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By Doug Farquhar

Former longtime Democratic House Speaker Seth Hammett has gone to work for Republican Governor Robert Bentley as his chief of staff.

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley, left, with Seth Hammett, then director of the Alabama Development Office, at the Mobile Convention Center on Feb. 24, 2011, in Mobile, AlaHammett served as a Democrat during his 32 years in the legislature, including 12 as speaker. Bentley served with him as a legislator, albeit as a Republican.

“Seth and I have worked together for many years, dating back to my time in the Alabama Legislature,” Bentley said in a statement. “He is a proven leader with a strong record of public service.”

The former speaker and governor have developed a close friendship, one Hammett says, is “built on trust and respect.”

His appointment was effective May 19.

Doug Farquhar is a program director in NCSL's Environment, Energy and Transportation Program.

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