April 11, 2019
Spotlight on Longevity: Speaker Pro Tempore Victor Gaston
In November 2018, Speaker Pro Tempore Victor Gaston was elected to his 10th term in the Alabama House of Representatives. He was unopposed in his re-election bid for House District 100, a seat he has held since 1982. With eight consecutive unopposed elections, Representative Gaston is believed to have the longest unopposed election streak of any state legislator in the South.
On December 8, 2010, Representative Gaston was elected to the speaker pro tempore position by his colleagues and currently serves as chair of the Mobile County Legislation Committee. Additionally, Speaker Gaston is a member of the following committees: Rules; Transportation, Utilities and Infrastructure; and Ways and Means General Fund.
In addition to his legislative service, Representative Gaston was an elected delegate to six consecutive Republican National Conventions. He served on the convention’s Rules Committee in 1988 and Credentials Committee in 2000. He also served two terms on the National Republican Legislators Board. He is a former member of the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars, appointed by Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush
Representative Gaston’s career includes working as a teacher and administrator for Mobile County schools, as a timber farmer and serving in the U.S. military. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern Mississippi, his master’s degree from the University of South Alabama and his doctorate in education from Auburn University.
Representative Gaston and his wife, Jean, are the parents of two sons, Hank and George. They have been blessed with six grandsons; Jason, James, Cameron, Matthew, Noah and Charlie. He is an active member at Spring Hill Baptist Church.