Swearing in: State Rep. Mark Tuggle is sworn in by Probate Judge Gloria Sinclair at the Tallapoosa County Courthouse as his wife, Michelle, and daughter, Dee, stand by his side. | Natalie Nettles

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‘New day in government’

Published 8:19pm Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Mark Tuggle swears in, takes over state representative seat

Supporters of State Rep. Mark Tuggle gathered at the Tallapoosa County Courthouse Wednesday afternoon to watch as the newly elected official was sworn into office.

Tuggle’s wife, Michelle, and daughter, Dee, stood alongside Tuggle as Probate Judge Gloria Sinclair swore him in using his family Bible that dates back to 1863.

“It’s my great-great-great-grandmother’s,” his mother, DeDe Tuggle, said of the Bible. “We had it refurbished. Its been used for different things and Mark wanted to use it here.”

Tuggle, who defeated incumbent Betty Carol Graham in the general election Nov. 2, was a professional forester for about two decades prior to running for House District 81.

“I rolled the dice and it worked out,” Tuggle said. “I’m glad it did. It is an honor, a privilege, to put my name on the ballot and even to have won is overwhelming.”

Tuggle thanked his friends and family for their continued support.

“I would not be here if not for my friends or family,” Tuggle said. “Thanks for everything. We had a lot of rough days in the campaign, but on those days someone would always call and say, ‘Keep your head up.’ We weathered the storm and it’s time to go forward from here. It’s a new day in government here in Alabama.”