Paul Bussman

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Paul Bussman
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Alabama State Senate District 4
In office
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'sTroy State University
Date of birth1956
Place of birthNew Orleans, LA
Office website
Personal website
Paul Bussman is a Republican member of the Alabama State Senate, representing District 4. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010.


Bussman received his B.S. from Troy State University. He then attended the University of Alabama's, School of Dentistry and earned his Ph.D. He has worked as a dentist in Cullman since.

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

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

Alabama Committee Assignments, 2015
Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry
Banking and Insurance
Education and Youth Affairs
Finance and Taxation Education
Governmental Affairs
Health and Human Services
Rules, Vice chair


Bussman served on the following committees in the 2011-2012 legislative session:


Campaign themes


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

  • Ethics Reform
Excerpt: "In 2010, Paul ran on ethics reform and making transparency in government a priority. In his first legislative session, he co-sponsored and helped pass sweeping ethics reform and continues to make that a priority for state government:
  • Passed legislation, which gave the Ethics Commission the power to investigate violations and gather evidence. (SB1, 2010x)
  • Passed legislation, which prohibited public employees from using payroll deductions to pay dues to the AEA and ASEA. (SB2, 2010x)
  • Passed legislation, which prohibited legislators from holding other state jobs while serving in the General Assembly. (SB3, 2010x)
  • Passed legislation, which placed limits on what lobbyists may give to legislators. (SB14, 2010x)
  • Passed Legislation to prohibit nepotism within state agencies and the granting of service contracts with relatives. (SB146, 2013)"
  • Jobs and Economy
Excerpt: "Paul believes we need more good paying jobs. When people have jobs, they are able to provide for their families and are more closely connected to the community. Paul has fought for improvements in infrastructure, tourism, and economic development."
  • Passed legislation to allow rural Alabama counties to participate in the Rural Assistance Match Program which provided millions of dollars of infrastructure improvements to the district. (SB192, 2013)
  • Passed legislation to further define a compensable week for unemployment benefits. (SB300, 2012)
  • Passed the Pharmacy Audit Integrity Act, which established uniform standards and criteria for audit of pharmacy records. (SB383, 2012)
  • Passed legislation to extend the corporate limits of the City of Cullman. (SB462, 2012)
  • Passed legislation to create the Office of Secretary of Information Technology within State Government as the principal advisor to the Governor on information technology policy. (SB117, 2013)
  • Passed legislation to specify the circumstances under which the unemployment compensation account for employers may be charged for overpayment of benefits. (SB201, 2013)
  • Taxes
Excerpt: "Paul believes you pay enough. He opposes new taxes and looks for ways to improve government efficiency to save tax dollars. Government is too big and too costly. New taxes are not the answer and Paul Bussman will oppose them whenever they come up."
  • Passed the Jason Barfield Act, which provides an income tax exemption for members of the Armed Forces who were killed in action, and their spouses. (SB393, 2012)
  • Education
Excerpt: "Paul believes that Alabama’s education system has been in the lower half of the country for many years. That’s unacceptable. We need to educate our children at a higher level so they can compete in a global marketplace. Paul opposes all federal intervention into our education system, including Common Core and other federal mandates."
  • Passed legislation to provide supplemental funding for teachers certified by National Board of Professional Teaching Standards. (SB143, 2012)
  • Public Safety
Excerpt: "Paul believes the efficiency of public safety should be a core priority for the citizens of Alabama. We should not be handicapped by slow moving bureaucracy when it comes to the safety issue of the people."
  • Passed legislation to make it easier for citizens to acquire storm shelters. (SB136, 2012)
  • Passed legislation to create the Blue Alert System to alert the public to a suspect that is wanted for injuring a law enforcement officer. (SB180, 2012)
  • Passed legislation to create the Alabama Interagency Council for the Prevention of Elder Abuse. (SB262, 2012)
  • Passed legislation to create the Alabama State Law Enforcement Agency to coordinate law enforcement and investigative services. (SB108, 2013)
  • Immigration
Excerpt: "Paul believes the federal immigration laws force Alabama to protect its citizens. That’s why Paul supported the toughest immigration reform in the nation. We are a nation of legal immigrants. We should welcome those that follow the law and the legal process to work."


Bussman's website highlighted the following campaign themes:

  • Creating quality jobs
"Overhaul the tax code to stimulate businesses to expand and hire our people
Invest in worker retraining
Provide small business opportunity for development"
  • Improving education
"Protect parents’ rights to choose how to educate their child
Assure that our children have a safe environment to learn
Stop the destructive results of proration by developing a better budgeting system"
  • Improving the security of the family
"Protect the family’s right to bear arms
Protect the family’s heart by preserving the union of marriage between a man and a woman
Protect the unborn child from abortion"
  • Preventing government interference
"Block politicians from using your money for political projects and payoffs
Eliminate the slush funds that buy votes
Return to a four-year property tax re-appraisal"
  • Illegal immigration
"AL cannot be a safe haven for illegal immigrants
Companies should not be allowed to bid on State jobs without proof of the legal status of their employees
Utilize the E-Verify system to identify a legal workforce in AL"
  • Ethics
"Stop the PAC-to-PAC shell game
Open all records for public scrutiny
Make lobbyists and legislators disclose all contributions and perks"



See also: Alabama State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Alabama State Senate 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. Angelo Mancuso was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Incumbent Paul Bussman defeated Bruce Whitlock in the Republican primary. Bussman defeated Mancuso in the general election.[2][3][4][5]

Alabama State Senate District 4, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPaul Bussman Incumbent 73.5% 24,750
     Democratic Angelo Mancuso 26.4% 8,875
     NA Write-In 0.1% 29
Total Votes 33,654

Alabama State Senate, District 4 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngPaul Bussman Incumbent 61.4% 12,069
Bruce Whitlock 38.6% 7,597
Total Votes 19,666


See also: Alabama State Senate elections, 2010

Bussman defeated opponents Tom Beason and Patricia McGriff in the June 1 primary, receiving 7,061 votes to McGriff's 5,079 and Beason's 4,565. He then defeated Patricia McGriff in the July 13 primary runoff election, receiving 7,489 votes to McGriff's 6,334. He then defeated incumbent Democrat Zebulon Little in the November 2 general election.[6][7]

Alabama State Senate, District 4 General election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Paul Bussman (R) 25,621
Zebulon Little (D) 18,733
Alabama State Senate, District 4 Republican Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Paul Bussman (R) 7,061
Green check mark transparent.png Patricia McGriff (R) 5,079
Tom Beason (R) 4,565
Alabama State Senate, District 4 Republican Primary Runoff (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Paul Bussman (R) 7,489
Patricia McGriff (R) 6,334

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2010, Bussman raised $431,599 in contributions.[8]

His four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Business Council Of Alabama $92,500
Alabama Republican Party $86,064
Alabama Dental Association $30,000
Marsh For Senate $28,500
State legislative candidates endorsed by Tea Party organizations


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

  • The Alabama Tea Party Express


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He and his wife, Holly, have four children. The currently live in Cullman, Alabama.

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Preceded by
Zebulon Little
Alabama State Senate District 4
Succeeded by