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Powers chosen for key national roles in the Republican Party

Published on Monday, May 20, 2024 at 1:40 PM

By Carey Reeder | Administrator Editor

Clanton resident Renee Powers was selected to fill three positions within the Republican Party for the foreseeable future while attending the Republican National Convention Delegation Meeting on May 4 in Montgomery.

Powers currently serves as regional chair for the Republican Party of Alabama, representing Congressional Districts 3, 6 and 7 covering 31 counties, and she has volunteered within the Republican Party for 23 years on campaigns, policy issues and leadership.

The Alabama Republican Party Executive Committee prepared for the general election on Nov. 5 during its special meeting in Montgomery to choose its slate of delegates, alternate delegates, delegation chairman, national congressional committee chairmen and presidential electors. The Republican National Convention on July 15-18 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin is where the Republican presidential nominee will be officially selected by delegates from each state, marking the end of the primary election period and the beginning of the general election season. Alabama has 50 delegates, three from each of its seven congressional districts, and 27 at-large delegates. Powers, Alabama Sen. April Weaver and Freddy Ard of Alabaster were chosen in July as the three delegates representing Congressional District 6 at the RNC.

In the Republican Party, there are four national congressional committees: Credentials, Permanent Organization, Platform and Rules, and Order of Business. At the meeting, a man and a woman were elected to each of the four committees, and Powers was elected to the Rules and Order of Business Committee along with Alabama Republican Party Chairman John Wahl.

“I was honored and humbled by the support of my colleagues,” Powers said. “I promise to represent and serve Alabama well.”

The work of the Rules and Order of Business Committee includes considering changes to the Rules of the Republican Party used for election and in the government of the RNC, adding procedures of the RNC and the process for election , selection, allocation and commitment of delegates to the next national convention.

Every four years, the state Executive Committee selects a group of electors whose sole purpose is to choose the president and vice president, called the Electoral College, which has 538 electors across the country. Each state is allocated a number of electors equal to the seats in the Senate and House of Representatives, and Alabama has nine seats and receives nine electoral votes. Seven of the nine electors are chosen by each of the Congressional District State Executive Committee members, and the other two are chosen at large by the entire State Executive Committee. Powers was chosen in the process as one of the major presidential picks.

“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to represent Alabama in the Electoral College and cast my vote for the next president and vice president (of the United States),” Powers said.