|Bayless Lynn Greer|
Alabama State Representative for District 2 (Lauderdale
and Limestone counties)
|Assumed office |
November 3, 2010
|Preceded by||Mike Curtis|
|Born|| November 20, 1941|
|Spouse(s)||Rebecca G. "Becky" Greer|
|Children|| Four children|
|Alma mater|| Auburn University|
University of Alabama, Huntsville
Bayless Lynn Greer (born November 20, 1941) is a Republican member of the Alabama House of Representatives from Rogersville, Alabama. Since 2010, he has represented District 2 in Lauderdale and Limestone counties in the northwestern portion of his state. Earlier, he served in the House for two nonconsecutive stints from 1974 to 1981 and 2002 to 2006. From 1981 to 1990, he was a member of the Alabama Public Service Commission.
Greer earned his Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama, and attended the University of Alabama, Huntsville. Greer was an electrical engineer for NASA, the owner and manager of a marine dealership in Rogersville, and a general contractor and developer. He is a former board member of the Shoals Economic Development Authority. From 1993 to 1995, he was Division Director of the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs. He is a member of the First Baptist Church of Rogersville. He and his wife, Rebecca G. "Becky" Greer, have four grown children and ten grandchildren.
In 2010, backed by the Tea Party movement, former Representative Greer unseated the Democratic incumbent, Mike Curtis, in House District 2, 7,599 votes (54.7 percent) to 6,284 (45.3 percent). In 2014, Greer held on to the House seat by defeating another Democrat, Andrew "Andy" Betterton, 8,561 (62.1 percent) to 5,224 (37.9 percent).
Greer is the chairman of the House Transportation, Utilities, and Infrastructure Committee, the vice chairman of the House Limestone County Legislation Committee, and a member of the House Ways and Means General Fund Committee.
In 2014, Representative Greer voted to prohibit abortion after the detection of the heartbeat of the unborn child. he voted for the display of the Ten Commandments on state property, a measure which passed, 77-19. He voted to require drug testing for certain recipients of the public welfare program. In 2015, he backed legislation affirming the use of electrocution in executions. He did not vote on the measure to require animal shelters to compile monthly reports. He voted to establish public charter schools in Alabama, a measure which passed the House, 58-41. He voted to permit the home schooled to participate in public school athletic events, a measured approved by the full House, 52-43. He co-sponsored the increase the cigarette tax, which passed the House, 52-46.
In 2016, Greer co-sponsored 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 additional funding for new prison facilities, a measure which passed the House, 52-33. In 2017, he voted to authorize 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 for the Alabama Memorial Preservation Act, authored by Representative Mack Butler, which prohibits the alteration or removal of historic Confederate monuments, a measure which passed the House 72-29. Greer voted against the legislation which prohibits judicial override of sentencing guidelines, which passed the House, 78-19.
In 2017, Greer was an early supporter of conservative Roy Moore, the former Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, who is seeking to succeed Jeff Sessions, the Attorney General of the United States in the U.S. Senate. Moore faces a heated challenge from the Democrat Doug Jones, a former U.S. Attorney, in the December 12 special election.
- Lynn Greer. Project Vote Smart. Retrieved on April 27, 2015.
- Lynn Greer (Alabama). Ballotpedia.org. Retrieved on October 26, 2017.
- Lynn Greer's Voting Records. Project Vote Smart. Retrieved on October 26, 2017.
- Mike Casson (August 22, 2017). Roy Moore gets endorsements from 14 Alabama lawmakers. Al.com. Retrieved on October 26, 2017.