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Jim Patterson (Alabama)

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Jim Patterson
Jim Patterson.jpg
Alabama House of Representatives District 21
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'sJacksonville State University, 1972
Date of birthApril 2, 1950
Place of birthHuntsville, AL
ProfessionBusiness Owner
Office website
Jim Patterson (b. April 2, 1950) is a Republican member of the Alabama House of Representatives, representing District 21. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010.

Patterson's political experience includes his service on the School Board of Madison County from 1988 to 2000.


Patterson earned his B.S. in Business from Jacksonville State University in 1972. His professional experience includes working as a broker for Thompson MC Kerrior from 1976 to 1980, for Bristol Myers from 1980 to 2008 and as the owner of Patterson Properties since 1999. Patterson served in the United States Army as a Captain from 1972 to 1976.

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

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

Alabama Committee Assignments, 2015
Education Policy
Madison County Legislation


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


Campaign themes


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

  • Economic Development
Excerpt: "Every candidate claims to be for Economic Development, but Jim Patterson has a true understanding of the subject. Economic Development is not just creating jobs, but creating a long-term sustainable source of income for the citizens of House District 21 and North Alabama alike."
  • Education
Excerpt: "Jim Patterson has a plan that partners local industries with the two-year college system to create Certificate and Associates degree programs that are tailored to their workforce needs."
  • Ethics
Excerpt: "Its time to change the landscape of Montgomery and return the power to the People of Alabama. It all starts by passing meaningful Ethics Reform Laws."
  • Roads
Excerpt: "It is time for a State Representative that is going to join a team to bring funding for roads to North Alabama."
  • Illegal Immigration
Excerpt: "Jim Patterson believes that in order to have a truly sovereign nation, we must be able to secure our borders and put an end to illegal immigrants’ infiltration of our jobs, our hospitals and the social services that were intended for our country’s citizens who are in need."
  • Taxes
Excerpt: "In addition to good schools, a trainable workforce and safe roads and infrastructure, the final piece of the puzzle to attract new corporations and their jobs is low taxes."
  • Socialized Health Care (Obamacare)
Excerpt: "Obamacare, or recent Healthcare Reform Bill that forces the people to subscribe to or participate in a social healthcare system, is the biggest breach of personal rights and responsibilities that has ever been enacted on the citizens of the United State in our history."
  • Gambling in Alabama
Excerpt: "Though Jim Patterson does not personally believe that gambling is something we need in Alabama, he will allow a clean bill, free from special interest protections, loop holes for corruption and creation of gambling monopolies, to come to a vote by the people of the State of Alabama."
  • 2nd Amendment - Gun Rights
Excerpt: "He will always insure the citizens of Alabama never have there 2nd Amendment right to bear arms taken from them."
  • Pro-Life
Excerpt: "Jim Patterson appreciates the sanctity of life and believes that life begins at conception."
  • Marriage
Excerpt: "Jim will not support legislation to allow same-sex marriages in the State of Alabama."



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. C. Terry Jones defeated Patrick A. Jones in the Democratic primary. Incumbent Jim Patterson was unopposed in the Republican primary. Patterson then defeated Jones in the general election.[2][3][4][5][6]

Alabama House of Representatives District 21, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJim Patterson Incumbent 67.3% 9,428
     Democratic C. Terry Jones 32.6% 4,558
     NA Write-In 0.1% 13
Total Votes 13,999

Alabama House of Representatives, District 21 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngC. Terry Jones 60.4% 682
Patrick A. Jones 39.6% 447
Total Votes 1,129


See also: Alabama House of Representatives elections, 2010

Patterson defeated incumbent Democrat Randy Hinshaw in the November 2 general election.[7]

Alabama House of Representatives, District 21 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Jim Patterson (R) 6,654
Randy Hinshaw (D) 6,201

Campaign donors


In 2010, Patterson raised $135,091 in contributions.[8]

His four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Alabama Republican Party $46,419
Patterson, James M $20,556
NETPAC $20,000
Alabama Farmers Federation $5,000
State legislative candidates endorsed by Tea Party organizations


In 2010, Patterson's endorsements included the following:[9]

  • The Alabama Tea Party Express


Patterson and his wife, Susan, have three children.


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Preceded by
Randy Hinshaw
Alabama House District 21
Succeeded by