Senate District 14
Political experience: Has represented Alabama Senate District 14 since 2010; represented Alabama House District 49, 2002-10. Chairman of Alabama Senate Judiciary Committee, eight years; president of Alabama Law Institute, 2010-present; National Commission on Uniform State Laws since 2005; Executive Committee for Southern Legislative Conference since 2010; district director for U.S. Rep. Spencer Bachus, 1998-2001; assistant Alabama secretary of state, 1998; political staff assistant, Alabama Republican Party, 1994-96; legislative intern for Gov. Guy Hunt, 1993; Alabama Republican Party Executive Committee, 1999-present; deputy attorney general in state auditor’s office, 1996-98; Business Council of Alabama Champion 2015 and 2016; 2016 Friend of Government Accountability Award from Foundation for Government Accountability.
Civic experience: Autism Speaks 2017 National Legislator of the Year; chairman of Autism Task Force of Alabama, 2007-10, and Alabama Autism Council, 2010-present; Easter Seals of America 2009 Elected Official of the Year; boards of directors for Glenwood Autism Center, 2015-18; Leadership Shelby County board of directors, 2001-present; Alabama League of Municipalities 2017 Hometown Hero; 2013 Statesman of Year from Alabama Senior Citizens Hall of Fame; executive director for Alabaster Industrial Development Board, 2001-present.
Main issues: Wants to continue criminal justice reform. Alabama is under a federal court order over mental health services for inmates. “I’ve always felt like we needed to reform the system and provide more services for those with mental illnesses and addiction problems,” he said.
Wants to provide more money for road and infrastructure projects for Shelby and Chilton counties, which he said have some of the worst roads in the Southeast. A lot of help also is needed to address congestion on and around Interstate 65.
Also wants to improve access to health care.