Roy Summerford


AUBURN -- Freshman state Rep. Mike Hubbard, R-Auburn, has received Auburn University's Legislative Tiger Award for 1999.

AU President William Muse said the award recognizes Hubbard's dedication to and support for Auburn University and its legislative efforts during the 1999 regular session of the Alabama Legislature.

Muse noted that Hubbardıs fellow legislators voted him the "1999 Rookie of the Session" because of his tenacity, style, personal energy and leadership. Hubbard was also selected by the Montgomery Advertiser as the most effective freshman lawmaker.

"Mike has been a strong proponent of Auburn University and its legislative program," said Muse. "His efforts have been undeniably significant."

Muse cited Hubbard's successful efforts on behalf of AU during service on the House Ways and Means-Education Committee. Those efforts were especially notable, added AU Governmental Affairs Executive Director Buddy Mitchell, because of Hubbard's quick mastery of the legislative process.

"I have seldom seen a freshman legislator step in and be so productive from the first day," said Mitchell. "He fought at every turn for better funding for Auburn University, and he made sure that others knew how legislation would affect Auburn."

Hubbard, president of the Auburn Network, Inc., is the second person to receive the Legislative Tiger Award since the award was established in 1998. Last yearıs award went to his predecessor as representative of the 79th District, Pete Turnham, who retired after 40 years in the Legislature.

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CONTACT: Mitchell, 334/242-2668; and Hubbard, 334/826-2929.