Legislative Director

 

Mimi Penhale, a native of Troy, AL, began working as Legislative Director in September of 2011. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Troy University in 2010. In 2013, she received her Masters in Public Health Organization and Policy from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. At both Universities, she served as a student body leader as the Student Government Association's Vice President of Legislative Affairs and President of the Public Health Student Organization, respectively.

Prior to working for the Delegation, Mimi worked in several different areas of the political arena.  In 2010, she served as a volunteer for Governor Bentley's gubernatorial campaign. Mimi worked as an Alabama Law Institute Intern in 2011 for Senator Ward and the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Mimi is married to Matt Penhale and they are residents of Alabaster, AL.

 

Director's Update

Fall 2017- In the District

By Mimi Penhale, Legislative Director

Since the 2017 Legislative Session ended back in May, our Delegation has been out and about supporting community events and schools. Shelby County cities and organizations have been busy over the past few months with farmers markets, festivals, and events to raise money for Shelby county groups. Some of the events that our Delegation members have attended and are planning to attend include: the annual CASA Roast, tours of local farms with Alabama’s Farmers’ Federation, visiting the Alabama Wildlife Center at Oak Mountain State Park, Montevallo’s Bicentennial Celebration, and the Ground Breaking of the Helena Earth Kind Rose Trials. The Delegation members are also participating in many events around the county on their own, so keep an eye out for them in your area or at your local schools.  

The fall is always a great time for the Legislators to visit schools in their district. Legislators in Alabama are given access to grant money to provide community service projects in their districts. Grants are requested by local schools, libraries, and organizations that work with our public schools. The amount of money that Legislators can access each year is limited and varies depending on revenue brought in by the state.

The grants given by our Delegation members this fall have covered a variety of needs. Some of the grants impacted students and teachers in the classroom, like technology updates and funding for educational programming. Grants outside the classroom will help cover structural updates for school facilities. Some of the organizations awarded grant money for this fall provided students access to programs and community service opportunities that they might not otherwise be able to participate in. The final grants awarded each year are a joint contribution from the Delegation to the overall winners of the Shelby County Schools’ Teacher of the Year recipients. Three teachers, who are named the overall age group winners by the Shelby County Education Foundation, are awarded grant money that can be used by the winners for classroom supplies, technology, or programs.

Providing grants for projects like these and supporting events in the district is a highlight for our Delegation each year. These are a few small ways that we can give back to the communities we serve and love.