Dale Strong, Alabama’s newest Congressman, plots course from Madison County to D.C

By Scott Turner 

Republican Dale Strong declared victory Nov. 8, 2022, to win the 5th Congressional District seat in Congress. His family joined him on stage at the victory party. (Paul Gattis)

Dale Strong was elected the 5th Congressional District’s representative to the U.S. Congress last Tuesday and will replace fellow Republican Mo Brooks in January.

That means his tenure as Madison County Commission chairman will come to a close. Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey will appoint his replacement when he steps down.

Strong won his first election in 1996, becoming the youngest Republican voted into office when he became the District 4 commissioner in Madison County representing the northwest region of the booming county.

In 2012, Strong won election as chair of the commission. He’s served in office during a period when the county experienced dynamic growth and Huntsville became the state’s largest city and suburb Madison grew to be the state’s 10th-largest. Madison County is now the state’s third-most populous county behind Birmingham’s Jefferson County and Mobile County.

Strong recently discussed his transition from Commission chairman to north Alabama’s congressman.