With a vote of 18 to 12 Senator Rodger Smitherman was elected the new President Pro Tempore of the Alabama Senate. Immediately following Sen. Smitherman was sworn into office with his wife and daughter by his side.
Senator Smitherman addressed the full senate saying that he is not the President Pro Tempore for one caucus or the other rather he is the President Pro Tempore of the entire Alabama Senate. He noted that he hopes to be the bridge that brings the members together. Smitherman expressed that he wants to do everything in his power to make the State of Alabama all that it can be and make sure it moves forward.
After Senator Smitherman addressed the Senate, Senator Jabo Waggoner (D), who was also nominated for the position of President Pro Tempore, publicly congratulated Senator Smitherman on behalf of the entire Republican party.