Our website is here to better connect the citizens of Shelby county with their legislators. On our "Home" page, you will find videos and email links to of each delegate, as well as, updates on what your legislators are doing around the state and county.
The "Contact Us" page has an email form that comes directly to my email mailbox, but there is also an email address, physical address, contact number, and fax number listed.
Please feel free to contact me or any members of the delegation with your questions. We hope you find this website helpful and look forward to working with you on making Alabama a better place to live.
Mimi W. Penhale
We would like to welcome Representative Corley Ellis
to the Alabama Legislature and
the Shelby County Legislative Delegation
Senator Cam Ward
Senator Cam Ward graduated from Troy State University in 1993 with a Bachelor of Science in International Relations and Political Science. He received a Juris Doctorate of Law from Cumberland School of Law, at Samford University in Birmingham.
Cam served as Deputy Attorney General in the Alabama State Auditor’s Office from April 1996 until December 1997. In 1998, he joined the Alabama Secretary of State’s Office as Confidential Assistant to the Secretary of State.
From November 1998 to June 2001, Cam worked as District Director for Congressman Spencer Bachus of Birmingham.
In June 2001, Cam entered into private law practice with a specialization in economic development. In that capacity, he has served as the Executive Director of the Industrial Development Board of Alabaster. He actively recruits new business for Alabaster and works closely with current business owners to help develop a positive atmosphere for economic growth.
Cam has been a member of the Alabama Republican Party State Executive Committee since 1999. He was elected as an alternate delegate for George W. Bush to the 2000 and 2004 Republican National Conventions. In 2008, Cam served as State Legislative Chairman for the John McCain for President Campaign in Alabama. From 2002 to 2010, Cam served in the Alabama House of Representatives for District 49. He was Vice-Chairman of the House Republican Caucus and a member of the Rules, Judiciary and Education Policy Committees.
In 2010, Cam was elected to the Alabama State Senate. He serves a Co-Chairman of the Judiciary and Energy & Natural Resources Committees. He is also a member of the Health,
Ways & Means General Fund, Confirmations and Business & Labor Committees. In addition, Cam serves as a member of the Legislative Council, Energy Council, Commission on Uniform State Laws and the Joint Reapportionment Committee.
Cam has also been active in numerous civic organizations. In 2011, he was elected as President of the Alabama Law Institute. Currently, Cam serves on the Board of Directors for Easter Seals of Greater Birmingham, YMCA of Alabaster, Leadership Shelby County, the American Village, the Shelby County Arts Council and the Alabama Autism Council.
In 2007, Cam was named Troy University Alumnus of the Year. He received the honor of being named Young Alumnus of the Year from Cumberland School of Law in 2011.
In 2008, Easter Seals of the United States named Cam it’s State Elected Official of the Year for his work in Autism advocacy and services as Chairman of the Alabama Autism Task Force.
Cam resides in Alabaster and has one daughter, Riley.
Shelby County Represenatives during Health Committee Meeting
Senator Ward Discusses Prison Reform
Rep, Weaver Named 2015 Rural Electric Assoc. Representative of the Year
Rep. Allen Farley and Rep. Dickie Drake at State House
Senator McClendon works on Redistricting in Al
2016 Special Session Ends
By Mimi Penhale, Legislative Director
This Fall has been busy for the Legislative Delegation. The 2016 Special Session ended on September 7th, which means that the legislators are back in the district working with constituents.
Special Session was dominated by two major bills; a Lottery Proposal for Alabama and bills that addresses the BP Oil Spill Settlement money. After weeks of much debate, both lottery proposals missed the deadline to make the November Election Ballot. Following that deadline, there was some discussion of having a Special Election just to address a possible statewide Lottery vote, but the measures failed. There is a chance that the Lottery Proposals will be brought up again during the 2017 Regular Session, but, as of now, they are dead.
The Legislature did manage to pass a bill that would appropriate the BP Settlement money, during the Special Session. This was another hotly debated topic, that took weeks of committee meetings and arguments from multiple sides, before a compromise was reached that gained enough support to pass the House and Senate. In the end, money from the settlement was allocated to pay debts, a portion was given to Medicaid to cover the 2017 shortfall, and to provide funding for road projects in our gulf counties, Mobile and Baldwin.
The Legislature passed out 14 Amendments during Regular and Special Session that we will see on the November ballot. These Amendments cover a variety of issues including, local legislation, the makeup of the Auburn Board of Trustees, state parks’ revenue, removing words and phrases in the Alabama Constitution that are no longer commonly used, and a measure that would change the current impeachment process for State Officials in Alabama. Make sure you take the time to learn what each Amendment does before you go vote in the General Election on November 8th.
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