Political offices held: Alabama Senate, District 35, 2013-present. Chairman of the Senate’s Constitution, Ethics and Elections Committee and vice chairman of the Banking and Insurance Committee.
Professional experience: Owner of several small businesses, 2011-present; previous employment with Emerson Electric, AlliedSignal, Eaton and Balfour-Beatty.
Education: Vanderbilt University, MBA; University of South Alabama, B.S. degree in commercial banking and finance; additional studies in economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science; Murphy High School.
Civic experience: Board member, Outback America, a Christian organization holding family camps; board member, N.E.S.T., an organization serving needs of the Strickland Youth Center; executive committee member, Alabama and Mobile Republican parties; board member, Bethany Christian Adoption Services; past president, Toastmaster International; past corporate chairman, United Way; member, Alabama State Health Planning Counsel; member, American Legislative Exchange Council’s Tax & Fiscal Policy Task Force.
Main issues: Hightower’s platform includes banning earmarks in state budgeting, budget reform, enacting term limits, banning sanctuary cities, improving roads, bridges and infrastructure, protecting the unborn, improving distance learning and high school readiness, and prioritizing job growth and workforce development. He notes that he is an NRA member with an A-Plus rating from the NRA as a legislator.
Top contributors: Warren Nicholson, $30,000; BWR Co. LLC; DE; DC Co. LLC; Johnson Kries Construction; Real Estate Equity Investments LLC; Theodore Industrial Port; W.F. Trick, $25,000; Brian Cuccias; Henry B. Fulgham; William D. Dement, $17,500; Kykenkee Inc., $15,000.