2016 Primary Election

Tom Parker (R)

Alabama Supreme Court, Associate Justice Place 3

Tom Parker photoTom Parker

Date of birth: Aug. 19, 1951; age 64

Residence: Montgomery

Political experience: Associate justice, Alabama Supreme Court, 2004-present; founding executive director of the Alabama Family Alliance (now the Alabama Policy Institute); founding executive director of the Alabama Family Advocates, associated with Focus on the Family and Dr. James Dobson; lobbied for pro-family issues in the Alabama Legislature.

Professional experience: Supreme Court justice, 2004-present; former deputy administrative director of courts, where he served as general counsel for the court system, advising trial court judges; former director of the Alabama Judicial College, which provides training for new judges and continuing legal education for existing judges; former legal adviser to then-Chief Justice Roy Moore; former Alabama assistant attorney general; previously in private practice.

Civic experience: Member, Frazer United Methodist Church, Montgomery.

Education: Vanderbilt University School of Law; Dartmouth College; won a Rotary International Fellowship for further study of law at the University of Sao Paulo (Brazil) School of Law.

Top contributors: Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles P.C., $10,000; Cunningham, Bounds LLC, $10,000; Hare, Wynn, Newell & Newton, $10,000; David Marsh, $10,000; Hornsby, Watson, Hornsby & Blackwell, $10,000.00.

Qualifications: Parker, who declined to respond to questions, is the incumbent in the race. He has been an outspoken opponent of same-sex marriage and abortion and an advocate of the “personhood” movement to grant full legal status to the unborn. He has worked in the court system not only as a justice, but also as deputy administrative director of courts and legal adviser to the chief justice.

Campaign Website: www.parkerforjustice.com