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The next Legislature: 35 new faces, same party balance

By MARY SELL, Alabama Daily News

The Alabama Legislature has 37 newly elected House and Senate members, a turnover of about 26%, going into the next quadrennium. Thirty-five of those members will be new faces in the State House.

But Tuesday’s general election, and the May and June primaries and runoffs, didn’t change the political make-up of the heavily Republican chambers. The parties swapped two seats Tuesday, according to unofficial results from the Secretary of State’s office.

Democrat Phillip Ensler defeated incumbent Republican Rep. Charlotte Meadows in House District 74 in Montgomery County. The district was made more Democratic-leaning in last year’s redistricting process.

Ensler becomes the only Jewish legislator in the state and one of three white Democrats. Ensler thanked voters on Twitter late Tuesday.

“From the bottom of my heart, thank you to everyone who supported us and believes in a better, more equitable Alabama for all,” he said. 

In the Wiregrass’ House District 85, Republican challenger Rick Rehm defeated Democrat incumbent Rep. Dexter Grimsley. Rehm’s campaign talking points included ending the sales tax on groceries and stopping the “indoctrination of our school children.”  

And while Libertarians fielded candidates in multiple legislative races, the Legislature remains a two-party operation.

There will be five new Republican women in the House. Incoming Reps. Jennifer Fidler of Fairhope, Donna Givens of Loxley, Frances Holk-Jones of Foley, Leigh Hulsey of Helena and Susan DuBose of Hoover all picked up seats that previously belonged to Republican men. Yet, the overall number of women in the House — 20 — isn’t changing as other female representatives retired or sought other offices. In the Senate, there are now a total of four female senators, one less than previously.

After a slew of legislative retirements, bids for higher office and a few deaths, 22 of the 105 House seats were open this election cycle. In the 35-seat Senate, five were open. Meanwhile, eight House incumbents lost to primary challengers earlier this year. One Senator did as well.

Some the new freshman class come with legislative experience. Merika Coleman, D-Pleasant Grove, is moving from the House to the Senate, where she replaces long-time Democrat Sen. Priscilla Dunn. And former Rep. Mack Butler, a Republican who left office in 2014, is back after defeating Rep. Gill Isbell, R-Gadsden. In that primary race, local officials later said some voters were given incorrect ballots. The ALGOP did not overturn the election results.

Voter turnout Tuesday was about 38.5%, according to unofficial returns from the Secretary of State’s office. Secretary of State John Merrill had predicted turnout of 45% to 50%.

Turnout was higher in the Tennessee Valley, Merrill said, in part because of the Congressional race to replace Mo Brooks and some State House races the people thought would be more competitive. 

Those included State Senate District 2, where incumbent Sen. Tom Butler, R-Madison, spent nearly $890,000, according to the latest campaign finance filings, to hold off Republican and Democrat challengers this year.

And House District 10, open this year because of the retirement of Rep. Mike Ball, R-Madison, now belongs to Republican David Cole. 

In other parts of the state, Democrats narrowly hung onto their seats. Incumbent Rep. Thomas Jackson, D-Thomasville, squeaked by with 51% of the vote. And in Senate District 23, previously held by Sen. Hank Sanders and then his daughter Malika Sanders-Fortier, Democrat Robert Stewart won with 53.4%

There were 46 contested Alabama House races and 16 Senate races on Tuesday’s Alabama ballots. Here are the unofficial results from the Alabama Secretary of State’s office.

