Penny H. Bailey

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Penny H. Bailey
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Candidate for
U.S. House, Alabama, District 6
Bachelor'sSamford University
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Air Force
Place of birthGrand Canyon, AZ
ReligionSouthern Baptist
Campaign website
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Penny H. Bailey was a 2012 Democratic candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 6th Congressional District of Alabama. She was defeated by Spencer Bachus in the general election on November 6, 2012.[1]


Bailey earned her B.A. in history/political science from Samford University. She went on to receive Master's degrees in international studies and aeronautical management. Bailey has also served in the United States Air Force as a Colonel. She has worked in public relations/communications for the New Mexico School District.


Campaign themes


Bailey's campaign website listed the following issues:[2]

  • Jobs and Economy
Excerpt: "In Washington D.C., the people who are talking about creating jobs already have jobs…good paying jobs. So who’s speaking up for those who don’t have jobs? Small businesses that rely on people with jobs to buy their goods and services? Farmers who can’t get their produce to market? I pledge to be a voice for them! "
  • Education
Excerpt: "I have never met a teacher who chose education as a career that was in it for the money! Instead, every educator I have met considered it a desire or a calling. Talking with them, they believe America's future is our children. And, they believe in our country and our children so much they are willing to dedicate their lives for the advancement of both."
  • Immigration
Excerpt: "Immigration affects every person in America, and there are no quick and easy answers. But, one thing is certain; this issue can no longer be ignored. It is time for our leaders to build a comprehensive program that will work, and lead to a stronger America. "
  • My position on Guns
Excerpt: "I agree with the US Constitution and the Second Amendment. In the military, we had to learn to use our weapons to save our own life and the lives of others. Personally, I like guns and one of our favorite family past-times is to go target shooting. We are responsible gun owners and have taught our children to be responsible, as well. However, there are too many people with too many guns that don’t know how or when to use them. That’s just part of the problem. "



See also: Alabama's 6th Congressional District elections, 2012

Bailey ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Alabama's 6th District. She defeated William Barnes in the Democratic primary on March 13 and was defeated by incumbent Spencer Bachus in the November 6 general election.[3]

U.S. House, Alabama District 6 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Penny H. Bailey 28.6% 88,267
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSpencer Bachus Incumbent 71.2% 219,262
     N/A Write-In 0.2% 573
Total Votes 308,102
Source: Alabama Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
U.S. House, Alabama District 6 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngPenny H. Bailey 59.8% 4,529
William Barnes 40.2% 3,046
Total Votes 7,575

Campaign donors


Breakdown of the source of Bailey's campaign funds before the 2012 election.


Bailey and her husband, J.D., have three children.

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