Reagan appointed to judicial ethics committee

Twelfth Judicial Circuit Judge Henry "Sonny" Reagan

An Enterprise native has been appointed by the Supreme Court of Alabama to a statewide judicial ethics committee.

H. Sonny Reagan II of Enterprise is one of three new appointees by the Supreme Court of Alabama to the Standing Committee on the Rules of Conduct and Canons of Judicial Ethics. The appointment to the eight-member committee is until Oct. 1, 2022.

The son of Henry and Barbara Reagan of Enterprise serves as a circuit judge in the Twelfth Judicial Circuit, comprised of Coffee and Pike Counties.

The Alabama Supreme Court adopted the Alabama Canons of Judicial Ethics “as a code for judges and a declaration of that which the people of the State of Alabama have a right to expect of them,” according to the Judicial Inquiry Commission website. “Alabama, like each of the 49 other states and the District of Columbia, has a judicial-conduct system that is the primary means by which ethical standards for and other conduct of judges are regulated. These judicial-conduct systems were instituted to ensure the integrity, independence, and impartiality of judges and the judicial system.”

The Rules of Conduct and Canons of Judicial Ethics Committee is charged with monitoring and maintaining the existing judicial ethics rules and, if deemed necessarily, drafting any recommended changes for consideration by the Alabama Supreme Court.

Reagan is a 1990 graduate of Enterprise High School who attended the University of Alabama on an Army ROTC Scholarship.

After graduation from UA and receiving his commission as a second lieutenant, Reagan attended flight school at Fort Rucker and qualified as a Chinook helicopter pilot.

Reagan left active duty in the late 1990s to attend law school. Bill Pryor, who was state attorney general at the time, hired Reagan to be a prosecutor after he graduated.

After 911, Reagan was deployed to Afghanistan for nearly two years where he flew several hundred direct action combat missions and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal and the Air Medal for his service. He is currently a lieutenant colonel in the United States Army Reserves.

In 2016 Reagan was named to the new state level, 24-member, veterans advocacy board called MyVA Operation Entrust Board. “Sonny is an outstanding supporter of veterans courts and providing veterans a second chance at a productive life and piece of the American Dream,” said Navy Rear Admiral W. Clyde Marsh, commissioner of the Alabama Department of Veterans Affairs and co-chairman of the Operation Entrust Board at the inaugural meeting in 2016.

“Sonny has a history of successfully assisting veterans on legal concerns,” Marsh said at that time.

Operation Entrust consists of a community board at the grassroots level working with other board members, state, local officials and the United States Department of Veterans Affairs to communicate, build relationships and address issues and/or concerns of the veterans and military within the various communities in Alabama, Marsh said.

Reagan has served on Alabama Gov. Bob Riley’s cabinet as legal advisor and was a state prosecutor in the Alabama Attorney General’s office where he worked for three Attorney General Administrations. Reagan was named Prosecutor of the Year in 2012.

He and Shayni Martin-Reagan are the parents of Jack and Harper Reagan.

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