Senate

Senate District 2
(i) Tom Butler (R): 55.5%
Kim Lewis (D):44.3%
Senate District 3
(i) Arthur Orr (R):86.5%
Rick Chandler (L): 12.9%
Senate District 6
(i) Larry Stutts (R):86.7%
Kyle Richard-Garrison (L): 12.9%
Senate District 7
(i) Sam Givhan (R): 62.6%
Korey Wilson (D): 37.2%
Senate District 12
Keith Kelley (R): 73.6%
Danny McCullers (D): 26.2%
Senate District 15
(i) Dan Roberts (R): 85.6%
Michael Crump (L): 13.7%
Senate District 17
(i) Shay Shelnutt (R): 90.9%
John Fortenberry (L): 8.7%
Senate District 21
(i) Gerald Allen (R): 66%
Lisa Ward (D): 33.61%
Senate District 23
Robert Stewart (D): 53.4%
Michael Nimmer (R):44.5%
Portia Shepherd: (L): 1.9%
Senate District 24
(i) Bobby Singleton (D): 82%
Richard Benderson (L): 17.1%
Senate District 25
(i) Will Barfoot (R): 85.3%
Louie Albert Woolbright (L): 14%
Senate District 27
Jay Hovey (R): 70.2%
Sherri Reese (D):29.6%
Senate District 28
(i) Billy Beasley (D):80.7%
David Boatwright (L): 18.3%
Senate District 29
(i) Donnie Chesteen (R): 81.3%
Nathan Mathis (D): 16.6%
Floyd “Pete” McBroom (L): 1.9%
Senate District 33
(i) Vivian Figures (D): 66.8%
Peter Riehm (R): 32.9%
Senate District 35
(i) David Sessions (R): 85.3%
Clifton Hudson (L): 14.%

House 

House District 3
Kerry Underwood (R): 65.3%
Wesley Thompson (D): 34.5%
House District 6
(i) Andy Whitt (R): 80.1%
Greg Turner (L): 18.7%
House District 7
Ernie Yarbrough (R): 76.4%
Mose Jones Jr. (D): 21.3%
Marc Durocher (L): 2%
House District 8
(i) Terri Collins (R): 84.7%
Angela Walser (L): 14.7%
House District 9
(i) Scott Stadthagen (R): 91.8%
Gregory Bodine (L): 7.9%
House District 10
David Cole (R): 51.6%
Marilyn Lands (D): 44.9%
Elijah Boyd (L): 3.4%
House District 12
(i) Corey Harbison (R): 85.3%
James Fields (D): 14.4%
House District 13
Matt Woods (R): 94.2%
Mark Davenport (L): 5.4%
House District 15
Leigh Hulsey (R): 63.6%
Richard Rouco (D): 36.2%
House District 18
(i) Jamie Kiel (R): 94.8%
Talia Shimp (L): 5%
House District 25
Phillip Rigsby (R): 57.9%
Mallory Hagan (D): 41.9%
House District 26
Brock Colvin (R): 88.3%
Ben Alford (D): 11.5%
House District 27
(i) Wes Kitchens (R): 89.1%
Herb Neu (D): 10.7%
House District 29
Mark Gidley (R): 93.9%
Clifford Foy Valentin (L): 5.8%
House District 32
(i) Barbara Boyd (D): 55.6%
Evan Jackson (R): 44.2%
House District 33
(i) Ben Robbins (R): 72.6%
Fred Crum (D): 27.2%
House District 38
(i) Debbie Wood (R): 88%
Charles Team Jr. (L): 11.1%
House District 40
Chad Robertson (R): 82.8%
Pam Howard (D): 17%
House District 41
(i) Corley Ellis (R): 75%
Chris Nelson (D): 22%
Matthew Gregory Morris Jr. (L): 2.8%
House District 42
(i) Van Smith (R): 92.7%
Doug Ward (L): 7%
House District 43
(i) Arnold Mooney (R): 74.2%
Prince Cleveland (D): 21.9%
Jason Newell Davis Burr (L): 3.7%
House District 44
(i) Danny Garrett (R): 83.8%
John Wiley Boone (L): 15.3%
House District 45
Susan DuBose (R): 85.5%
Kari Mitchell Whitaker (L): 13.8%
House District 47
Mike Shaw (R): 64%
Christian Coleman (D): 35.9%
House District 48
Jim Carns (R): 84.6%
Bruce Stutts (L): 14.7%
House District 56
Ontario Tillman (D): 90.6%
Carson Lester (L): 8.7%
House District 57
Patrick Sellers (D): 64.8%
Delor Baumann (R): 33.4%
Manijeh Nancy Jones (L): 1.5%
House District 60
(i) Juandalynn Givan (D): 89.3%
P.J. French (L): 10.2%
House District 61
Ron Bolton (R): 89%
Damon Pruet (L): 10.4%
House District 62
Bill Lamb (R): 73.9%
Brenda Cephus (L): 25.9%
House District 63
(i) Cynthia Almond (R): 66.2%
Samuel Adams (D): 33.6%
House District 64
Donna Givens (R): 90.3%
Jeff May (L): 9.2%
House District 65
(i) Brett Easterbrook (R): 72.7%
Marcus Caster (D): 27.2%
House District 68
(i) Thomas Jackson (D): 51.4%
Fred Kelley (R): 48.4%
House District 69
(i) Kelvin Lawrence (D): 55.2%
Karla Knight Maddox (R): 44.6%
House District 74
Phillip Ensler (D): 60%
(i) Charlotte Meadows (R): 39.8%
House District 76
(i) Penni McClammy (D): 90.6%
Scott Manges (L): 8.9%
House District 79
(i) Joe Lovvorn (R):81.2%
Amanda Frison (L): 17.8%
House District 82
(i) Pebblin Warren (D):71%
Lennora “Tia” Pierrot (R): 28.7%
House District 85
Rick Rehm (R): 54%
Dexter Grimsley (D): 45.9%
House District 88
Jerry Starnes (R): 86.2%
Justin “Tyler” May (L): 13.1%
House District 92
Matthew Hammett (R): 86.7%
Steve Hubbard (L): 13.1%
House District 94
Jennifer Fidler (R): 88.3%
Margaret “Maggie” Helveston (L): 11.3%
House District 95
Frances Holk-Jones (R): 85.1%
Richard Brackner (D): 14.7%
House District 100
Mark Shirey (R): 85.2%
Peyton Warren (L): 14%
House District 104
(i) Margie Wilcox (R): 81.3%
Jon Dearman (L): 17.8%
House District 105
(i) Chip Brown (R): 90.1%
Mark Lewis (L): 9.4%
THE NEXT LEGISLATURE

