Alabama State Rep. Steve McMillan dies at 80

Rep. Steve Albert McMillan, R-Foley, who represented his south Baldwin County District which included Orange Beach and Gulf Shores for more than 40 years has passed away at 80 years.

Baldwin County lost a great statesman and legislator earlier Thursday evening(April 28) with the passing of Rep. Steve McMillan, who was the current longest-serving member of the Alabama House for more than 40 years at the time of his death.

In January, McMillan disclosed that he had been diagnosed with three brain tumors and will be treated. He had made the decision not to run for re-election.

McMillan was the dean of the Alabama House of Representatives. In a special election in 1980, he was elected to the District 95 seat as a Democrat. In 1993, McMillan defected to the Republican Party.

Speaker of the House Mac McCutcheon said McMillan was loyal to his constituents and a valued colleague.

“Steve was a mentor to many members over the years because of his expertise in the House, he was a close friend and trusted advisor to me,” McCutcheon said in a release. “As long as it benefited or protected the people in his district, he wasn’t afraid to take unpopular stands. My wife Deb and I would want to express our deepest sympathies to his family.”

He was a member of the House Rules Committee, which sets the agenda, as well as the House Ways and Means Education Committee, which prepares the annual education budget. He was the owner and operator of McMillan and Associates, a Baldwin County real estate agency.

McMillan’s accomplishments to the state and his constituency were lauded by House Majority Leader Nathaniel Ledbetter, R-Rainsville.

“Rep. Steve McMillan worked tirelessly to serve the needs of his Baldwin County constituents and make Alabama an even better place to live, work, worship, and raise a family throughout his 42 years in the Alabama House of Representatives,” Ledbetter stated.

“His integrity and demeanor earned him the trust of House members on both sides of the aisle, and he worked effectively with both Republicans and Democrats. Every House Speaker he worked under listened to his advice and was impacted by it.” Ledbetter continued.