|Christopher Lyn "Chris" Sells|
Alabama State Representative
for District 90 (Butler, Coffee, Conecuh, Crenshaw, and Montgomery counties)
|Assumed office |
November 5, 2014
|Preceded by||Charles Newton|
|Spouse(s)||Joyce Phelps Sells|
|Alma mater||Vigor High School|
Christopher Lyn Sells, known as Chris Sells (born 1963), is a businessman from Greenville, Alabama, who has since 2014 represented District 90 in the Alabama House of Representatives. A Republican, his district encompasses Butler, Coffee, Conecuh, Crenshaw, and Montgomery counties in the southern portion of his state.
Born in Mobile, Sells graduated from Vigor High School in Prichard in Mobile County. He is a former firefighter and the founder of Sells Medical Equipment Company in Greenville. He is a member of the Butler County Fair Board, Kiwanis International, and the Greenville Chamber of Commerce. He is a member of the Spring Hill Baptist Church in Greenville. He and his wife, Joyce, have a daughter, Hannah.
In the Republican primary for House District 90 on June 3, 2014, Sells unseated the incumbent Charles Newton. In the November 4 general election, Sells defeated the Democrat nominee Walton Ward Hickman, 7,722 (56.6 percent) to 5,894 (43.2 percent). Walton, who also resides in Greenville, advocated the establishment of a state lottery to fund public education, including scholarships for two-year and four-year colleges, along lines of similar programs in Georgia and Florida. A lottery, however, requires voter approval in Alabama through a state constitutional amendment. Sells said that he would donate $10,000 of his legislative salary for educational needs.
Sells sits on these House committees: (1) Commerce and Small Business, (2) Montgomery County Legislation, and (3) Ways and Means General Fund.
In 2015, Representative Sells 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, Sells 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, Sells voted to permit midwives to practice in his state, a measure which 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.
- Chris Sells' Biography. Retrieved on October 21, 2017.
- Chris Sells. Ballotpedia.org. Retrieved on October 22, 2017.
- Andy Brown (September 16, 2014). Hickman: Time for education lottery. The Greenville Advocate. Retrieved on October 22, 2017.
- Chris Sells' Voting Records. Project Vote Smart. Retrieved on October 22, 2017.