Though he was officially sworn in Thursday in Montgomery, Reed said he also wanted to share the experience with the people from his own community, who showed him such support over the campaign.
Reed was sworn in by Walker County Circuit Judge Doug Farris at the steps of the Natatorium.
Reed told the crowd that the opportunity to serve Senate District 5 is something he will not take lightly.
“With God as my witness, I will be honest in every day that I serve you,” he said.
Reed said his political focus will be on the economy, education and ethics reform.
“Those are the issues that have been my commitments from the very beginning and I will carry those ideals to Montgomery as I represent you,” he told the crowd. “I want you to know that I want to be a man wise enough to recognize that he doesn’t have all the answers and willing to listen to you and gather as many of your ideas and as many of your thoughts and as much as the ingenuity and intellect of Senate District 5 that I can glean to be able to take all those good things about how we are as a people to Montgomery and implore those with my colleagues, making sure that we do the absolute best we can with God’s help to represent you.”
Senate District 5 covers areas in Walker, Jefferson, Tuscaloosa and Winston counties.
Reed said he has already talked with many mayors and community members in the district about the issues important to them.
“The constant theme I hear back is economic growth and economic development, ‘how do we do that,’ ‘how do we attract industry’ and ‘how do we support our current businesses,’” he said.
Reed said development around future Interstate 22 will be the area’s biggest economic engine.
“We are going to have to talk about the great assets that we have in Senate District 5, not only the interstate but the people, the educational facilities and the attitude of the people in cooperation to draw industry to our community. ”
Linda Ensor, chairman of the Walker County Republican Party, attended the ceremony and said she believes Reed will work to bring the reform so many Alabama voters are demanding. She said she particularly hopes Reed will work with fellow legislators to change rules regarding PAC to PAC transfers.
“It’s exciting to have Greg as our Senator,” she said. “He is a very good young man and has worked with the party for a long time. He’s well-qualified, and we’re so proud the people of Walker County have chosen him to represent us.”
Reed said he has met with several legislators and discussed enacting legislation on ethics reform.
Gov. Bob Riley recently announced plans to call a special session of the new Legislature to tackle the subject, and Reed said he will “fully support that idea.”