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Former Bush White House staffer tapped to lead Alabama Policy Institute

Caleb Crosby, president of the Alabama Policy Institute (Photo: API)
Caleb Crosby, president of the Alabama Policy Institute (Photo: API)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Caleb Crosby has been selected as the new President of the Alabama Policy Institute (API), a Birmingham-based conservative think tank that has been led by Gary Palmer for the last quarter-century.

Palmer is currently the Republican nominee for the U.S. House of Representatives in Alabama’s 6th Congressional district. Although he is facing a Democratic opponent in November’s general election, he should have very little trouble winning in one of the most solidly-Republican districts in the country.

Crosby served as API’s Vice President and CFO for three and a half years before being tapped for the new job.

“Caleb has the passion and the knowledge to lead the Alabama Policy Institute and take the organization to the next level,” Palmer said in a statement. “Caleb has exhibited remarkable leadership as API’s CFO. I have complete confidence that he is the right person to serve as the next President.”

Crosby’s selection has already drawn praise from conservative leaders around the state, including Alabama’s two United States Senators.

“I am pleased to congratulate Caleb Crosby on his new role as President and CEO of the Alabama Policy Institute,” said Sen. Richard Shelby. “API has kept Alabamians informed and championed the conservative cause throughout its 25-year history, and I wish Caleb the very best as he leads API into this new chapter.”

“Under Caleb’s leadership, I look forward to the continued timely and informative products of the Alabama Policy Institute, which has long been of great importance to the state,” added Sen. Jeff Sessions.

According to a release from API, Crosby has provided strategic financial management, compliance and operations guidance to campaigns, political committees, non-profit and for-profit organizations across the country, managing more than a billion dollars in revenue and expenditures.

Crosby began his career with the Bush-Cheney 2004 re-election campaign. He then served in the George W. Bush administration, first at the EPA and then at the White House traveling with President Bush as a financial advisor. Following his time with President Bush, he served at the Department of Treasury under Secretary Hank Paulson. In 2008, Crosby was named CFO at the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC).

“It is an honor to lead the Alabama Policy Institute in its ongoing pursuit to be the premier resource for conservative policy ideas in the state,” said Crosby. “I am grateful to Gary for his foresight and tireless efforts to grow this organization into what it is today. We will strive to build upon the excellent foundation laid over the past 25 years, and will remain true to the principles on which API was founded: free markets, limited government, and strong families.”

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