Ralph Anthony Howard

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Ralph Anthony Howard
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Alabama House of Representatives District 72
In office
Term ends
November 5, 2018
Years in position 10
Base salary$10/day
Per diem$4,308/month
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First elected2005
Next generalNovember 6, 2018
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Alabama
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Marines
ProfessionAdult Education Instructor
Office website
Ralph Anthony Howard is a Democratic member of the Alabama House of Representatives, representing District 72, Hale, Marengo, Perry, and Bibb counties. He has served since winning a special election in May 2005.


Howard is employed as an adult education instructor at Shelton State Community College of Tuscaloosa.

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

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

Alabama Committee Assignments, 2015
Local Legislation
Military and Veterans' Affairs
State Government


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



See also: Alabama House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Alabama House of Representatives 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. Incumbent Ralph Anthony Howard faced James E. Carter, Patrick Arrington, and Thomas Moore in the Democratic primary. Because no candidate received more than 50 percent of the vote, the top two vote-getters - Howard and Moore - met in a runoff election, which Howard won.[1] Howard was unchallenged in the general election.[2][3][4][5]

Alabama House of Representatives, District 72 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRalph Anthony Howard Incumbent 36.4% 4,667
Green check mark transparent.pngThomas Moore 29.3% 3,756
Patrick Arrington 20.4% 2,619
James E. Carter 13.9% 1,783
Total Votes 12,825


See also: Alabama House of Representatives elections, 2010

Howard won re-election to the 72nd District seat in 2010. He defeated Melvin Hugh Lightning and Johnny Lee Flowers in the primary. He then ran unopposed in the November 2 general election.[6][7]

Alabama House of Representatives, District 72 Democratic Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Ralph Anthony Howard (D) 4,898
Johnny Lee Flowers (D) 3,147
Melvin Hugh Lightning (D) 498


On November 7, 2006, Howard was re-elected to the 72nd District Seat in the Alabama House of Representatives, running unopposed in the general election.[8]

Howard raised $47,199 for his campaign.[9]

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2010, Howard raised $71,278 in contributions.[10]

His four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Alabama Farmers Federation $26,038
Alabama Education Association $10,000
FGA PAC $6,000
Howard, Ralph $5,000


In 2006, Howard collected $47,199 in donations.

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

Contributor 2006 total
AL Education Assoc $10,000
SAWPAC $5,000
AL Trial Lawyers Assoc $4,500
Arbor Cmte $4,000
Seth Hammett Campaign $4,000


Howard has four children.

He is a member of the Disabled American Veterans, Friendship Lodge 228, and Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church.[12]


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Preceded by
Alabama House District 72
May 2005–present
Succeeded by