Ivey taps William Filmore for top legislative post

Ivey taps William Filmore for top legislative post

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Gov. Kay Ivey has named William Filmore as Director of Legislative Affairs, which serves as the lead conduit between the Governor’s Office and the Alabama Legislature.

The Governor’s Office confirmed the staff promotion when contacted by Alabama Daily News this week. Filmore replaces Jared White, who recently left to take a position managing governmental affairs for Auburn University.

“During his time serving in my administration, William has brought an unbelievable work ethic and a strong ability to recognize the needs of every area across our state. He is extremely valuable, and I am proud to be promoting him to serve as Director of Legislative Affairs,” Ivey said. “I am confident that William will continue serving our state well as we look to move Alabama into a very promising future.”

Filmore has served in state government since 2015, starting as Governmental Relations Coordinator at the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency before joining Ivey’s staff in 2017. He previously worked as the governor’s House Liaison and Director of Local Governmental Affairs.

Ivey has taken on a more aggressive legislative agenda since beginning a new term in January. This past legislative session, she spearheaded passage of an infrastructure and gas tax proposal, an overhaul of the state’s education governance structure, and a Pardons and Paroles Board reform, among other items. Filmore was involved in getting each of those bills across the finish line.

State Sen. Clyde Chambliss, R-Prattville, who championed the infrastructure plan in the Senate, spoke highly of Filmore’s work.

“It is always a pleasure working with William because he is knowledgeable and represents the Governor with honesty and integrity,” Chambliss said.  “I look forward to working with William in his new role as we endeavor to solve the problems that we face in Alabama.”

Filmore is a native of Daleville, Alabama, and has a bachelor’s and masters degrees from Troy university. He and his wife, Liz, live in Pike Road.