- Associated Press - Thursday, February 2, 2017

CULLMAN, Ala. (AP) - Former Alabama House Speaker Tom Drake of Cullman has died.

The law office of Drake’s son says Drake died Thursday morning. He was 86.

A one-time professional wrestler known as the “Cullman Comet,” Drake served nine terms in the Alabama House, including two stints as speaker. He was a floor leader for former governors including George C. Wallace.

Drake practiced law in Cullman after leaving politics in 1998. He is a member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.

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