Bill Hightower

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Bill Hightower
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Alabama State Senate District 35
Incumbent
In office
March 29, 2013 - Present
Term ends
November 5, 2018
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$10/day
Per diem$4,308/month
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedMarch 12, 2013
Next generalNovember 6, 2018
Term limitsN/A
Education
High schoolMurphy High School
Bachelor'sUniversity of South Alabama
Master'sOwen Graduate School of Management, Vanderbilt University (1990)
Personal
ProfessionSmall Business Owner
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Bill Hightower is a Republican member of the Alabama State Senate, representing District 35. He was first elected to the chamber in a special election on March 12, 2013.

Biography

Hightower owns a private practice that focuses on corporate strategic consulting.

Issues

Campaign themes

2014

Hightower's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[1]

  • Excerpt: "I believe strong families and faith are the fundamental foundations of America."
  • Excerpt: "I believe in small government, low taxes and free enterprise."
  • Excerpt: "I believe in the sanctity of human life."
  • Excerpt: "I believe in school choice and competition in education."
  • Excerpt: "I believe public education decisions are best made at the local level."

Elections

2014

See also: Alabama State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Alabama State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election took place on June 3, 2014; a runoff election took place where necessary on July 15, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was February 7, 2014. Beau Doolittle was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Incumbent Bill Hightower was unopposed in the Republican primary. Hightower then defeated Doolittle in the general election on November 4, 2014.[2][3][4][5][6]

Alabama State Senate District 35, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBill Hightower Incumbent 73.6% 19,173
     Democratic Beau Doolittle 26.3% 6,862
     NA Write-In 0.1% 16
Total Votes 26,051

2013

See also: State legislative special elections, 2013

Hightower won a special election for Alabama State Senate District 35. The seat was vacant due to Ben Brooks's (R) election as a circuit judge in Mobile County on November 6, 2012. Once he was sworn into the new position a special election had to be held to fill the vacancy. A special primary was scheduled for January 29, 2013. Candidates had until December 13, 2012 to file. After no Democrats filed, the primary became the general election. A runoff between the top two vote-getters, Hightower and Jim Barton, took place March 12, which Hightower won.[7][8][9][10]

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Personal

Hightower and his wife, Susan, have three children. Hightower moved to Mobile, Alabama, in 1968.[11]

Hightower is an advisory board member to Outback America, a Christian organization that holds family camps. He is also board chairman of a local Christian School, a committee member of the Mobile Republican Party and serves on the Alabama State Health Planning Council.[11]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Ben Brooks (R)
Alabama State Senate District 35
March 29, 2013 - present
Succeeded by
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