Slade Blackwell

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Slade Blackwell
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Alabama State Senate District 15
In office
November 3, 2010-Present
Term ends
November 5, 2014
Years in position 5
Base salary$10/day
Per diem$4,308/month
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Montevallo
Date of birthJune 14, 1963
Place of birthMissouri
ProfessionBusiness Owner
Office website
Personal website
Campaign website
Slade Blackwell is a Republican member of the Alabama State Senate, representing the 15th district since 2010.

Blackwell earned his BS in Commercial Design and Business from the University of Montevallo. After college, Blackwell worked for Colonial Properties as Acquisitions and Development Manager for Colonial Properties Trust. He then started his own real estate development business, Inkana Development, in 1996 and has worked in that position since.

Committee assignments


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


Presidential preference


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

Slade Blackwell endorsed Newt Gingrich in the 2012 presidential election. [1]



See also: Alabama State Senate elections, 2010

Blackwell defeated incumbent Steve French in the June 1 primary. He then ran unopposed in the November 2 general election.[2][3]

Across the country in 2010, state senate elections were held in 43 states. 1,167 state senate seats were at stake. In all 1,167 state senate districts with an election in 2010, only 19 challengers (12 Democrats and 7 Republicans) defeated an incumbent state senator. Blackwell is one of the 7 Republican challengers who defeated an incumbent Republican state senator.

Alabama State Senate, District 15 Republican Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Slade Blackwell (R) 14,165
Steve French (R) 9,606

Campaign themes

Blackwell's campaign website lists the following issues:

  • Economic Development
Excerpt: "Economic development equals jobs; jobs equal family-sustaining wages and tax revenue that leads to more prosperity for our area and state."
  • Smoking Ban
Excerpt: "I think it is time people start showing some personal responsibility in taking care of themselves. Let the customer and the owner make the decision about smoking in the restaurant-government has enough to deal with today."
  • Electronic Bingo
Excerpt: "I am personally against electronic bingo plus all other forms of gambling and the corruption it breeds."
  • County Commission Relations
Excerpt: "I believe a stronger relationship between the County Commissioners and our State Legislators would be a step in the right direction toward finding resolutions to issues affecting our District and State. "
  • Solving the Jefferson County Sewer Crisis
Excerpt: "I have worked hard to help find a solution to the Jefferson County sewer crisis... This is one of the main reasons I’m running for the District 15 Senate seat."
  • Education
Excerpt: "Education is at the forefront of my agenda and support for our schools is a top priority. Furthermore, it affects every single aspect of our ability to live well now and into the future. "
  • Campaign Finances
Excerpt: "Alabama definitely should ban PAC to PAC transfers. Such transfers promote hiding funds and make it difficult to discover who is actually contributing to candidates and their causes. "
  • Taxes
Excerpt: "Raising taxes is counterproductive to a stable economy, and I stand firmly against it."
  • Sales Tax on Food
Excerpt: "I support a reduction in government spending and removal of the sales tax on food."
  • Constitutional Reform
Excerpt: "In a state facing corruption at almost all level of government, a convention to re-write Alabama's Constitution at this time would be extremely difficult... There are major changes that need to be made, and I support amending or repealing specific sections of the Constitution."
  • Ethics and Values
Excerpt: "We need men and women with the courage to act on their own convictions; we need independent thinkers who place their principles and values above party politics..."
  • Abortion
Excerpt: "I am a Conservative Christian and oppose abortion. Simply put, I believe in the sanctity of life and that it should be protected."[4]
State legislative candidates endorsed by Tea Party organizations


Blackwell was endorsed by:

  • The Alabama Tea Party Express [5]

Campaign donors


In 2010, Blackwell raised $944,265 in contributions. [6]

His four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Blackwell, Slade $190,000
Associated Builders & Contractors Of Alabama $108,700
Blackwell, John G $75,500
JDC PAC $37,500

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Blackwell and his wife Sally have three children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Steve French
Alabama State Senate District 15
Succeeded by