Alabama leaders react to President Biden’s inauguration
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - Alabama’s leaders are reacting to the inauguration of President Joe Biden and many are promising, despite having political differences, to work with the new administration where common ground can be found.
Here are some of the statements that have been made so far. Additional comments will be added as they become available.
Gov. Kay Ivey
Lt. Gov. Will Ainsworth
“As we mark the orderly transfer of power that serves as the foundation of our country, I wish Joe Biden the best and pray that he will lead wisely while always putting America’s interests first.
But now that Democrats control the White House and both chambers of Congress, elected leaders and legislatures in conservative states like Alabama must stand ready to protect our citizens’ religious freedoms, gun rights, and other God-given liberties whenever necessary.
I will always defend the traditional values that make Alabama such a special place to live, work, worship, and raise a family.”
Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.)
Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Ala.)
Rep. Jerry Carl (R-Dist. 1)
Rep. Barry Moore (R-Dist. 2)
Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Dist. 3)
“Today Joe Biden was sworn in as President of the United States. Our great nation faces many grave challenges including a dishonest China bent on world domination, the pandemic and permanently reopening our economy. I vehemently disagree with many of the policies that incoming President Biden supports and I will continue to fight for hard working East Alabama families and our conservative values.
Although our disagreements are strong and rooted in deeply held beliefs, our political discourse must be civil and respectful. I echo the words of President Trump in his farewell address this morning to wish the new administration great luck and great success. May God continue to bless America.”
Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-Dist. 4)
Rep. Terri Sewell (D-Dist. 7)
Montgomery Mayor Steven Reed
Montgomery County Commission Chairman Elton Dean
“This is a fine day in America and breath of fresh air. This is a change we need today and for the future. I am hopeful with President Biden in the Oval Office.”
Cam Ward, Director of Alabama Bureau of Pardons & Parole
Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin
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