Rowe a candidate for Sessions’ Senate seat

James Phillips
Posted 12/18/16

A state lawmaker from Walker County has suddenly become a candidate to replace U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions in Congress should he be confirmed as attorney general.

State Rep. Connie Cooner Rowe …

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Rowe a candidate for Sessions’ Senate seat

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A state lawmaker from Walker County has suddenly become a candidate to replace U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions in Congress should he be confirmed as attorney general.

State Rep. Connie Cooner Rowe (R-Jasper) confirmed Friday evening that she had interviewed for the position earlier in the day in an hour-long meeting with Gov. Robert Bentley “I met with Gov. Bentley in his office on Friday morning, and we discussed an array of federal issues and their direct impact on our state,” Rowe said. “It was a very comfortable conversation, and I feel good about it.”

Rowe said she was approached by the governor about the position. “I am both humbled and honored to be considered as a viable candidate for this post in his opinion,” she said. “I had not pursued an interview, because I was aware of the large field of potential appointees already in line for his consideration, many of whom I deeply respect. I am, however, ready to serve the people of this state in this capacity should I be selected by the governor.”

Bentley began the interview process this week. In addition to speaking with Rowe, the governor also interviewed Perry Hooper, who served five terms in the Alabama House of Representatives, and Glenn Murdock, a member of the Alabama Supreme Court.

A spokesperson in the governor’s office says Bentley will continue to interview a number of potential candidates until he’s found a person he thinks will best fill the position, and also has an agenda in line with President-elect Donald Trump.

“There has not been or do I believe there will ever be a more exciting time to be a part of the United States Congress,” Rowe said. “I’m very sincerely interested in the appointment. I believe President-elect Donald Trump’s intentions for our country will significantly impact our state and very specifically, my home county.”

If Rowe is selected, she would serve for two years in Washington before having to seek election. Her seat in the Alabama House would be filled by a special election.