April Weaver makes history in Legislature

FROM STAFF REPORTS

State Rep. April Weaver, R-Brierfield, made history recently when she was named chairperson of the Health Committee for the Alabama House of Representatives. Weaver is the first woman to serve the state of Alabama as Chair of the Health Committee.

Weaver

Weaver

“With two decades in the health care field in both clinical and administrative roles across rural, urban and suburban areas of the state, my skill set and experience have prepared me for this role,” Weaver wrote in a release. “It is an honor to serve the people of Bibb, Chilton, and Shelby counties in this capacity.”

Alabama Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard, R-Auburn, applauded Weaver’s leadership.

“Rep. Weaver’s experience as a healthcare professional and proven leadership in the House makes her uniquely suited to lead the Health Committee,” Hubbard wrote. “I know that the citizens of our state will benefit greatly from April’s leadership.”

Weaver was also recently recognized nationally for her leadership when she was named state director for Women in Government.

“I am honored to have been selected to represent Alabama on behalf of this tremendous organization, and I look forward to working with women legislators from across the country to promote policies that further the causes of women and families,” Weaver wrote.

The Women In Government Foundation, Inc. is a national, non-profit, non-partisan organization providing leadership opportunities, networking, expert forums, and educational resources to the 1,785 women who serve in state legislatures from across the country.

Weaver has worked in health care administration for more than 20 years.  For the past 12 years, she has served as the director of business development at Shelby Baptist Medical Center. Weaver serves as a member of the Alabama Department of Mental Health Board of Trustees, CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Shelby County Board of Directors, and the Greater Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.

She also serves as chairperson of the Home Health Subcommittee for the Statewide Health Coordinating Council and was appointed by Gov. Bentley to serve on the Alabama Task Force to address prescription drug abuse.