Bill Holtzclaw

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Bill Holtzclaw
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Alabama State Senate District 2
In office
Term ends
November 5, 2014
Years in position 4
Base salary$10/day
Per diem$4,308/month
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
High schoolJonesboro High School
Bachelor'sAthens State University, 2006
Military service
Service/branchUS Marine Corps
Years of service1983-2003
BirthdayMay 12, 1964
Place of birthElaine, AR
ReligionChristian - Methodist
Office website
Personal website
Campaign website
Bill Holtzclaw (b. May 12, 1964) is a Republican member of the Alabama State Senate, representing District 2. He was elected in 2010.


Holtzclaw graduated from Jonesboro High School in 1982. Holtzclaw earned his B.S. in Business from Athens State University in 2006. He is currently enrolled in an M.S. in Management program at the Florida Institute of Technology. Holtzclaw served in the Marine Corps from 1982 to 2003.

Committee assignments


Holtzclaw served on these committees in the 2011-2012 legislative session:


Campaign themes


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

  • Jobs & Economic Growth
Excerpt: "North Alabama is unique in that we weathered the economic downturn better than most, but I would like to lead our area in further diversifying the economy so future growth can be sustainable. Solely relying on the federal government puts our area on rocky ground in times of federal government shutdowns and scale backs, but I believe our district’s talent and resources are the foundation upon which great expansion can be built."
  • Controlling Spending
Excerpt: "Your household can’t spend more money than it takes in. Government should be no different. I have pushed for balanced budgets each year along with measures that force accountability in spending. We made great strides in improving the economic forecast for the future."
  • Infrastructure
Excerpt: "Inadequate infrastructure in Madison & Limestone counties has added to congested roads and commuter frustration. For decades, our area sent money to Montgomery only to have less than one-half returned to us for roads and bridges. I ran on a platform to change this, and we have."
  • Common Sense
Excerpt: "I’ve always done what I said I would do. Polls don’t sway me, and neither do slick-talking lobbyists. You elected me to apply common sense to government’s problems, and that’s what I’ll continue to do."
  • Ethics Reform
Excerpt: "In the winter of 2010, we passed the toughest ethics laws ever proposed in Alabama. I was proud to be a part of that effort which brought about sweeping reform and raised the confidence of the voters about the integrity of elected officials."
  • Making Education Work
Excerpt: "The future of Alabama’s potential for growth in tomorrow’s job market depends on the foundation we lay today in our education system. Dollars spent wisely on education will yield dividends for decades to come. I am proud that we took on the task of addressing some things in our schools that our predecessors failed to address."
  • Second Amendment
Excerpt: "If you want to start a fight in Alabama, just talk about tinkering with gun laws. Folks in this state like their guns, and I‘m one of them. What we’ve done in the legislature is to keep the Second Amendment stronger than ever so that law-abiding citizens are not denied the right to purchase, own and carry guns."
  • Choosing Life
Excerpt: "As someone given up by an unwed mother and raised in an orphanage and by a foster family, I appreciate the meaning of life. In any decision, I err on the side of life."
  • Illegal Immigration
Excerpt: "The United States is a melting pot of people from all walks of life who came to our shores and borders seeking liberty and opportunity. Unfortunately in recent years, the federal government shirked its responsibility to make sure those who came and remained here did so legally. When that privilege was abused, we took the bull by the horns and passed tough immigration laws to protect Alabama jobs and force the federal government to action."
  • Federal & Military Installations
Excerpt: "I believe the Military Stability Commission will ensure that Alabama remains at the forefront of defense preparedness as it works with the TVA BRAC for the future of our military operations in this region. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know what Redstone and other federal defense missions mean to our region."


Holtzclaw's website highlighted the following campaign themes:

State issues
  • Decentralizing the Power Base in Montgomery
Excerpt: "We cannot lose sight of the fact that the centralized power base in Montgomery continues to negatively affect bipartisan efforts in this region."
  • Economic Development
Excerpt: "...I will work to bring new businesses to District 2. But I also believe the state must provide incentives to existing business and industry as well. We must do more to help struggling businesses keep their doors open and viable in these tough times."
  • Ethics Reform
Excerpt: " Government is not smarter than the people they represent, and I support an open, honest, transparent government where the peoples’ voice is not only heard but also acted upon."
  • Transportation Needs in North Alabama
Excerpt: "North Alabama is a key economic engine of the state, and while I support a portion of this region’s success to assist less-developed parts of the state, the majority of funding should return to North Alabama."
  • Public Education
Excerpt: "The quality of tomorrow’s workforce depends upon the educational foundation we lay today. We must support high standards in education, as they will pay long term dividends in economic development – ensuring jobs for tomorrow and beyond."
  • A Few General Observations
Excerpt: "I believe public officials are NOT smarter than the people who elected them to govern – elected officials need to listen to the people. I believe in an open and honest government where the people’s voice is not only heard but acted upon... To me, fiscal conservatism means balancing budgets - not running deficits that the next generation can't afford."
Federal issues
  • The Right to Life
Excerpt: "I am unabashedly pro-life and against abortion except in the case of rape, incest or danger to the life of the mother."
  • The Right to Bear Arms
Excerpt: "I believe in the Second Amendment and am convinced that law-abiding citizens should be able to purchase and keep guns free from interference by the federal government."
  • Healthcare Reform
Excerpt: " I support fixing what’s wrong with health care, which doesn’t mean a complete government overhaul of the system. Health care reform is a three-legged stool – we cannot talk health care reform without talking tort reform, illegal immigration and personal responsibility for healthy lifestyle choices."
  • National Defense
Excerpt: "I believe the best defense is a strong offense. We must support and equip the men and women who valiantly serve our nation and its interests abroad."
  • Illegal Immigration
Excerpt: "Fault for our illegal immigrant problems lies with the federal government all the way down to the local businesses who hire illegal immigrants as laborers."



See also: Alabama State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Alabama State Senate will take place in 2014. A primary election took place June 3, 2014; a runoff election took place where necessary on July 15, 2014. The general election will be held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was February 7, 2014. Incumbent Bill Holtzclaw defeated George Barry in the Republican primary and is unchallenged in the general election.[2][3][4][5]

Alabama State Senate, District 2 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBill Holtzclaw Incumbent 66% 6,818
George Barry 34% 3,514
Total Votes 10,332


See also: Alabama State Senate elections, 2010

Holtzclaw defeated incumbent Tom Butler in the November 2 general election.[6]

Alabama State Senate, District 2 General election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Bill Holtzclaw (R) 33,050
Tom Butler (D) 23,060

Campaign donors


In 2010, Holtzclaw raised $343,161 in contributions.[7]

His four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Alabama Republican Party $96,025
Alabama Republican Party State Account $51,000
Del Marsh for Senate $26,000
Alabama Forestry Association $20,000
State legislative candidates endorsed by Tea Party organizations


In 2010, Holtzclaw endorsements included the following:[8]

  • The Alabama Tea Party Express


Holtzclaw and his wife, Pam, have two children.

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Preceded by
Tom Butler
Alabama State Senate District 2
Succeeded by