|John Daniel "Danny" Garrett|
Alabama State Representative
for District 44 (Jefferson County)
|Assumed office |
November 5, 2014
|Preceded by||Arthur Payne|
|Spouse(s)||Carol Sisson Garrett|
|Children||Jacob, John, and Nicholas Garrett|
|Alma mater||University of Alabama|
John Daniel Garrett, known as Danny Garrett (born 1957), is a businessman from Trussville in suburban Birmingham, Alabama, who has since 2014 represented District 44 in the Alabama House of Representatives. A Republican, his district is entirely within populous Jefferson County in the north central portion of his state.
Garrett holds a Bachelor of Arts degree (1980) in Commerce and Business Administration and a Master of Arts (1981) in Tax Accounting from the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa. He received his Certified Public Accountant license in 1983. Since 2009, he has been chief financial officer of Vulcan Steel Products in Birmingham. He formerly held the same positions at Birmingham Steel Corporation, North American Bus industries, and Progress Rail Services. He is a former vice president of the Trussville City School Board. He is the chairman of the deacons of First Baptist Church of Trussville, at which he sits on the finance and personnel committees and teaches Sunday school for high school seniors. He is a member of the Trussville Rotary International. Garrett and his wife, the former Carol Sisson, have three grown sons, Jacob, John, and Nicholas.
In the Republican primary for House District 44 on June 3, 2014, Garrett defeated two intra-party rivals, John Amari and Joe Freeman. Garrett received 3,506 votes (52.5 percent); Amari, 2,449 (36.7 percent), and Freeman, 725 (10.9 percent). The position opened when the incumbent Republican, Arthur Payne, did not seek reelection. Garrett then ran unopposed in the November 4 general election in the heavily Republican district.
Garrett sits on these House committees: (1) Commerce and Small Business, (2) Education Policy, (3) Jefferson County Legislation, and (4) Ways and Means Education.
In 2015, Representative Garrett voted for the use of electrocution in executions. He voted against the requirement that animal shelters prepare monthly reports. He supported legislation calling for the establishment of public charter schools in Alabama, a measure which passed the House, 58-41. He opposed 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, Garrett supported legislation to forbid the sale of fetal tissue or to permit its use in research, and he opposed dilation abortions in Alabama. He opposed additional funding for new prison facilities, a measure which nevertheless passed the House, 52-33. In 2017, Garrett 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.