Former AL House speaker McCorquodale dies at 96 - WSFA.com Montgomery Alabama news.

Former AL House speaker McCorquodale dies at 96

McCorquodale served as Alabama House speaker from 1975 until 1983. (Source: WSFA 12 News file photo) McCorquodale served as Alabama House speaker from 1975 until 1983. (Source: WSFA 12 News file photo)
MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

Former Alabama House speaker Joe C. McCorquodale has died at age 96. McCorquodale, a Democrat from Clarke County, held the House's highest position from 1975 until 1983, according to the Alabama Legislature.

Gov. Kay Ivey reacted to the former speaker's death saying she was saddened to learn of his passing.

"I counted him as a friend, a mentor, and a colleague. Mr. Speaker was a man of principle who truly loved and served this state," she explained. "When he hired me as the House Reading Clerk he gave me wise advice he said, ‘Never, ever lie. If you tell one lie, you’ll forget and will tell another. Soon you will be caught up in lies.’ I assured him I understood and would never do so. To this day his advice resonates with me."

Ivey said McCorquodale "set the bar high for principled and honest leadership for the state of Alabama."

McCorquodale was first elected to the House in 1959. He unsuccessfully sought the office of Governor in 1983 but lost the Democratic nomination to former AL Gov. George Wallace.

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