ASHVILLE — Mack Butler was sworn in Dec. 13 as the new State Representative over the 30th District. Butler took the oath of office on the steps of the St. Clair County Courthouse in Ashville in front of family, friends and various local dignitaries. St. Clair County District Judge Phil Seay presided.
Butler won the House District 30 race on Dec. 11 after a Special General Election. Unofficial results show Butler defeated Democrat Beth McGlaughn by a margin of 53.41 percent to 46.58 percent, carrying both Etowah and St. Clair counties. Butler won 434 votes in St. Clair, or 57 percent, to McGlaughn’s 327, 43 percent.
The seat became vacant after Rep. Blaine Galliher was asked to serve as legislative director for Gov. Robert Bentley.
Butler thanked everyone for coming to Thursday’s ceremony, and said he was ready to go to work.
“I have been amazed at the warmth I have felt from the friendships,” Butler said. “I have been overwhelmed with the kindness and generosity of the people of St. Clair County.
“I only live about a mile across the creek here (Rainbow City). We are not far at all. Anything I can do for you, let me know. I do want to serve you. I know I have some very big shoes to fill in our friend Blaine.”
Butler and his wife Connie have four children, Connor, Caleb, Carson and daughter Morgan.
St. Clair County Republican Party Chairman Freddie Turrentine said it was great to have Butler be sworn in at the St. Clair County Courthouse.
“We worked hard to get him elected,” Turrentine said. “We knew the voter turnout was going to be low, because there was nothing else going on that day. It was great to see him smile and relieved now that he has been elected.
“I look forward to working with Mack. He is a great guy. He has some big shoes to fill, because Blaine Galliher was always at our meetings, and helped St. Clair County so much. But I’ve already talked to Mack, and he is ready to go to work.”
State officials also congratulated Butler.
“Mack Butler is a great friend and a dedicated public servant,” said House Speaker Mike Hubbard, R-Auburn. “I got to know Mack through his work with the Etowah County GOP when I served as Chairman of the Alabama Republican Party and I continue to be impressed by his leadership and commitment to conservative ideals. I know he will serve the constituents of HD30 with courage and distinction and look forward to working with him in the legislature.”