|Mark McDonnell Tuggle|
Alabama State Representative
for District 81 (Chilton,
Coosa, and Tallapoosa counties)
|Assumed office |
November 3, 2010
|Preceded by||Betty Carol Graham|
|Residence|| Alexander City|
|Alma mater|| Alexander City State Junior College|
Mark McDonnell Tuggle (born 1966) is a forester from Alexander City, Alabama, who since 2010 has represented District 81 in the Alabama House of Representatives. A Republican, his district encompasses Chilton, Coosa, and Tallapoosa counties in the central and eastern portions of his state.
Tuggle obtained an Associate of Arts degree from Alexander City State Junior College. In 1988, he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Forest Management from Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama, and a Master of Science in 2007 from Faulkner University in the capital city of Montgomery. He is a former chairman of the Alexander City Housing Authority and a member of the Lions Club in Alexander City and Kiwanis International in Dadeville. He is a member of the First United Methodist Church of Alexander City. He and his wife, Michelle, have one child.
In 2010, Tuggle defeated intra-party rival Shane Grimes in the June 1 Republican primary, 3,636 votes (71 percent) to 1,487 (29 percent). In 2014, he ran unopposed in his primary and then defeated the Democrat Dylan V. Oliver in the November 4 general election, 9,119 (67.6 percent) to 4,352 (32.3 percent).
Tuggle is the chairman of the House State Government Committee and sits on two other panels as well, (1) Internal Affairs and (2) Ways and Means Education.
In 2013, Representative Tuggle voted to establish health care standards for abortion facilities in Alabama. In 2014, he co-sponsored the bill to prohibit abortion after the detection of the heartbeat of the unborn child. He voted to permit display of the Ten Commandments on public property, a measure which passed the House, 77-19. He supported drug testing for certain recipients of the public welfare system. In 2015, Tuggle supported legislation affirming the use of electrocution in executions. He voted to establish public charter schools in Alabama, a measure which passed the House, 58-41. He did not vote on the bill to permit the home schooled to participate in public school athletic events, a measure approved by the full House, 52-43. He supported the increase in the cigarette tax, which passed the House, 52-46. In 2016, Tuggle supported legislation to forbid the sale of fetal tissue or to permit its use in research, and he opposed dilation abortions in Alabama. He voted for an increase in funding for new prison facilities, a measure which passed the House, 52-33. In 2017, he supported allowing midwives to practice in his state, a measure which won House approval, 84-11. He supported reducing the time for appeals from inmates on death row. He voted to prohibit alteration or removal of historic monuments, which passed the House, 72-29. He voted to prohibit judicial override of sentencing guidelines, a measure which passed the House, 78-19.