By MARY SELL and TODD STACY, Alabama Daily News
After four terms in the House of Representatives, State Rep. Harry Shiver, R-Stockton, is not seeking reelection in 2022.
Shiver told Alabama Daily News after nearly 16 years, “I just need some rest.”
Known as “Coach” around the State House for his years of coaching high school sports in Bay Minette, Shiver is a familiar and friendly presence in the sometimes stuffy halls of government, frequently seen laughing and slapping backs on the House floor.
House Speaker Mac McCutcheon commended Shiver on a distinguished career.
“Coach Shiver defines the word optimist, and he brings a smile to the face of everyone he encounters,” McCutcheon said. “He has been a calm and steadying influence in our caucus and the body, and his commonsense approach to addressing problems that face our state will be missed.”
House District 64 includes parts of Monroe and Baldwin counties.
Donna Givens, a Republican from Loxley, is campaigning for the seat Shiver is leaving. In June, she raised more than $36,000 in cash contributions, according to her monthly campaign report filed with the Alabama Secretary of State. Donors included former Congressman Bradley Byrne and U.S. Senate candidate Lynda Blanchard.
“I appreciate Coach Shiver’s years of service to our district. I will work hard to carry on with the foundation that Coach built,” Givens told ADN.
“I look forward to working to gain the trust and serving the voters of Monroe and Baldwin Counties. I will put my experience in the business sector to work in Montgomery.”
Shiver said he is supporting Givens’ election efforts.