Jim McClendon

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Jim McClendon
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Alabama State Senate, District 11
In office
November 5, 2014 - Present
Term ends
November 5, 2018
Years in position 1
Base salary$10/day
Per diem$4,308/month
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 4, 2014
Next generalNovember 6, 2018
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Alabama House of Representatives
District 50
Bachelor'sBirmingham-Southern College, 1965
OtherOD, University of Houston, 1967
Place of birthMobile, AL
Office website
Personal website
Jim McClendon (b. January 10, 1943) is a Republican member of the Alabama State Senate, representing District 11. He was first elected to the chamber in 2014.

McClendon is a former Republican member of the Alabama House of Representatives, representing District 50 from 2002 to 2014.


McClendon is a retired optometrist. He had a private practice from 1971 to 2002, and served as an assistant professor of Optometry at the University of Alabama, Birmingham.

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, McClendon served on the following committees:

Alabama Committee Assignments, 2015
Education and Youth Affairs
Fiscal Responsibility and Economic Development
Health and Human Services, Vice chair
Shelby County Legislation
Transportation and Energy


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



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. Ron Crumpton was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Jim McClendon defeated incumbent Jerry L. Fielding in the Republican primary.[1][2][3][4] McClendon then defeated Crumpton in the general election on November 4, 2014.[5][6]

Alabama State Senate District 11, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJim McClendon 77.6% 24,318
     Democratic Ron Crumpton 22.3% 6,981
     NA Write-In 0.1% 31
Total Votes 31,330

Alabama State Senate, District 11 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJim McClendon 62.7% 9,458
Jerry L. Fielding Incumbent 37.3% 5,637
Total Votes 15,095


See also: Alabama House of Representatives elections, 2010

McClendon won re-election to the 50th District seat in 2010. He had no opposition.[7]


On November 7, 2006, McClendon was re-elected to the 50th District Seat in the Alabama House of Representatives, running uncontested in the general election.[8]

McClendon raised $126,117 for his campaign.[9]

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2010, McClendon raised $133,149 in contributions.[10]

His four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Alabama Optometric Association $25,000
Mcclendon, James H $20,000
Alabama Association Of Realtors $6,000
Community Bankers Association Of Alabama $2,500
Fight Back For Justice $2,500


In 2006, McClendon collected $126,117 in donations.

Below are McClendon's top five campaign contributors in the 2006 election:[11]

Contributor 2006 total
AL Optometric Assoc $25,000
Community Bankers Assoc of AL $5,000
Franklin PAC $3,000
Sound Economy PAC $1,500
Medical Assoc of the State of AL $1,500


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Presidential preference


See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Jim McClendon endorsed Newt Gingrich in the 2012 presidential election. [12]


McClendon and his wife, Ellen, have two children.

McClendon is a trustee of the Springville First United Methodist Church. He is also president of the Alabama Optometric Association, founder and director of Davis Lake Fire Department and a member of the Jefferson County Health Planning Commission.[13]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Jerry L. Fielding (R)
Alabama State Senate District 11
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Alabama House District 50
Succeeded by
Jim Hill (R)