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Trotter leaving Senate pro tem’s office; Howe new chief of staff

Longtime Alabama Senate staffer Derek Trotter, who most recently served as the president pro tem’s chief of staff, is leaving state government.

He’ll be replaced by Tim Howe, a previous owner of Yellowhammer Multimedia and former executive director of the Alabama Republican Party. Most recently, Howe was a vice president at Stifel, a financial advising firm in Montgomery.

Trotter told ADN he’s leaving to pursue private sector opportunities. He’s been chief of staff for five regular sessions and multiple special sessions, helping manage the Senate floor operations and legislative strategy for Reed and other senators. His previous roles include legislative affairs director for the governor’s office and communications director for the pro tem’s office. 

“I am very grateful to Derek for his service to the Alabama Senate,” Senate President Pro Tem Greg Reed, R-Jasper said. “He has led a top-notch team with professionalism and skill, and served as a key advisor and confidant to me. I wish nothing but the best for him and his family in the future.”

Reed said he’s excited to have Howe on staff.

“Having worked with him since he was executive director of the Alabama Republican Party, I can say without question that his work ethic and experience make him uniquely qualified for this role as we continue serving members of the Alabama Senate and the people of our great state.”

Howe is a graduate of Clemson University and Cumberland School of Law.

Trotter’s last day on the job is Aug. 25; Howe’s first day is Aug. 28. 

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