Rodger Smitherman

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Rodger Smitherman
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Alabama State Senate District 18
In office
Term ends
November 5, 2018
Years in position 21
Senate President Pro Tempore
Base salary$10/day
Per diem$4,308/month
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First elected1994
Next generalNovember 6, 2018
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Montevallo
J.D.Miles Law School
Date of birthMarch 2, 1953
Place of birthMontgomery, AL
Office website
Rodger Mell Smitherman (b.March 2, 1953) is a Democratic member of the Alabama State Senate, representing District 18. He was first elected in 1994. Smitherman served as President Pro Tempore of the Alabama Senate from Thursday, February 5, 2009, until 2011.[1]


Smitherman earned his B.B.A. from University of Montevallo and his J.D. from Miles Law School.

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

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

Alabama Committee Assignments, 2015
Constitution, Ethics and Elections
Finance and Taxation Education
Fiscal Responsibility and Economic Development
Jefferson County Legislation


Smitherman 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. Incumbent Rodger Smitherman was unopposed in the Democratic primary and was unchallenged in the general election.[2][3][4][5]


See also: Alabama State Senate elections, 2010

Smitherman ran for re-election to the 18th District seat in 2010. He defeated Fred Horn in the primary, receiving 7,719 votes to Horn's 3,083. He then faced no opposition in the November 2 general election.[6][7]

Alabama State Senate, District 18 Democratic Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Rodger Smitherman (D) 7,719
Fred Horn (D) 3,083


On November 7, 2006, Smitherman won re-election to the 18th District Seat in the Alabama State Senate, defeating opponent Nance Stanley (R).[8]

Smitherman raised $452,242 for his campaign, while Stanley raised $3,342.[9]

Alabama State Senate, District 18 (2006)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Rodger Smitherman (D) 21,212
Nance Stanley (R) 5,063


On November 5, 2006, Smitherman won re-election to the 18th District Seat in the Alabama State Senate, running unopposed in the general election.[10]

Smitherman raised $265,160 for his campaign.[11]

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In 2010, Smitherman raised $454,755 in contributions.[12]

His four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Alabama Education Association $50,000
FGA PAC $33,000
Medical Association of the State of Alabama $25,000
Alabama Road Builders Association $20,000


In 2006, Smitherman collected $452,242 in donations.[13]

His five largest contributors in 2006 were:

Donor Amount
Alabama Education Association $50,000
Alabama Trial Lawyers Association $43,500
Medical Association of the State of Alabama $20,000
FGA PAC $17,000
Childrens PAC $16,500


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Smitherman and his wife, Carole, have four children. They reside in Birmingham, Alabama.

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Preceded by
Alabama State Senate District 18
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