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Tom Whatley
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Alabama State Senate District 27
In office
November 3, 2010-Present
Term ends
November 5, 2018
Years in position 5
Base salary$10/day
Per diem$4,308/month
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 6, 2018
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sAuburn University, 1994
J.D.Faulkner University, 1998
Military service
Service/branchAlabama Army National Guard
Years of service1988-present
Date of birthLee County, AL
Office website
Campaign website
Tom Whatley is a Republican member of the Alabama State Senate, representing District 27. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010.


Whatley earned his B.S. in Public Administration from Auburn University and his J.D. from Thomas Goode Jones School of Law in 1999. His professional experience includes working for the Alabama Public Service Commission and as Chief of Staff to the Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court. Whatley served in the Alabama National Guard, attaining the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

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

Alabama Committee Assignments, 2015
Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, Chair
Banking and Insurance
Finance and Taxation Education
Health and Human Services
Transportation and Energy
Veterans and Military Affairs


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


Campaign themes


Whatley's website highlighted the following campaign issues:

  • Economy
Excerpt: "There are many things that we can do to grow our economy but most importantly we must cut wasteful spending and reduce taxes on our small businesses and families."
  • Education
Excerpt: "We must help our young people develop the necessary skills to perform to the highest standards, not only by emphasizing reading, science, and math skills, but also by putting time and money into vocational programs such as agriculture and health services education."
  • Ethics
Excerpt: "It's time to end corruption in Montgomery. The practice of career politicians voting themselves a 62% pay raise and double-dipping in our junior college system with do-nothing, no-show jobs must stop."
  • Military
Excerpt: "We must support our Alabama National Guard."



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. Haylee Moss was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Incumbent Tom Whatley defeated Andy Carter in the Republican primary. Whatley defeated Moss in the general election.[1][2][3][4]

Alabama State Senate District 27, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTom Whatley Incumbent 65.5% 19,808
     Democratic Haylee Moss 34.3% 10,358
     NA Write-In 0.2% 56
Total Votes 30,222

Alabama State Senate, District 27 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngTom Whatley Incumbent 53.1% 7,950
Andy Carter 46.9% 7,010
Total Votes 14,960


See also: Alabama State Senate elections, 2010

Whatley defeated incumbent Democrat T.D. Little in the November 2 general election.[5]

Alabama State Senate, District 27 General election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Tom Whatley (R) 21,245
T.D. Little (D) 17,379

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2010, Whatley raised $746,919 in contributions.[6]

His five largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Alabama Republican Party $164,635
Whatley, Charles & Ann $100,000
Business Council of Alabama $92,500
Alabama Farmers Federation $54,301
Del Marsh for Senate $31,500
State legislative candidates endorsed by Tea Party organizations


Presidential preference


See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Tom Whatley endorsed Newt Gingrich in the 2012 presidential election. [7]


In 2010, Whatley's endorsements included the following:[8]

  • The Alabama Tea Party Express


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Political offices
Preceded by
T.D. Little
Alabama State Senate District 27
Succeeded by