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The Alabama State Senate is the upper house of the Alabama Legislature, the state legislature of the U.S. state of Alabama. The body is composed of 35 members representing an equal amount of districts across the state, with each district containing at least 127,140 citizens. Similar to the lower House, the Senate serves both without term limits and with a four-year term.

The Alabama State Senate meet at the State House in Montgomery.

Like other upper houses of state and territorial legislatures and the federal U.S. Senate, the Senate can confirm or reject gubernatorial appointments to the state cabinet, commissions and boards.

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Leadership of the Senate

The Lieutenant Governor of Alabama serves as the President of the Senate, but only casts a vote if required to break a tie. In his or her absence, the President Pro Tempore presides over the Senate. The President Pro Tempore is elected by the full Senate by nominations taken from the floor, followed by a recorded vote. The President Pro Tempore is the chief leadership position in the Senate. The other Senate Majority and Minority leaders are elected by their respective party caucuses.

The President of the Senate is Alabama Lieutenant Governor Jim Folsom, Jr.. The President Pro Tempore is Democrat Rodger Smitherman. The Majority Leader is Democrat Zeb Little of the 4th District (Cullman, Lawrence, Winston). The Minority Leader is Republican J. T. Waggoner of the 16th District (Jefferson, Shelby).

Composition

Affiliation Party
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Total
Democratic Republican Vacant
End of previous legislature 25 10 35 0
Begin 23 12 35 0
January 10, 2008[1] 22 13
November 24, 2008[2] 21 34 1
January 11, 2009[3] 20 33 2
January 21, 2009[4] 19 32 3
June 2, 2009[5] 20 33 2
June 9, 2009[6] 14 34 1
June 30, 2009[7] 21 35 0
Latest voting share 60% 40%

Members

District Name Party Hometown First Elected Counties Represented
1 Bobby E. Denton Dem Muscle Shoals 1978 Colbert, Lauderdale
2 Tom Butler Dem Madison 1994 Limestone, Madison
3 Arthur Orr Rep Decatur 2006 Limestone, Madison, Morgan
4 Zeb Little Dem Cullman 1998 Cullman, Lawrence, Winston
5 Charles Bishop Rep Jasper 2006 Jefferson, Tuscaloosa, Walker, Winston
6 Roger Bedford, Jr. Dem Russellville 1982 Colbert, Fayette, Franklin, Lamar, Lawrence, Marion, Winston
7 Paul Sanford Rep 2009 Madison
8 Lowell Barron Dem Fyffe 1982 DeKalb, Jackson, Madison
9 Hinton Mitchem Dem Union Grove 1978 Blount, Madison, Marshall
10 Larry Means Dem Attalla 1998 Cherokee, Etowah
11 Jim Preuitt Dem Talladega 1980 Calhoun, Coosa, Elmore, Talladega
12 Del Marsh Rep Anniston 1998 Calhoun, St. Clair
13 Kim Benefield Dem Woodland 2006 Chambers, Cherokee, Clay, Cleburne, Lee, Randolph
14 Henry E. Erwin, Jr. Rep Montevallo 2002 Bibb, Chilton, Jefferson, Shelby
15 Steve French Rep Birmingham 1998 Jefferson, Shelby
16 J. T. Waggoner Rep Birmingham 1990 Jefferson, Shelby
17 Scott Beason Rep Gardendale 2006 Blount, Jefferson, St. Clair
18 Rodger Smitherman Dem Birmingham 1994 Jefferson
19 Priscilla Dunn Dem 2009 Jefferson
20 Linda Coleman Dem Birmingham 2006 Jefferson
21 Phil Poole Dem Moundville 1994 Hale, Pickens, Tuscaloosa
22 Marc Keahey Dem Grove Hill 2009 Baldwin, Choctaw, Clarke, Conecuh, Escambia, Mobile, Monroe, Washington
23 Henry Sanders Dem Selma 1982 Autauga, Clarke, Conecuh, Dallas, Lowndes, Marengo, Monroe, Perry, Wilcox
24 Bobby Singleton Dem Greensboro 2005 Bibb, Choctaw, Greene, Hale, Marengo, Perry, Sumter, Tuscaloosa
25 Larry Dixon Rep Montgomery 1982 Elmore, Montgomery
26 Quinton Ross Dem Montgomery 2002 Montgomery
27 T. D. Little Dem Auburn 1974, 1990 Lee, Russell, Tallapoosa
28 Myron Penn Dem Union Springs 2002 Barbour, Bullock, Henry, Lee, Macon, Russell
29 Harri Anne Smith Rep Slocomb 1998 Dale, Geneva, Houston
30 Wendell Mitchell Dem Luverne 1982 Autauga, Butler, Crenshaw, Elmore, Lowndes, Pike
31 Jimmy Holley Rep Elba 1998 Coffee, Covington, Dale, Houston
32 Trip Pittman Rep Eastern Shore 2007 Baldwin
33 Vivian Davis Figures Dem Mobile 1997 Mobile
34 Rusty Glover Rep Semmes 2006 Mobile
35 Ben Brooks Rep Mobile 2006 Mobile

References

  1. ^ Democrat Jimmy Holley switched parties to Republican.
  2. ^ Democrat Parker Griffith resigned.
  3. ^ Democrat Pat Lindsey died.
  4. ^ Democrat Edward McClain vacated his seat after being convicted of felonies.
  5. ^ Democrat Marc Keahey won special election.
  6. ^ Republican Paul Sanford won special election.
  7. ^ Democrat Priscilla Dunn won special election.

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