Rusty Glover to run for lieutenant governor

Montgomery Advertiser by Brian Lyman -- Sen. Rusty Glover announced Wednesday he will run for lieutenant governor, in one of the first campaign announcements for 2018.

A Republican from Semmes in Mobile County, Glover, 50, said in an announcement that he wanted to “make the Legislature open to all people, looking out for all Alabamians and not just the select few.”

Glover, a retired high school history teacher, won election to the Alabama House of Representatives in 2002. He served a single term before winning election to the Alabama Senate in 2006 and is currently in his third term. The senator, who rarely faced serious opposition in his campaigns, has raised $95,000 in campaign funds since 2013.

Major contributors in that time include the Alabama Bankers Association and Alabama Power. Each gave Glover a total of $10,000 in 2013 and 2014.

Incumbent Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey, also a Republican, has served two terms in the position and cannot seek a third.

The lieutenant governor used to have powers comparable to that of the Speaker of the House, with the ability to appoint committee members and a strong voice in the flow of legislation. But after the election of Republican Steve Windom to the chair in 1998, the Senate, then controlled by Democrats, transferred most of those powers to the Senate President Pro Tem. The Republican Party, which has controlled the Legislature since 2010, has elected to keep those arrangements.

The lieutenant governor’s responsibilities now include presiding over the Senate; breaking ties and deciding points of order and making appointments to some boards and commissions. The lieutenant governor also becomes governor if the governor dies or is removed from office.

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