Danny Crawford

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Danny F. Crawford

Alabama State Representative
for District 5 (Limestone County)
Incumbent
Assumed office 
February 17, 2016
Preceded by Dan Williams

Member of the Athens City Council
In office
1993–2005

Born June 6, 1950
Belle Mina
Limestone County
Alabama
Citizenship American
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Mary Kay Crawford
Children Matthew Crawford
Residence Athens, Limestone County
Alma mater Tanner High School

Auburn University

Occupation Independent crop insurance contractor
Religion Baptist

Danny F. Crawford (born June 6, 1950), is an independent crop insurance contractor from Athens, Alabama, who has since 2016 represented District 5 in the Alabama House of Representatives. A Republican, his district is entirely within his native Limestone County in the northernmost portion of his state.

Crawford graduated from Tanner High School in Tanner in Limestone County[1] and obtained bachelor's and master's degrees from Auburn University in Auburn in eastern Alabama. He is the former state director of the Farm Service Agency and served on the Athens City Council from 1993 to 2005. A Baptist, he is also a member of Rotary International, the Civitan Club, Kiwanis International, and the National Rifle Association. He and his wife, Mary Kay, have a son, Matthew Crawford.[2]

When Representative Dan Williams, a two-term Republican and former mayor of Athens, died in office in July 2015, Crawford won the special election held on February 16, 2016, by defeating the Democrat Henry White.[3] Earlier, Crawford defeated for the Republican nomination to the House an intra-party rival, Chris Seibert, who had coincidentally beaten Crawford in a race for the Athens City Council in 2012. This time, Crawford polled 1,713 votes (54 percent) to Seibert's 1,430 (46 percent).[4] Crawford's seat comes up for election again in 2018.

Crawford is the chairman of the Limestone County Legislation Committee and also serves on two other committees, (1) County and Municipal Government and (2) Health.[2] In 2016, Representative Crawford on his first day in office voted to forbid the sale of fetal tissue or to permit its use in research, and he opposed dilation abortions in Alabama. He voted against funding for new prison facilities, but the bill passed, 52-33. In 2017, he voted to authorize midwives to practice in his state. He voted to reduce the time for appeals from inmates on death row. He voted to prohibit alteration or removal of historic monuments.[5]

Crawford was an early supporter of conservative Republican former Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court Roy Moore for the United States Senate seat vacated by now Attorney General Jeff Sessions.[6] Moore was, however, defeated by a liberal Democrat, former United States Attorney Doug Jones, in the December 12 special senatorial election. 

References

  1. Danny Crawford. Intelius.com. Retrieved on October 20, 2017.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Danny Crawford's Biography. Retrieved on October 20, 2017.
  3. Danny Crawford. Ballotpedia.org. Retrieved on October 20, 2017.
  4. Paul Gattis (December 8, 2015). Danny Crawford wins House GOP runoff in north Alabama. Al.com. Retrieved on October 20, 2017.
  5. Danny Crawford's Voting Records. Project Vote Smart. Retrieved on October 20, 2017.
  6. Mike Casson (August 22, 2017). Roy Moore gets endorsements from 14 Alabama lawmakers. Al.com. Retrieved on October 20, 2017.