Flowers to speak at Historical Society meeting

Published 1:09 pm Thursday, July 28, 2016

The Crenshaw County Historical Society will soon welcome former State Representative Steve Flowers to their meeting on August 7 at 2 p.m. at the Shriner’s building on Hwy 331.

During the program, Flowers will have the chance to discuss his book, “Of Goats and Governors: Six Decades of Colorful Alabama Political Stories.” It has been said that the memoir will not only entertain but will also inform readers on the backstage intrigue of Alabama politics.

Eva Stringer, Corresponding Secretary and Presiding President of the Crenshaw County Historical Society, is excited to welcome Flowers to the group.

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“I went to Greenville when he spoke over there in April, and that’s when I booked him to come here,” Stringer said.

“He’s well-versed and has been in the legislature so long. He’s well thought of, and I’ve never heard any negative statements about him in all of my life.”

Flowers was born and raised in Troy, Alabama. At the age of 12, he became a page in the Alabama Legislature and worked at the State Capitol throughout his high school years. It was at this moment that Flowers said his love for politics continued to grow into what it is today.

Upon graduation from high school in Troy, he continued on to the University of Alabama where he was a student leader and served in the Student Senate.

With the lessons learned from Gardner Bassett, Flowers eventually worked his way up into the very seat Bassett had previously held.

In 1982, at age 30, he entered politics and was elected State Representative from Pike County. In that, being his first race, he received the largest number of votes ever cast for any person in a political race in the history of Pike County.

Flowers served in the Alabama House of Representatives from 1982-1998.

During his 16-year tenure, he recorded a perfect attendance record. His House colleagues honored him as Outstanding Freshman member in 1982, Most Ethical member in 1988 and Most Outstanding member in 1992.

After leaving the Legislature in 2002, Flowers began writing a weekly column on Alabama politics.  Overnight it became the leading and most widely read column on Alabama politics in the state. Today, it is said that he is Alabama’s most watched and read political columnist and commentator.

His weekly column on Alabama politics appears in more than 60 Alabama newspapers with a circulation approaching 360,000.

In addition to his column, he can be seen regularly on numerous television stations around the state as their political analyst.  His weekly radio show on Alabama politics is heard on Public Radio throughout Alabama.

Flowers also serves as a professor in residence at Troy University and teaches Southern politics.

His books will be available at the meeting for $30 each, and can also be signed by Flowers.