- Alabama Senate
The Alabama Senate is the
upper houseof the Alabama Legislature, the state legislature of the U.S. stateof Alabama. The body is composed of 35 members representing an equal amount of districts across the state, with each district containing at least 127,140 citizens. Similar to the lower House, the Senate serves both without term limitsand with a four-year term.
The Alabama Senate meet at the State House in Montgomery.
Leadership of the Senate
Lieutenant Governor of Alabamaserves as the President of the Senate, but only casts a vote if required to break a tie. In his or her absence, the President Pro Temporepresides over the Senate. The President Pro Temporeis elected by the full Senate by nominations taken from the floor, followed by a recorded vote. The President Pro Temporeis the chief leadership position in the Senate. The other Senate Majority and Minority leaders are elected by their respective party caucuses.
The President of the Senate is Alabama Lieutenant Governor
Jim Folsom, Jr.. The President Pro Temporeis Democrat Hinton Mitchemof the 9th District (Blount, Madison, Marshall). The Majority Leaderis Democrat Zeb Littleof the 4th District (Cullman, Lawrence, Winston). The Minority Leaderis Republican J. T. Waggonerof the 16th District (Jefferson, Shelby).
Makeup of the Senate
For all practical purposes, the Democrats only hold a 19 to 16 majority, as 3 Democrats currently caucus with the Republicans.
* [http://www.legislature.state.al.us/senate/senate.html Alabama State Senate] official government website
** [http://www.legislature.state.al.us./senate/senatemaps2001/senate_districts_2001.pdf Senate District Map]
* [http://www.vote-smart.org/official_state_legislator.php?type=office&state_id=AL&criteria=upper Project Vote Smart - State Senate of Alabama]
Government of Alabama
Alabama State Capitol
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