|Alabama State Senate District 4|
|November 5, 2014|
|Years in position||4|
|Elections and appointments|
|First elected||November 2, 2010|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Bachelor's||Troy State University|
|Place of birth||New Orleans, LA|
Bussman received his B.S. from Troy State University. He then attended the University of Alabama's, School of Dentistry and earned his Ph.D. He has worked as a dentist in Cullman since.
Bussman served on the following committees in the 2011-2012 legislative session:
- Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee
- Banking and Insurance Committee
- Children, Youth Affairs and Human Resources Committee Chair
- Constitution, Campaign Finance, Ethics and Elections Committee
- Fiscal Responsibility and Accountability Committee
- Health Committee Vice-Chair
- Local Legislation No. 1 Committee
Bussman's website highlighted the following campaign themes:
- Ethics Reform
- Excerpt: "In 2010, Paul ran on ethics reform and making transparency in government a priority. In his first legislative session, he co-sponsored and helped pass sweeping ethics reform and continues to make that a priority for state government:
- Passed legislation, which gave the Ethics Commission the power to investigate violations and gather evidence. (SB1, 2010x)
- Passed legislation, which prohibited public employees from using payroll deductions to pay dues to the AEA and ASEA. (SB2, 2010x)
- Passed legislation, which prohibited legislators from holding other state jobs while serving in the General Assembly. (SB3, 2010x)
- Passed legislation, which placed limits on what lobbyists may give to legislators. (SB14, 2010x)
- Passed Legislation to prohibit nepotism within state agencies and the granting of service contracts with relatives. (SB146, 2013)"
- Jobs and Economy
- Excerpt: "Paul believes we need more good paying jobs. When people have jobs, they are able to provide for their families and are more closely connected to the community. Paul has fought for improvements in infrastructure, tourism, and economic development."
- Passed legislation to allow rural Alabama counties to participate in the Rural Assistance Match Program which provided millions of dollars of infrastructure improvements to the district. (SB192, 2013)
- Passed legislation to further define a compensable week for unemployment benefits. (SB300, 2012)
- Passed the Pharmacy Audit Integrity Act, which established uniform standards and criteria for audit of pharmacy records. (SB383, 2012)
- Passed legislation to extend the corporate limits of the City of Cullman. (SB462, 2012)
- Passed legislation to create the Office of Secretary of Information Technology within State Government as the principal advisor to the Governor on information technology policy. (SB117, 2013)
- Passed legislation to specify the circumstances under which the unemployment compensation account for employers may be charged for overpayment of benefits. (SB201, 2013)
- Excerpt: "Paul believes you pay enough. He opposes new taxes and looks for ways to improve government efficiency to save tax dollars. Government is too big and too costly. New taxes are not the answer and Paul Bussman will oppose them whenever they come up."
- Passed the Jason Barfield Act, which provides an income tax exemption for members of the Armed Forces who were killed in action, and their spouses. (SB393, 2012)
- Excerpt: "Paul believes that Alabama’s education system has been in the lower half of the country for many years. That’s unacceptable. We need to educate our children at a higher level so they can compete in a global marketplace. Paul opposes all federal intervention into our education system, including Common Core and other federal mandates."
- Passed legislation to provide supplemental funding for teachers certified by National Board of Professional Teaching Standards. (SB143, 2012)
- Public Safety
- Excerpt: "Paul believes the efficiency of public safety should be a core priority for the citizens of Alabama. We should not be handicapped by slow moving bureaucracy when it comes to the safety issue of the people."
- Passed legislation to make it easier for citizens to acquire storm shelters. (SB136, 2012)
- Passed legislation to create the Blue Alert System to alert the public to a suspect that is wanted for injuring a law enforcement officer. (SB180, 2012)
- Passed legislation to create the Alabama Interagency Council for the Prevention of Elder Abuse. (SB262, 2012)
- Passed legislation to create the Alabama State Law Enforcement Agency to coordinate law enforcement and investigative services. (SB108, 2013)
- Excerpt: "Paul believes the federal immigration laws force Alabama to protect its citizens. That’s why Paul supported the toughest immigration reform in the nation. We are a nation of legal immigrants. We should welcome those that follow the law and the legal process to work."
