Tammy Irons

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Tammy Irons
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Alabama State Senate District 1
Former member
In office
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Alabama House of Representatives District 1
March 2006-November 2, 2010
Bachelor'sUniversity of Alabama, 1986
J.D.University of Memphis, 1989
Date of birthOctober 21, 1963
Place of birthFlorence, AL
Personal website
Tammy Irons (b. October 21, 1963) is a former Democratic member of the Alabama State Senate, representing District 1 from 2010 to 2014. Irons did not seek re-election in 2014.

Irons served in the Alabama House of Representatives, representing District 1 from March 2006 to 2010.


Irons currently works as an attorney and owns Irons Law Firm. She previously worked as an associate attorney with Glankler Brown Professional, LLC, and as a judicial law clerk in the Tennessee Court of Appeals.

Committee assignments


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


Irons' answers to the Alabama State Legislative Election 2006 National Political Awareness Test are available. The test informs voters how a candidate would vote on the issues if elected. She did not provide an answer when asked her top legislative priorities.[1]

Campaign themes


Irons' website highlighted the following campaign themes:[2]

  • Work to create more jobs for the Shoals.
  • Provide for infrastructure for the Shoals, such as Highway 43 in Lauderdale County and Wilson Dam Road in Colbert County.
  • Support ethics reform – including providing more accountability, openness, and transparency.
  • Work on stopping physical and financial abuse of our senior citizens and support stiffer penalties for abusing our elderly.
  • Fully fund education and work to make college more affordable for working families.
  • Fight to return more funds for projects in the Shoals.

Redistricting Controversy

Irons claimed that, during the post-2010 Census redistricting process in Alabama, she was offered a "great district" if she would switch parties and run as a Republican. Irons would not say which Republican offered her this deal. Senator Gerald Dial, who chaired the redistricting committee, said she should not have been offered such a deal, and that he had no knowledge of it. Irons' district changed significantly as a result of redistricting.[3]



See also: Alabama House of Representatives elections, 2010

Irons was eligible for re-election to the house in 2010 but instead ran for District 1 of the Alabama State Senate. She defeated Ryan Clayton in the June 1 primary election and defeated Republican Jerry Freeman in the general election.[4][5]

Alabama State Senate, District 1 General election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Tammy Irons (D) 23,178
Jerry Freeman (R) 18,266
Alabama State Senate, District 1 Democratic Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Tammy Irons (D) 14,200
Ryan Clayton (D) 2,288


On November 7, 2006, Irons won re-election to the 1st District Seat in the Alabama House of Representatives, defeating opponent William Smith (R).[6]

Irons raised $218,419 for her campaign, while Smith raised $64,389.[7]

Alabama State House, District 1 (2006)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Tammy Irons (D) 8,410
William Smith (R) 4,511

Campaign donors


In 2010, Irons raised $283,031 in contributions.[8]

Her five largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Alabama Education Association $40,000
Alabama Farmers Federation $17,264
Alabama Power Co $12,500
Alabama Trial Lawyers Association $10,000
Fight Back For Justice Fund $10,000


In 2006, Irons collected $218,419 in donations.

Below are Irons's top five campaign contributors in the 2006 election:[9]

Contributor 2006 total
Alabama Farmers Federation $18,789
Seth Hammett Campaign $12,500
Alabama Democratic Party $10,500
Alabama Education Assoc $10,000
CAN PAC $4,000


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Irons has a husband, Curley.

Irons sits on the Board of Directors of the Boys and Girls Club of North Alabama, Shoals Entrepreneurial Center, and SafePlace Foundation, Incorporated. She is the president of the Lauderdale County Bar Association.[10]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Bobby E. Denton
Alabama State Senate District 1
Succeeded by
Tim Melson (R)
Preceded by
Alabama House District 1
Succeeded by
Greg Burdine