Based on unofficial results from Tuesday’s elections, and the May and June primaries and runoffs, this is the 2022-2026 Alabama Legislature:

SENATE

Senate District I
(i) Tim Melson (R)
Senate District 2
(i) Tom Butler (R)
Senate District 3
(i) Arthur Orr (R)
Senate District 4
(i) Garlan Gudger (R)
Senate District 5
(i) Greg Reed (R)
Senate District 6
(i) Larry Stutts (R)
Senate District 7
(i) Sam Givhan (R)
Senate District 8
(i) Steve Livingston (R)
Senate District 9
(i) Clay Scofield (R)
Senate District 10
(i) Andrew Jones (R)
Senate District 11
Lance Bell (R)
Senate District 12
Keith Kelley (R)
Senate District 13
(i) Randy Price (R)
Senate District 14
(i) April Weaver (R)
Senate District 15
(i) Dan Roberts (R)
Senate District 16
(i) Jabo Waggoner (R)
Senate District 17
(i) Shay Shelnutt (R)
Senate District 18
(i) Rodger Smitherman (D)
Senate District 19
Merika Coleman (D)
Senate District 20
(i) Linda Coleman-Madison (D)
Senate District 21
(i) Gerald Allen (R)
Senate District 22
(i) Greg Albritton (R)
Senate District 23
Robert Stewart (D)
Senate District 24
(i) Bobby Singleton (D)
Senate District 25
(i) Will Barfoot (R)
Senate District 26
(i) Kirk Hatcher (D)
Senate District 27
Jay Hovey (R)
Senate District 28
(i) Billy Beasley (D)
Senate District 29
(i) Donnie Chesteen (R)
Senate District 30
(i) Clyde Chambliss (R)
Senate District 31
Josh Carnley (R)
Senate District 32
(i) Chris Elliott (R)
Senate District 33
(i) Vivian Figures (D)
Senate District 34
(i) Jack Williams (R)
Senate District 35
(i) David Sessions (R)

HOUSE

House District 1
(i) Phillip Pettus (R)
House District 2
Ben Harrison (R)
House District 3
Kerry Underwood (R)
House District 4
(i) Parker Moore (R)
House District 5
(i) Danny Crawford (R)
House District 6
(i) Andy Whitt (R)
House District 7
Ernie Yarbrough (R)
House District 8
(i) Terri Collins (R)
House District 9
(i) Scott Stadthagen (R)
House District 10
David Cole (R)
House District 11
(i) Randall Shedd (R)
House District 12
(i) Corey Harbison (R)
House District 13
Matt Woods (R)
House District 14
(i) Tim Wadsworth (R)
House District 15
Leigh Hulsey (R)
House District 16
(i) Kyle South (R)
House District 17
(i) Tracy Estes (R)
House District 18
(i) Jamie Kiel (R)
House District 19
(i) Laura Hall (D)
House District 20
James Lomax (R)
House District 21
(i) Rex Reynolds (R)
House District 22
(i) Ritchie Whorton (R)
House District 23
Mike Kirkland (R)
House District 24
(i) Nathaniel Ledbetter (R)
House District 25
Phillip Rigsby (R)
House District 26
Brock Colvin (R)
House District 27

