Mike Holmes

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Mike J. Holmes

Alabama State Representative for District 31 (Autauga and Elmore counties)
Incumbent
Assumed office 
February 5, 2014
Preceded by Charles Barrett Mask 

Born Early 1940s
Crenshaw County
Alabama
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Shirley Russell Holmes
Children Two children
Profession Businessman
Religion Episcopalian 

Mike J. Holmes (born early 1940s) is a businessman from Wetumka, Alabama, who is the Republican state representative for District 31 in Autauga and Elmore counties in the central portion of his state near the capital city of Montgomery.

Holmes attended Pennsylvania State University at University Park, Pennsylvania and received his Bachelor of Science from Troy University in Troy, Alabama. He operates a real estate brokerage firm and has previous experience as a salesman and timber farmer. A member of the Alabama State Republican Executive Committee, he was a delegate to the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, which nominated Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, and the 2016 conclave in Cleveland, Ohio, which nominated the successful Donald Trump and Mike Pence ticket. Holmes was first pledged to U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas before he could switch his support to Trump and Pence.[1] From 2011 to 2013, he was the chairman of the Elmore County Republican Party. Holmes is a member and former officer of the Wetumpka Tea Party movement. He is a member of Christchurch Anglican, a conservative Episcopalian denomination in Montgomery. He and his wife, the former Shirley Russell, have two children and four grandchildren. They married c. 1963.[2]

On February 4, 2014, he won a special election for his current House seat.[3] The seat became when Republican Charles Barrett Mask resigned to accept the position of chief executive officer of the Alabama Association of Realtors. In the primary on December 3, 2013, Holmes defeated intra-party rivals Jimmy Collier, Michael Griggs, and Frank Bertarelli. Since no candidate gained more than 50 percent of the votes, Holmes and Collier, the top two vote-getters, met in a runoff on February 4, which Holmes won. No Democrat filed for the position, and Holmes was declared the winner. Holmes ran unopposed a few months after the special election in the regular Republican primary and then the November 4 general election for a full term in the office.[1]

Holmes is the vice chairman of the House Committee on Boards, Agencies and Commissions and a member of the Judiciary Committee.[3]

In 2014, Representative Holmes voted to prohibit abortion after the detection of the heartbeat of the unborn child. He voted to permit display of the Ten Commandments on public property, a measure which passed the House, 77-19. He did not vote on the issue of drug testing for certain recipients of the public welfare system. In 2015, Holmes 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 sponsored legislation to permit the home schooled to participate in public school athletic events, a measure approved by the full House, 52-43. He opposed the increase in the  cigarette tax, which passed the House, 52-46. He supported the failed bill which would have required animal shelters in Alabama to compile monthly records. In 2016, Holmes 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 against an increase in funding for new prison facilities, a measure which nevertheless 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 supported reducing the time for appeals from inmates on death row. He voted for the  Alabama Memorial Preservation Act of 2017, which forbids the alteration or removal of historic Confederate monuments; the House  approved the measure, 72-29. Holmes voted to prohibit judicial override of sentencing guidelines, a measure which passed the House, 78-19.[4]

Holmes is a 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.[5] Having defeated interim Senator Luther Strange in the Republican runoff primary in September, Moore now faces a liberal Democrat, former United States Attorney Doug Jones, in the December 12 special election. 

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Mike Holmes (Alabama). Ballotpedia.org. Retrieved on October 29, 2017.
  2. Mike Holmes for District 31. Holmes4house.com. Retrieved on October 29, 2017.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Mike Holmes. Project Vote Smart. Retrieved on October 29, 2017.
  4. Mike Holmes' Voting Records. Project Vote Smart. Retrieved on October 29, 2017.
  5. Mike Casson (August 22, 2017). Roy Moore gets endorsements from 14 Alabama lawmakers. Al.com. Retrieved on October 20, 2017.