Alabama Public Service Commission President
Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh
Political experience: Public Service Commission president, 2010-present, won 2020 Republican primary over Robin Litaker on March 3; candidate for lieutenant governor, 2018 but defeated in primary.
Professional experience: Co-owner, Cavanaugh Bradley Animal Hospital, Montgomery; co-owner, Conservative Solutions, Montgomery; deputy chief of staff/senior adviser, administration of Gov. Bob Riley; executive director/chair, Alabama Republican Party, 2005.
Civic experience: Co-chair of Alliance for a Pro-Life Alabama, 2019; Yellowhammer News Woman of Impact, 2019.
Education: Bachelor’s degree, Auburn University.
Main issues: In an interview with the conservative website Yellowhammer News, Cavanaugh said that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s “Green New Deal is the most dangerous policy proposal of our lifetime. … We can fight AOC and Bernie Sanders right here in Alabama, at the PSC, by holding the line on an agenda that values life, freedom and our right to earn a living to take care of our families.”
In another Yellowhammer News story in September about out-of-state environmental activist groups attempting to influence Alabama policies, Cavanaugh said, “The people of Alabama are too smart to buy what these liberal California groups are selling. What they are selling is rolling blackouts and higher bills. They want to keep their donors in the dark and then keep Alabama families in the dark when the grid crashes. That’s exactly what happened when the environmentalists got their way in California.”
Top contributors since primary election: ENPAC, $13,500; Alabama Realtors PAC, $5,000; Protective Life Corp. State PAC, $5,000.
Fundraising for the primary: North Alabama PAC, Huntsville, $19,000; T-Town PAC II, $18,250; Pride PAC II, $16,750; Alabama Realtors PAC, Montgomery, $10,000; EDUPAC, Tuscaloosa, $10,000; Drummond Company, Birmingham, $10,000; Waldrep Stewart and Kendrick LLC, Birmingham, $10,000; Victory PAC, Montgomery, $9,500; AG PAC, Montgomery, $8,500; Alabama Forestry PAC, Montgomery, $5,000; CRA PAC, Montgomery, $5,000; Farm PAC, Montgomery, $5,000; Global Rental Company, Birmingham, $5,000; JOBS PAC, Montgomery, $5,000; Robert Kelly, Birmingham, $5,000; NUCOR Political Action Committee, Decatur, $5,000.
Campaign website: https://www.facebook.com/twinklecavanaugh