Gerald Dial

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Gerald Dial
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Alabama State Senate District 13
In office
November 3, 2010-Present
Term ends
November 5, 2018
Years in position 5
Senate Majority Whip
Base salary$10/day
Per diem$4,308/month
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Next generalNovember 6, 2018
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sLivington State University
OtherED, Jacksonville State University
Military service
Service/branchAlabama National Guard
Years of service1959-1997
Date of birthNovember 17, 1937
Place of birthDelta, AL
ProfessionReal Estate Developer
Office website
(Archived) Personal website
Gerald Dial (b. November 17, 1937) is a Republican member of the Alabama State Senate, representing District 13. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010.

Dial served on the Lineville City Council from 1972 to 1974. He then served in the Alabama House of Representatives from 1974 to 1982. He then served in the Alabama State Senate.


Dial earned his B.S. from Livington State University and his E.D. from Jacksonville State University. He also attended graduate studies at Auburn University. Dial has worked for Lineville High School as a teacher and coach. He is currently a self-employed real estate developer. Dial also served in the Alabama National Guard as a Brigadier General.

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

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

Alabama Committee Assignments, 2015
Finance and Taxation Education
Health and Human Services, Chair
Transportation and Energy
Veterans and Military Affairs


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


Campaign themes


Dial's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[1]

  • Jobs Security & New Opportunities
Excerpt: "East Alabama has a unique opportunity to revive our industries and small towns. Doing so will take a collective effort, and the results will be job security for the employed and new opportunities for those who need work. We must ensure that government gets out of the way of the private sector."
  • Education
Excerpt: "Public education is near and dear to me. I’m a product of the system, and my wife spent over twenty years as a school counselor. Because education is the foundation for success in life, we must work to make it the best school system it can be."
  • Helping Small Business
Excerpt: "Nothing is more vital to our economy than small businesses. Those of us in positions of leadership must do our part to make them grow and prosper. Local business success translates to local jobs."
  • Roads & Bridges
Excerpt: "One of the keys to economic development and growth is an infrastructure to accommodate and enhance that progress. I will continue to secure funding to upgrade our road, bridge and sewer systems throughout the district."
  • Removing Sales Tax from Groceries
Excerpt: "When you tax a necessity like groceries, it puts a burden on those who are in need the most. I have worked for a long time to eliminate this tax and give relief to people struggling to make ends meet, and I’ll continue that fight."
  • Access to Healthcare
Excerpt: "Just because we live in rural Alabama doesn’t mean we should be deprived of good medical care. The biggest budget item we have in Montgomery is Medicaid. Unfortunately, the expenses of this program far outweigh the available revenue, but we continue to responsibly address the issue."
  • Water Wars
Excerpt: "I’ve been on the front lines to protect our water interests for years. We must continue flexing our muscle in the dispute with Tennessee and Georgia, because it’s our water. They don’t have a right to take it from us."


Dial's website highlighted the following campaign issues:

  • Jobs, Jobs, Jobs & The Economy
Excerpt: "We cannot continue to sit idly by while both large and small businesses suffer... First, we must stop the bleeding... Second, once the bleeding has stopped, we must work diligently to bring new businesses to our area but not at the expense of those already here."
  • Cut Government Waste & Lower Taxes
Excerpt: "I will oppose increasing taxes and government spending because more taxes means less jobs. I will also look for ways to cut government spending so that you can keep more of your money in your own pocket."
  • Support & Improve Education
Excerpt: "Our tax dollars should be spent directly on student instruction, not on state government bureaucracy or special “pork “ projects. Our state should increase the quality of the education provided to our students by providing incentives to teachers who perform."
  • Protecting Life & Our Conservative Values
Excerpt: "As a state legislator, I will work diligently to protect life, both of the unborn and the disabled in our state. I will also make sure the government stays out of our lives and doesn’t tell us how to raise our families or how to spend our money."
  • Advancing Rural Alabama
Excerpt: "As your state senator, I will work to protect family farms across our state by keeping taxes low on their land and their products. I will also be a tireless advocate to attract new jobs to our area that are ideally suited for rural Alabama."
  • Veterans & The Military
Excerpt: "I will also be an advocate for funding for various programs for our veterans and for the Alabama State Defense Force..."
  • Illegal Immigration
Excerpt: "I support Arizona’s new immigration law and will support similar measures here in Alabama."
  • Gambling
Excerpt: "I am personally opposed to gambling in Alabama, but I support a clean up or down vote of the people to decide this issue once and for all."



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. Darrell Turner was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Incumbent Gerald Dial defeated Tim Sprayberry in the Republican primary.[2][3][4][5] Dial then defeated Turner and Bill Fuller (I) in the general election on November 4, 2014.[6]

Alabama State Senate District 13, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngGerald Dial Incumbent 54.2% 16,758
     Democratic Darrell Turner 33.7% 10,424
     Independent Bill Fuller 12% 3,697
     NA Write-In 0.1% 43
Total Votes 30,922

Alabama State Senate, District 13 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngGerald Dial Incumbent 51.5% 7,281
Tim Sprayberry 48.5% 6,858
Total Votes 14,139


See also: Alabama State Senate elections, 2010

Dial defeated Greg Varner (D) in the November 2 general election.[7]

Alabama State Senate, District 13 General election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Gerald Dial (R) 18,800
Greg Varner (D) 18,443

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2010, Dial raised $404,209 in contributions.[8]

His four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Alabama Republican Party $69,936
Business Council Of Alabama $55,000
Alabama Forestry Association $25,000
Alabama Farmers Federation $13,205
State legislative candidates endorsed by Tea Party organizations


Presidential preference


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

Gerald Dial endorsed Newt Gingrich in the 2012 presidential election. [9]


In 2010, Dial's endorsements included the following:[10]

  • The Alabama Tea Party Express


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Dial and his wife, Faye, have two children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Kim Benefield
Alabama State Senate District 13
Succeeded by