Bussman's website highlighted the following campaign themes:
- Creating quality jobs
- "Overhaul the tax code to stimulate businesses to expand and hire our people
- Invest in worker retraining
- Provide small business opportunity for development"
- Improving education
- "Protect parents’ rights to choose how to educate their child
- Assure that our children have a safe environment to learn
- Stop the destructive results of proration by developing a better budgeting system"
- Improving the security of the family
- "Protect the family’s right to bear arms
- Protect the family’s heart by preserving the union of marriage between a man and a woman
- Protect the unborn child from abortion"
- Preventing government interference
- "Block politicians from using your money for political projects and payoffs
- Eliminate the slush funds that buy votes
- Return to a four-year property tax re-appraisal"
- Illegal immigration
- "AL cannot be a safe haven for illegal immigrants
- Companies should not be allowed to bid on State jobs without proof of the legal status of their employees
- Utilize the E-Verify system to identify a legal workforce in AL"
- "Stop the PAC-to-PAC shell game
- Open all records for public scrutiny
- Make lobbyists and legislators disclose all contributions and perks"
- 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 take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was February 7, 2014. Angelo Mancuso was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Incumbent Paul Bussman defeated Bruce Whitlock in the Republican primary. Mancuso will face Bussman in the general election.
|Alabama State Senate, District 4 Republican Primary, 2014|
|Paul Bussman Incumbent||61.4%||12,069|
- See also: Alabama State Senate elections, 2010
Bussman defeated opponents Tom Beason and Patricia McGriff in the June 1 primary, receiving 7,061 votes to McGriff's 5,079 and Beason's 4,565. He then defeated Patricia McGriff in the July 13 primary runoff election, receiving 7,489 votes to McGriff's 6,334. He then defeated incumbent Democrat Zebulon Little in the November 2 general election.
|Alabama State Senate, District 4 General election (2010)|
|Paul Bussman (R)||25,621|
|Zebulon Little (D)||18,733|
|Alabama State Senate, District 4 Republican Primary (2010)|
|Paul Bussman (R)||7,061|
|Patricia McGriff (R)||5,079|
|Tom Beason (R)||4,565|
|Alabama State Senate, District 4 Republican Primary Runoff (2010)|
|Paul Bussman (R)||7,489|
|Patricia McGriff (R)||6,334|
In 2010, Bussman raised $431,599 in contributions.
His four largest contributors were:
|Business Council Of Alabama||$92,500|
|Alabama Republican Party||$86,064|
|Alabama Dental Association||$30,000|
|Marsh For Senate||$28,500|
In 2010, Bussman's endorsements included the following:
- The Alabama Tea Party Express
He and his wife, Holly, have four children. The currently live in Cullman, Alabama.
This section displays the most recent stories in a google news search for the term "Paul+ Bussman + Alabama + Senate." Because the results are from a google search, it is possible that some of the links below are not actually related to the legislator.
- Alabama State Senate
- Senate Committees
- Alabama State Legislature
- Alabama state legislative districts
- Paul Bussman's campaign website
- Senate website
- Profile from Open States
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign contributions: 2010
- Paul Bussman on Twitter
- Paul Bussman, "Issues," accessed May 1, 2014
- Alabama Democrats, "Qualified candidates for public office list," accessed February 25, 2014
- Alabama Republican Party, "State Senate," accessed February 25, 2014
- Alabama Secretary of State, "Official Democratic Primary Results," accessed June 20, 2014
- Alabama Secretary of State, "Official Republican Primary Results," accessed June 20, 2014
- Alabama2010.com, "Republican Primary results," accessed May 5, 2014
- Alabama Secretary of State, "Official 2010 General election results," accessed July 18, 2014
- Follow the Money, "2010 contributions," accessed December 23, 2013
- The Alabama Tea Party Express, "Endorsements," November 2, 2010
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