Corley Ellis takes over vacant seat in House District 41

Swearing In

By ALEC ETHEREDGE | Staff Writer

MONTGOMERY – The vacancy in Alabama House of Representatives District 41 has officially been filled by Republican Corley Ellis, who was sworn into the position by Shelby County Probate Judge James Fuhrmeister on Thursday, Oct. 20.

The seat became available when Mike Hill, R-Columbiana, was named superintendent of the State Banking Department.

“This is an exciting day obviously,” Ellis said. “It’s been a long-time coming waiting on the certification from the secretary of state, so we are very excited it’s finally here.”

Ellis has represented District 1 on the Shelby County Commission for the past 10 years and said he is looking forward to continuing to serve this great county.

Now he moves to Montgomery to work for House District 41, which is primarily contained in Shelby County and covers parts of the county that are south of U.S. 280 and east of Interstate 65.

“I’m humbled and honored that I get to continue my service to the people of Shelby County by going to Montgomery,” he said. “To continue that service in Montgomery is exciting.”

Independents had until Oct. 18, to declare their candidacy and with nobody contesting his campaign, he was automatically appointed to the seat and started the job on Oct. 20.

Ellis has spent several weeks over the past two months in Montgomery meeting most of the House members he will be working with and watching the process of bills moving through the legislation.

“It’s been very beneficial to see how the overall process works,” he said. “The state has a lot of issues facing it and I’m anxious to jump in and find where I can do the best.”

He said a large majority of those issues are with budgeting, Medicaid and prison reform.

“There are solutions for all of the problems we are facing, we just have to find out what they are and work together as a team to find those solutions,” Ellis said.

He mentioned being part of one of the largest county commissions in the state will help him when it comes to creating a team atmosphere and working with others.

“We have a really good legislative delegation here in Shelby County,” Ellis said. “I am proud to say they are all friends and I look forward to working with those guys.”

He does understand how challenging the job will be saying problems at the state level are more complex tasks, but the challenge is what excites him the most.

Ellis will meet with House Speaker Mac McCutcheon and others next week to get the lay of the land and start to get a better idea of which committees he might serve on.

 

To see the full article on The Shelby County Reporter, please click the following link: http://www.shelbycountyreporter.com/2016/10/20/corley-ellis-takes-over-vacant-seat-in-house-district-41/

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Director's Update

Fall 2017- In the District

By Mimi Penhale, Legislative Director

Since the 2017 Legislative Session ended back in May, our Delegation has been out and about supporting community events and schools. Shelby County cities and organizations have been busy over the past few months with farmers markets, festivals, and events to raise money for Shelby county groups. Some of the events that our Delegation members have attended and are planning to attend include: the annual CASA Roast, tours of local farms with Alabama’s Farmers’ Federation, visiting the Alabama Wildlife Center at Oak Mountain State Park, Montevallo’s Bicentennial Celebration, and the Ground Breaking of the Helena Earth Kind Rose Trials. The Delegation members are also participating in many events around the county on their own, so keep an eye out for them in your area or at your local schools.  

The fall is always a great time for the Legislators to visit schools in their district. Legislators in Alabama are given access to grant money to provide community service projects in their districts. Grants are requested by local schools, libraries, and organizations that work with our public schools. The amount of money that Legislators can access each year is limited and varies depending on revenue brought in by the state.

The grants given by our Delegation members this fall have covered a variety of needs. Some of the grants impacted students and teachers in the classroom, like technology updates and funding for educational programming. Grants outside the classroom will help cover structural updates for school facilities. Some of the organizations awarded grant money for this fall provided students access to programs and community service opportunities that they might not otherwise be able to participate in. The final grants awarded each year are a joint contribution from the Delegation to the overall winners of the Shelby County Schools’ Teacher of the Year recipients. Three teachers, who are named the overall age group winners by the Shelby County Education Foundation, are awarded grant money that can be used by the winners for classroom supplies, technology, or programs.

Providing grants for projects like these and supporting events in the district is a highlight for our Delegation each year. These are a few small ways that we can give back to the communities we serve and love. 

Shelby County Legislative Delegation (C) 2013