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Paul Sanford
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Alabama State Senate District 7
In office
June, 2009-Present
Term ends
November 5, 2018
Years in position 6
Base salary$10/day
Per diem$4,308/month
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedJune, 2009
Next generalNovember 6, 2018
Term limitsN/A
OtherAOS, Culinary Institute of America
Date of birthSeptember 13, 1967
Place of birthHuntsville, AL
ProfessionRestaurant owner
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Personal website
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Paul Sanford (b. September 13, 1967) is a Republican member of the Alabama State Senate, representing District 7. He was first elected in a special election in June 2009 to replace Parker Griffith, who resigned after being elected to Congress.[1]


Sanford earned his AOS from the Culinary Institute of America. He also attended Florence State. He has worked as a restaurant owner since 2002.

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

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

Alabama Committee Assignments, 2015
Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry
Banking and Insurance
County and Municipal Government, Chair
Finance and Taxation General Fund
Fiscal Responsibility and Economic Development
Governmental Affairs
Madison County Legislation


Sanford 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. Michell Howie defeated Rhonda Gaskin in the Democratic primary. Incumbent Paul Sanford defeated David Blair in the Republican primary. Bryan Bennett (D) was selected to replace Howie on August 16, 2014, after Howie withdrew following his wife's unexpected pregnancy.[2][3][4][5][6] Paul Sanford then defeated Bryan Bennett in the general election on November 4, 2014.[7]

Alabama State Senate District 7, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPaul Sanford Incumbent 64.8% 22,873
     Democratic Bryan Bennett 35.1% 12,404
     NA Write-In 0.1% 35
Total Votes 35,312

Alabama State Senate, District 7 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMichell Howie 52.6% 1,392
Rhonda Gaskin 47.4% 1,253
Total Votes 2,645
Alabama State Senate, District 7 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngPaul Sanford Incumbent 72.3% 7,140
David Blair 27.7% 2,742
Total Votes 9,882


See also: Alabama State Senate elections, 2010

Sanford ran for re-election to the 7th District seat in 2010. He had no primary opposition. He defeated Jeff Enfinger in the November 2 general election.[8]

Alabama State Senate, District 7 General election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Paul Sanford (R) 25,333
Jeff Enfinger (D) 20,819


In June, 2009, Sanford won a special election to the 7th District Seat in the Alabama State Senate, defeating opponent Laura Hall (R).[9]

Alabama State Senate, District 7 (2006)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Paul Sanford (D) 11,994
Laura Hall (R) 8,877

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2010, Sanford raised $415,353 in contributions.[10]

His four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Business Council Of Alabama $117,500
Alabama Republican Party $87,103
Alabama Farmers Federation $57,733
Alabama Association Of Realtors $27,000
State legislative candidates endorsed by Tea Party organizations


In 2010, Sanford's endorsements included the following:[11]

  • The Alabama Tea Party Express


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Sanford and his wife, Danielle, have two children They currently live in Huntsville, Alabama.     

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Political offices
Preceded by
Parker Griffith
Alabama State Senate District 7
Succeeded by