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Joseph C. Mitchell

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Joseph C. Mitchell
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Alabama House of Representatives District 103
Former member
In office
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sMorehouse College, 1969
Master'sUniversity of South Alabama, 1974
Ph.D.Texas A&M University, 1983
OtherCASE, University of Alabama-Birmingham, 1979
Date of birthMay 28, 1948
Place of birthMobile, AL
ProfessionResearcher/Founder, Alabama American Research and Education Associates, Inc.
ReligionAfrican Methodist Episcopal
Joseph C. Mitchell (b. May 28, 1948) is a former Democratic member of the Alabama House of Representatives, representing District 103 from 1994 to 2014. Mitchell did not seek re-election in 2014.


Mitchell's professional experience includes working as a researcher at the Alabama American Research and Education Associates Incorporated, industrial engineer, jazz musician and educator.

Committee assignments


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

  • Subcommittee on Professional Qualifications
  • Subcommittee on Higher Education


Email controversy

On January 27, 2013, Mitchell used his official government email account to respond to a constituent who was urging lawmakers not to pass laws curtailing gun ownership. Mitchell wrote, "Your folk never used all this sheit (sic) to protect my folk from your slave-holding, murdering, adulterous, baby-raping, incestuous, snaggle-toothed, backward-a**ed, inbreed (sic), imported criminal-minded kin folk." The constituent, Eddie Maxwell, replied by saying "That’s not the type of reply I expect to receive from a state legislator. I’m not a racist and I find your reply to be especially offensive considering the position you hold."[1]



See also: Alabama House of Representatives elections, 2010

Mitchell won re-election to the 103rd District seat in 2010. He had no opposition.[2]


On November 7, 2006, Mitchell was re-elected to the 103rd District Seat in the Alabama House of Representatives, running unopposed in the general election.[3]

Mitchell raised $74,498 for his campaign.[4]

Campaign donors


In 2010, Mitchell raised $23,261 in contributions.[5]

His four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
FGA PAC $5,000
L PAC $5,000
Alabama Trial Lawyers Association $2,500
Alabama State Employees Association $2,500


In 2006, Mitchell collected $74,498 in donations.

Below are Mitchell's top five campaign contributors in the 2006 election:[6]

Contributor 2006 total
AL Education Assoc $20,000
Seth Hammett Campaign $10,000
AL Trial Lawyers Assoc $6,500
Milton E McGregor $3,000
Alabama AFL-CIO $2,000


Mitchell has a wife, Janetta.

Mitchell is a member of the Charity Hospitals of Louisiana, Community Education, City of Mobile, Coosa County Public School Adult Education, Fulton-Dekalb Hospital Authority, Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church, and is a Neighborhood Youth Corp Instructor.[7]


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Preceded by
Alabama House District 103
Succeeded by
Barbara Drummond (D)