(i) Wes Kitchens (R)

House District 28
Mack Butler (R)
House District 29
Mark Gidley (R)
House District 30
(i) Craig Lipscomb (R)
House District 31
Troy Stubbs (R)
House District 32
(i) Barbara Boyd (D)
House District 33
(i) Ben Robbins (R)
House District 34
(i) David Standridge (R)
House District 35
(i) Steve Hurst (R)
House District 36
(i) Randy Wood (R)
House District 37
(i) Bob Fincher (R)
House District 38
(i) Debbie Wood (R)
House District 39
(i) Ginny Shaver (R)
House District 40
Chad Robertson (R)
House District 41
(i) Corley Ellis (R)
House District 42
(i) Van Smith (R)
House District 43
(i) Arnold Mooney (R)
House District 44
(i) Danny Garrett (R)
House District 45
Susan DuBose (R)
House District 46
(i) David Faulkner (R)
House District 47
Mike Shaw (R)
House District 48
(i) Jim Carns (R)
House District 49
(i) Russell Bedsole (R)
House District 50
(i) Jim Hill (R)
House District 51
(i) Allen Treadaway (R)
House District 52
(i) John Rogers (D)
House District 53
(i) Anthony Daniels (D)
House District 54
(i) Neil Rafferty (D)
House District 55
Fred Plump (D)
House District 56
Ontario Tillman (D)
House District 57
Patrick Sellers (D)
House District 58
(i) Rolanda Hollis (D)
House District 59
(i) Mary Moore (D)
House District 60
(i) Jaundalynn Givan (D)
House District 61
Ron Bolton (R)
House District 62
Bill Lamb (R)
House District 63
(i) Cynthia Almond (R)
House District 64
Donna Givens (R)
House District 65
(i) Brett Easterbrook (R)
House District 66
(i) Alan Baker (R)
House District 67
(i) Prince Chestnut (D)
House District 68
(i) Thomas Jackson (D)
House District 69
(i) Kelvin Lawrence (D)
House District 70
(i) Chris England (D)
House District 71
(i) A.J. McCampbell (D)
House District 72
Curtis Travis (D)
House District 73
(i) Kenneth Paschal (R)
House District 74
Phillip Ensler (D)
House District 75
(i) Reed Ingram (R)
House District 76
(i) Penni McClammy (D)
House District 77
(i) Tashina Morris (D)
House District 78
(i) Kenyatta Hassell (D)
House District 79
(i) Joe Lovvorn (R)
House District 80
(i) Chris Blackshear (R)
House District 81
(i) Ed Oliver (R)
House District 82
(i) Pebblin Warren (D)
House District 83
(i) Jeremy Gray (D)
House District 84
(i) Barry Forte (D)
House District 85
Rick Rehm (R)
House District 86
(i) Paul Lee (R)
House District 87
(i) Jeff Sorrells (R)
House District 88
Jerry Starnes (R)
House District 89
Marcus Paramore (R)
House District 90
(i) Chris Sells (R)
House District 91
(i) Rhett Marques (R)
House District 92
Matthew Hammett (R)
House District 93
(i) Steve Clouse (R)
House District 94
Jennifer Fidler (R)
House District 95
Frances Holk-Jones (R)
House District 96
(i) Matt Simpson (R)
House District 97
(i) Adline Clarke (D)
House District 98
(i) Napoleon Bracy (D)
House District 99
(i) Sam Jones (D)
House District 100
Mark Shirley (R)
House District 101
(i) Chris Pringle (R)
House District 102
(i) Shane Stringer (R)
House District 103
(i) Barbara Drummond (D)
House District 104
(i) Margie Wilcox (R)
House District 105
(i) Chip Brown (R)

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