Mimi Penhale is a native of Troy, AL. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Troy University in 2010. While at Troy, she served as the SGA’s Vice President of Legislative Affairs, House of Representative’s President, and the 2009 Troy University Homecoming Queen. In 2013, she received her Masters in Public Health Organization and Policy from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. While at UAB, she served as the Public Health Student Association’s President, as well as, serving on the Student Government President’s Council.
Mimi began working as Legislative Director in September of 2011 with the Shelby County Legislative Delegation. In this capacity, she works with county administrators, city officials, local schools, colleges, organizations, and citizens, to help connect individuals with legislators or state agencies. Mimi has served as a member and Vice-Chair of the Shelby Chamber’s Governmental Affairs Group from 2013-2021 and is a member of the Shelby County Women’s Business Council.
Mimi has worked in several different areas of the political arena. Her interest in politics started early, as she made calls with her mother at her first political phone bank at 7 years old. Following undergrad, Mimi worked as an Alabama Law Institute Intern in 2011 for Senator Ward and the Senate Judiciary Committee. She has also worked on several campaigns, running the gamut of jobs from being a volunteer to the Political Director for the statewide campaign for Jeremy Oden, Public Service Commission, Place 1.
Mimi is an active volunteer and leader in the community. In 2021, she begin serving as a Board member for Vineyard Family Services, a non-profit family resource center that feeds kids in need, promotes responsible fatherhood, and helps families in crisis. She also serves on the Apache Ridge Home Owner’s Association as the Secretary. Mimi is a member of the 2023 Leadership Shelby County class and is a city recreation league basketball coach for her daughter.
Mimi is married to Matt Penhale and they are residents of Alabaster, AL. They have 3 children: Isla, Cora, and Red. They are members of Kingwood Church.