams and Representative Standridge join NASC Executive Council Alternate Member Representative Danny Crawford and Senator Clay Scofield on the Caucus leadership bench.

Why It Matters: Having a strong leadership bench is critical to the success of the Caucus. Senator Williams and Representative David Standridge are avid sportsmen who understand the essential role that hunters and anglers play in wildlife conservation. Their leadership will advance the bicameral and bipartisan Caucus in its effort to protect and promote the exceptional outdoor recreation opportunities that Alabama provides.

In addition to a strong state Caucus leadership bench, Alabama’s pro-sportsmen delegation also features Governors Sportsmen’s Caucus Member Governor Kay Ivey and several members of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus. 

Entering the 2023 legislative session with over half of the legislature as members, the Caucus will look to build upon recent successes, such as increasing hunter opportunity and assisting in  efforts to manage feral hog and coyote populations in the state through the passage of legislation that allows hunters to hunt feral hogs and coyotes at night. Additionally, in 2022, the Caucus held a successful breakfast where the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources provided a talk on efforts to combat Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD).

Sportsmen and women in Alabama contribute over $52 million to conservation funding through the “user pays — public benefits” structure known as the American System of Conservation Funding, and they can rest assured knowing that the Caucus continues to work to identify opportunities to benefit hunting and angling in the state.

The Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation looks forward to working alongside Senator Williams and Representative Standridge moving forward and will continue to be engaged on issues impacting Alabama’s sportsmen and women.

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