McGhee among state’s ‘most influential’

Published 1:39 pm Thursday, May 7, 2015

An Escambia County native and current leader of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians Tribal Council will be among those recognized as Alabama’s most powerful and influential players in politics and business later this month.

Robbie McGhee, vice chairman of the Tribal Council and director of the Tribe’s governmental affairs, is on the 2015 Yellowhammer Power & Influence 50, an annual list. Yellowhammer publishes a conservative state news website and e-newsletter.

“The Poarch Creeks are able to devote an almost unfathomable amount of resources to state politics and have been at the center of political and legal debates in Alabama for the last decade,” Yellowhammer wrote.

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The conservative news organization called McGhee a “savvy political operator who cut his teeth in Washington, D.C., at the U.S. Department of Interior-Bureau of Indian Affairs, the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and Troutman Sanders LLP-Indian Law Practice Group.”

The Tribe’s recent jaw-dropping offer to cover the state’s $250 million General Fund Budget shortfall has placed him in the center of action in Montgomery, Yellowhammer said.

He will be recognized during Yellowhammer’s inaugural Power of Service reception on Friday, May 29, at the Renaissance Ross Bridge in Birmingham.

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