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Richard Laird

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Richard Laird
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Alabama House of Representatives District 37
Incumbent
In office
1978-Present
Term ends
November 5, 2014
Years in position 36
PartyIndependent
Compensation
Base salary$10/day
Per diem$4,308/month
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First elected1978
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Roanoke City Council
1972-1976
Personal
BirthdayJuly 4, 1939
Place of birthRome, GA
ProfessionBusiness Owner
ReligionPentecostal
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Richard J. Laird (b. July 4, 1939) is an Independent member of the Alabama House of Representatives, representing District 37, Chambers, Clay, and Randolph counties. He was first elected in 1978.

Laird changed his party affiliation from Democratic to Independent following the 2012 election.

Biography

Laird is the president and owner of Ranco Incorporated Real Estate and Development, and has also owned Laird's 5 and 10. He served on the Roanoke City Council from 1972-1976.

Committee assignments

2011-2012

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

  • Subcommittee on Resolutions
  • Subcommittee on Appropriations

Elections

2010

See also: Alabama House of Representatives elections, 2010

Laird won re-election to the 37th District seat in 2010. He defeated Rodney Walker in the primary. He then defeated Bob Fincher in the November 2 general election.[1][2]

Alabama House of Representatives, District 37 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes


Green check mark transparent.png Richard Laird (D) 8,106
Bob Fincher (R) 7,011
Alabama House of Representatives, District 37 Democratic Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes


Green check mark transparent.png Richard Laird (D) 3,950
Rodney Walker (D) 2,595

2006

On November 7, 2006, Laird was re-elected to the 37th District Seat in the Alabama House of Representatives, defeating opponent Pete Ward (R).[3]

Laird raised $125,611 for his campaign, while Ward raised $11,095.[4]

Alabama State House, District 37 (2006)
Candidates Votes


Green check mark transparent.png Richard Laird (D) 9,323
Pete Ward (R) 4,008

Campaign donors

2010

In 2010, Laird raised $116,291 in contributions.[5]

His four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Alabama Education Association $9,749
Alabama Farmers Federation $7,501
Alabama Forestry Association $7,500
Business Council Of Alabama $6,000

2006

In 2006, Laird collected $125,611 in donations.

Below are Laird's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2006 election:[6]

Contributor 2006 total
Seth Hammett Campaign $20,500
AL Farmers Federation $13,967
AL Education Assoc $11,151
Environmental Campaign Fund $6,718
AL Forestry Assoc $5,000

Personal

Laird and his wife Peggy have one child.

Laird is a member of the Alabama and Roakone County Cattlemen's Association and Farm Bureau, Alabama Farmers Federation, Handley Avenue Church of God, Randolph County Camp of Gideons International, Randolph County Development Association, Roanoke Rotary Club, Randolph County Boy Scouts of America, and the Randolph County Cattleman's Association and Farm Bureau.[7]

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Alabama House District 37
1978–present
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