Dickie Drake

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Dickie Drake
Alabama House of Representatives District 45
In office
Term ends
November 5, 2014
Years in position 4
Base salary$10/day
Per diem$4,308/month
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 29, 2011
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Military service
Service/branchAir National Guard/U.S. Air Force
Years of service42 years
ProfessionMilitary/Small Business Owner
Office website
Campaign website
Dickie Drake is a Republican member of the Alabama House of Representatives, representing the 45th District. He was first elected in the November 29, 2011 special election. The special election was called to fill the vacancy created when Owen Drake (R) passed away on June 27, 2011 after a battle with cancer.[1]

Drake is the brother of the late Owen Drake. He served in the Air Force and Air National Guard for 42 years, flying 102 combat missions. Following his retirement, he and his son founded Drake Lawn Maintenance LLC. Drake has served as President of the Leeds Historical Society and President of Leeds Youth Basketball.


Campaign themes

On his 2011 campaign website, Drake discusses his policy positions:

  • Creating Jobs & Economic Security: "I will oppose raising taxes on business or individuals and will work to foster an environment that attracts new industry to Alabama because nothing boosts the economy like new jobs. I will also work to help existing businesses stay afloat during these tough times through tax incentives."
  • Stopping New Taxes: "It is my commitment to you that I will never support new taxes. Instead, I will insist that government live within its means, just like you and me."
  • Stopping Federal Government Intrusion: "I support efforts to invoke the Tenth Amendment of the US Constitution, which provides that any powers not specifically granted to the federal government are reserved to the states. Decisions that affect the personal lives of people should be made at the local level, not by bureaucrats in Washington."
  • Bolstering Public Education: "In order to prepare the next generation for competition in the global market, it must be superiorly-educated in relevant subject matter, utilizing the newest technology available."
  • Reviving Integrity in Government: "I support efforts to improve our transportation system by visionary thinking and addressing the areas of critical need first. I don’t think road projects should be a pork-barrel process planned in smoke-filled rooms by politicians."

Chamber of Commerce luncheon

On October 20, Drake and opponent Paige Parnell (D) spoke at a Leeds Area Chamber of Commerce luncheon. Video of their remarks can be found below:

Dickie Drake speaks at the Leeds Chamber of Commerce luncheon.

Paige Parnell speaks at the Leeds Chamber of Commerce luncheon.

Presidential preference


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

Dickie Drake endorsed Newt Gingrich in the 2012 presidential election. [2]


Dickie Drake television spot, "Service."


See also: State legislative special elections, 2011

Drake defeated Paige Parnell (D) in the November 29 special election. He also defeated Michael Sumners and Tommy Joe Alexander in the Republican primary and Republican primary run-off, respectively.[3][4][5]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Owen Drake
Alabama House District 45
Succeeded by