|Alabama House of Representatives District 15|
|November 3, 2010-Present|
|November 5, 2014|
|Years in position||4|
|Elections and appointments|
|First elected||November 2, 2010|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Other||Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy, 2004|
|Place of birth||Bessemer, AL|
Born and raised in McCalla, in the Bessemer-cut-off of Alabama, Allen Farley would ultimately make his carer in law enforcement, first on Bessemer's Police Department, beginning in 1973, and later with the Jefferson County Sheriff.
Farley was involved in creating the first School Resource Officer Division for the Jefferson County School System. He also coordinated law enforcement activities in Jefferson County Schools from January of 1990 through May of 1997.
He served as the second in command with the Jefferson Sheriff for ten months before being fired in 1998. Farley alleges it was over his personal friendships and political allegiances. For three-and-a half years, he supported his family through odd jobs and private security work.
Farley retired as assistant sheriff for Jefferson County on March 1, 2010 after 36 years in police work. He began his campaign for the state House the following day.
He is also actively involved with the Salvation Army's Adult Rehabilitation Council in Birmingham, which houses over one hundred men as part of a six-month program to treat addiction and substance abuse. Among other activities, he leads a weekly mens' Bible study at the ARC.
His own wife's struggles with dependency on prescription drugs informs both his ARC work and his campaign's focus on reducing drug use in neighborhoods.
Farley and his wife of 35 years have three daughters, all of whom have families of their own. In total, the Farley's now have ten grandchildren.
Farley has spoken of wanting to serve Alabamans outside of the legislatve session and outside on Montgomery, saying" I want to be a full time representative, not a part-time politician."
Education and training
- FBI National Academy, 2004
- Jacksonville State University
- Jefferson State Junior College
- Bessemer High School
Farley served on these committees in the 2011-2012 legislative session:
- Subcommittee on Agency and Commission Issues
- Subcommittee on Professional Qualifications
- Subcommittee on Government Services
- Jefferson County Legislation Committee, Alabama House of Representatives
- Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee, Alabama House of Representatives
- Subcommittee on Public Safety
In keeping with his position as a values candidate, each item on the issues section of Farley's website is paired with a supporting Biblical quote.
Farley introduces his issue platform by saying, "Our campaign is centered around TRUST and living out one of my favorite Bible verses, Matthew 5:16. If the voters in House District 15 will TRUST me, I will live out my Christian values everywhere I go, every day. In doing this “All men will see my good works and glorify my Father in heaven”. It is time Christians step out and let our actions speak as loudly as our words. This country was founded on the actions, not just words, of Christian men and women."
Safety in neighborhoods and schools
Farley advocates for cutting drugs and violence in family neighborhoods and has pledged to introduce legislation that would expand education programs beyond law enforcement to include families.
Several of Farley's proposals center around greater transparency and state control over lobbyists. Among other items, he wants to see disclosure of lobbying expenditures required for any amount spent, not just items over $250, as Alabama law currently stipulates.
He also wants to see all PAC-to-PAC transfers banned and to limit the legal ability of lobbyists to make gifts to legislators.
Lastly, Farley supports giving subpoena power to the Alabama Ethics Commission.
In addition to citing needs to both create job and develop a more vital workforce in Alabama, Farley pledges to take a position against any new taxes and any pay raises for the legislature on his campaign site.
He cites a recent 62% pay raise the state legislature voted for itself as a prime example and plans to work on repealing that pay raise once elected.
On election night, with most precincts reporting, Farley said of his apparent victory, "I was cautiously optimistic that I would win," he said. "It is an awesome responsibility, and I'm extremely humbled."
|Alabama House of Representatives, District 15 Republican Primary (2010)|
|Allen Farley (R)||4,132|
|Pat Moore (R)||3,030|
Allen Farley has raised a total of $48,746 to date, of which 96.9% came from in-state donors. The $13,300 from public sector unions represents the largest single industry or sector to support him.
Some 71 individuals and two-dozen various institutions have donated to his campaign.
Mr. Farley's five largest donors are as follows:
|Alabama Education Association||$10,000||20.51%|
|Muriel S. Farley||$5,000||10.26%|
|Alabama Trucking Association||$4,000||8.21%|
This section displays the most recent stories in a google news search for the term "Alen + Farley + Alabama + House"
- House site
- Project Vote Smart Biography
- Project Vote Smart legislative profile
- Campaign contributions: 2010
- Allen Farley on FaceBook
- Birmingham News Blog, "CAMPAIGN 2010: Alabama House Republican candidates, in their own words", May 27, 2010
- Trust Allen Farley, accessed October 15, 2010
- Alabama GOP primary results
- Statewide general election results
- Birmingham News, "Incumbent Pat Moore loses House District 15 race to Allen Farley", June 1, 2010
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