Our website is here to better connect the citizens of Shelby county with their legislators. On our "Home" page, you will find videos and email links to of each delegate, as well as, updates on what your legislators are doing around the state and county.
The "Contact Us" page has an email form that comes directly to my email mailbox, but there is also an email address, physical address, contact number, and fax number listed.
Please feel free to contact me or any members of the delegation with your questions. We hope you find this website helpful and look forward to working with you on making Alabama a better place to live.
Mimi W. Penhale
We would like to welcome Representative Corley Ellis
to the Alabama Legislature and
the Shelby County Legislative Delegation
Senator J. T. "JABO" Waggoner
Senator Waggoner, born in Birmingham, Alabama, on January 8, 1937, is serving his sixth term in the Senate after serving from 1966-1983 in the House of Representatives. Senator Waggoner, President, Birmingham Business Consultants, LLC, received his B.A. degree from Birmingham Southern College and his J.D. degree from Birmingham School of Law. He and his wife Marilyn are the parents of four children: Scott (deceased), Mark, Lyn Waggoner Kilpatrick, and Jay.
Senator Waggoner is a Republican and a member of the Homewood Church of Christ. He serves on the following boards: Board of Directors of Birmingham Business Alliance; Faulkner University Board of Trustees; Member of Birmingham, Hoover, Shelby County, Vestavia Hills Chambers of Commerce; Member Vestavia Hills Civitan Club; Inducted into the Birmingham Southern College Sports Hall of Fame, 2007; Greater Birmingham Convention and Visitors Bureau; Alabama Sports Hall of Fame; and Pinnacle Bank. He served as head coach of the Birmingham Touchdown Club and was president of the Birmingham Tip-Off Club.
Senator Waggoner was elected Senate Minority Leader in the 2002-2006 quadrennium, and re-elected on January 16, 2007.
Senator Waggoner was elected Senate Majority Leader on December 8, 2010.
Senator Waggoner has the longest record of service, of any legislator from Jefferson County, in Alabama history.
Shelby County Represenatives during Health Committee Meeting
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Rep. Allen Farley and Rep. Dickie Drake at State House
Senator McClendon works on Redistricting in Al
2016 Special Session Ends
By Mimi Penhale, Legislative Director
This Fall has been busy for the Legislative Delegation. The 2016 Special Session ended on September 7th, which means that the legislators are back in the district working with constituents.
Special Session was dominated by two major bills; a Lottery Proposal for Alabama and bills that addresses the BP Oil Spill Settlement money. After weeks of much debate, both lottery proposals missed the deadline to make the November Election Ballot. Following that deadline, there was some discussion of having a Special Election just to address a possible statewide Lottery vote, but the measures failed. There is a chance that the Lottery Proposals will be brought up again during the 2017 Regular Session, but, as of now, they are dead.
The Legislature did manage to pass a bill that would appropriate the BP Settlement money, during the Special Session. This was another hotly debated topic, that took weeks of committee meetings and arguments from multiple sides, before a compromise was reached that gained enough support to pass the House and Senate. In the end, money from the settlement was allocated to pay debts, a portion was given to Medicaid to cover the 2017 shortfall, and to provide funding for road projects in our gulf counties, Mobile and Baldwin.
The Legislature passed out 14 Amendments during Regular and Special Session that we will see on the November ballot. These Amendments cover a variety of issues including, local legislation, the makeup of the Auburn Board of Trustees, state parks’ revenue, removing words and phrases in the Alabama Constitution that are no longer commonly used, and a measure that would change the current impeachment process for State Officials in Alabama. Make sure you take the time to learn what each Amendment does before you go vote in the General Election on November 8th.
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