Micky Hammon

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Micky Hammon

Majority Leader of the Alabama House of Representatives
In office
January 12, 2011 – February 2017
Preceded by Ken Guin
Succeeded by Nathaniel Ledbetter

Alabama State Representative for District 4 (Limestone and Morgan counties)
In office
November 6, 2002 – September 26, 2017
Preceded by Angelo Mancuso
Succeeded by Pending

Born 1957
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Pam Hammon
Children Three children
Alma mater John C. Calhoun Community College

Micky Hammon (born 1957) is a businessman from Decatur, Alabama, who is a Republican former member of the Alabama House of Representatives for District 4 in Limestone and Morgan counties in the northeastern portion of his state. He held the seat from 2002 to 2017, when he forfeited the office upon conviction of involvement in a scheme to commit mail fraud after he converted donated campaign funds to personal use. Hammon was the House Majority Leader from 2011 to 2017, when he resigned.[1][2] Prior to his exodus from the House, Hammon had already announced that he would not seek reelection in 2018.[3] The mail fraud conviction came seven months thereafter.

Hammon graduated from John C. Calhoun Community College in Decatur. He is an electrical contractor and a member of Associated Builders and Contractors. He is affiliated with the Decatur Chamber of Commerce and the Tennessee Valley Training Center. Hammon and his wife, Pam, have three children.[4]

In 2006, when he was re-elected to his second term in the House, Hammon defeated the Democrat Sue Mitchell, 8,097 (57.5 percent) to 5,988 (42.5 percent). In 2010, he defeated Democrat Vaughn Goodwin, 12,153 (69.9 percent) to 5,244 (30.1 percent). He ran without opposition for his fourth and final term in 2014.[2]

Hammon was the chairman of the House Public Safety and Homeland Committee as well as two subcommittees on Economic Development and Homeland Security and Immigration. He was the vice chairman of the Economic Development and Tourism Committee.[4]

Hammon carried the support of the Tea Party movement.[5] In 2011, he co-authored an immigration restriction bill which became state law and went after critics of the measure. Hammon said the law would enhance job creation.[6]

In 2013, Representative Hammon voted to establish health care standards for abortion facilities in Alabama. In 2014, he supported the bill to prohibit abortion after the detection of the heartbeat of the unborn child. He voted to display the Ten Commandments on public property, a measure which passed the House, 77-19. He supported drug testing for certain recipients of the public welfare system. In 2015, Hammon supported legislation affirming the use of electrocution in executions. He voted to establish 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 athletic events at public schools, a measure approved by the full House, 52-43. He did not vote on the bill which increased the cigarette tax;  the legislation passed the House, 52-46. He voted against requiring animal shelters to compile monthly reports, a measure which the House disapproved, 28-67. In 2016, Hammon supported 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 the increase in funding for new prison facilities, legislation which  cleared the House, 52-33. In 2017, he supported allowing midwives to practice in his state, a measure which won easy House approval, 84-11. He did not vote on the legislation which reduces the time for appeals from inmates on death row. He voted for the Alabama Memorial Preservation Act, which prohibits the alteration or removal of historic Confederate monuments. The House still approved the measure, 72-29. He did not vote on the question of prohibiting judicial override of sentencing guidelines, a measure which passed the House, 78-19.[7]

References

  1. "Rep. Micky Hammon resigns as House Majority Leader", Alabama Media Group, February 22, 2017. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 Micky Hammon. Ballotpedia.org. Retrieved on October 31, 2017.
  3. "Rep. Micky Hammon, sponsor of immigration bill, won't run next year", Alabama Media Group. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 Micky Hammon's Biography. Project Vote Smart. Retrieved on October 31, 2017.
  5. The Alabama Tea Party Express
  6. Alabama Rep. Micky Hammon rips congresswoman [Democrat Terri Sewell's criticism of immigration law]. AL.com (October 17, 2011). Retrieved on October 31, 2017.
  7. Micky Hammon's Voting Records. Project Vote Smart. Retrieved on October 31, 2017.