Storming the State House provides a revealing, behind-the-scenes look into the campaign that elected Alabama’s first Republican legislature in modern history and moved the state in a new direction after 136 years of Democratic Party rule. Written by Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard, it is a battlefield account by the architect of the Republican takeover, whose vision and partisan vigor directly led to the GOP tsunami that hit Alabama in 2010.
When Hubbard met a first-time congressional candidate named Bob Riley in the mid-1990s, little did he know it would lead him to run for the Alabama House of Representatives and one day preside at the highest level of statehouse politics. In his two terms as chairman of the Alabama Republican Party, Hubbard led his team to set fundraising records and brought a new level of aggressiveness to political gamesmanship.
Storming the State House is an insider’s view into how history was made and how one man’s vision and determination helped lead a Republican revolution that has likely changed Alabama’s political landscape for generations to come.
Advance Praise for Storming the State House
"Speaker of the Alabama State House Mike Hubbard provides an insightful first-hand account of the successful 2010 Republican effort that captured the Alabama state legislature for the GOP for the first time in 136 years. Anyone interested in grassroots politics will enjoy this quick read!"
—Karl Rove, former Senior Advisor and Deputy Chief of Staff to President George W. Bush
"You can have Eastwood and Stallone. I'll take Mike Hubbard. Read Storming the State House and he will be your hero, too. This is the story of an ordinary husband and father who saw an entrenched culture of selfish corruption and jumped in 'heart-first' to lead a charge against it. With grace and good humor, this book provides proof that one person can indeed change everything!"
—Andy Andrews, New York Times bestselling author of How Do You Kill 11 Million People?, The Noticer, The Traveler's Gift
"Mike Hubbard is more than a politician or successful businessman, he is also a fascinating storyteller. In Storming the State House, Hubbard takes the threads and raw material of complicated political history to weave a fascinating story of upheaval and change."
—Patti Callahan Henry, New York Times bestselling author of The Art of Keeping Secrets, Driftwood Summer, Coming Up For Air
"Storming the State House is an authentic, vivid account of how Republicans in Alabama completed their evolution to becoming the majority party in the state with an explosive victory in 2010. If you want to learn what can happen when good people have had enough, grab this book and start reading! If you're tired of politics as usual, get ready to be energized and empowered! Mike Hubbard has hit this one out of the park."
—Haley Barbour, former Mississippi Governor and RNC Chairman