|Christopher P. "Chris" Pringle|
Alabama State Representative
for District 101 (Mobile County)
|Assumed office |
Alabama State Representative
|Born|| February 25, 1961|
|Alma mater||University of Alabama|
|Occupation||Businessman; political consultant|
Christopher P. Pringle, known as Chris Pringle (born February 25, 1961), is a businessman and political consultant from Mobile, Alabama, who has since 2014 represented District 101 in the Alabama House of Representatives. A Republican, his district is entirely within populous Mobile County on the Gulf Coast. He also served in the state House for two terms from 1994 to 2002.
Though he was born in Birmingham, Pringle is otherwise a lifelong resident of Mobile. In 1984, he received a Bachelor of Arts in communications from the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa. He has worked as a congressional staff assistant, field representative, political consultant, and finance director. He is engaged in real estate sales through the company Southern Timberlands in Mobile. He has also been an assistant athletic director for development for the University of South Alabama in Mobile. He has a son, Reeves Pringle. He is a Roman Catholic.
In 2002, rather than seeking a third term in the state House, Pringle ran unsuccessfully for the District 1 seat from Alabama in the United States House of Representatives, having been defeated by Jo Bonner (male), who went on to succeed Sonny Callahan as U.S. representative. In 2006, as a former representative, Pringle ran unsuccessfully for the District 34 seat in the Alabama State Senate. In 2014, when the incumbent Republican Representative declined to seek reelection, Pringle rebounded with a 63.8 percent victory over intra-party rival Don Hembree in the Republican primary for House District 101. He was then unopposed in the November 4 general election.
Pringle sits on these House committees: (1) Constitution, Campaigns, and Elections, (2) Internal Affairs, (3) Mobile County Legislation, and (4) State Government.
In 2015, Representative Pringle voted for the use of electrocution in executions. He voted against the requirement that animal shelters prepare monthly reports. He backed legislation calling for the establishment of public charter schools in Alabama, a measure which passed the House, 58-41. He supported the bill to permit the home schooled to participate in public school athletic events, a measure approved by the full House, 52-43. He voted to increase the cigarette tax, which passed the House, 52-46. In 2016, Pringle supported legislation to forbid the sale of fetal tissue or to permit its use in research, and he opposed dilation abortions in Alabama. He backed additional funding for new prison facilities, a measure which passed the House, 52-33. In 2017, Pringle voted against the authorization of midwives to practice in his state, a measure which nevertheless won House approval, 84-11. He voted to reduce the time for appeals from inmates on death row. He voted to prohibit alteration or removal of historic monuments, which passed 72-29. He voted to prohibit judicial override of sentencing guidelines, which passed the House, 78-19.