Phil Williams (Alabama state representative)

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Philip "Phil" Williams

Alabama State Representative
for District 6 (Limestone
and Madison counties)
Incumbent
Assumed office 
July 15, 2009
Preceded by Sue Schmitz

Born Grassy
either Lauderdale or Marshall County
Alabama
Citizenship American
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Lisa Johnson
Children One child
Residence Harvest
Madison County
Alma mater University of Alabama at Huntsville
Occupation Businessman

United States Army contract specialist

Not to be confused with Phil Williams (Alabama state senator) from Etowah County

Philip Williams, known as Phil Williams (born 1955), is a businessman from Harvest in Madison County, Alabama, who has since 2009 represented District 6 in the Alabama House of Representatives. A Republican, his district encompasses Limestone and Madison counties the northeastern portion of his state.

Williams was born in rural Grassy, either in Lauderdale or Marshall counties, both in northern Alabama. He graduated with a degree in international business from the University of Alabama at Huntsville. He was a contract specialist in the United States Army. He is the co-founder of three companies, 3D Research Corporation, Soldier 1 Corporation, and Synapse Wireless. He is a former board member of the Huntsville Heritage Foundation. He and his wife, Lisa, have one child.[1]

In 2009, Democrat Representative Sue Schmitz vacated her seat after conviction of fraud. On July 14, Williams was elected to succeed Schmitz. He defeated his Democrat opponent, Jenny Rhodes Askins, 2,552 (60.5 percent) to 1,663 (39.5 percent). In 2010 and 2014, Williams ran without opposition in the Republican primary and the general election.[2]

Williams is the vice chairman of the House Education Policy Committee and a member of these committee: (1) Limestone County Legislation, (2) Madison County legislation, (3) Technology and Research, and (4) Ways and Means Education.[1]

In 2013, Representative Williams 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 did not vote on the bill which permits the display of 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, Johnson 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 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 voted to require animal shelters to compile monthly reports, a measure which the House disapproved, 28-67. In 2016, Williams 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 against the increase in funding for new prison facilities, legislation which still 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 supported reducing the time for appeals from inmates on death row. He broke with most conservatives by voting against the Alabama Memorial Preservation Act, which prohibits the alteration or removal of historic Confederate monuments. The House still approved the measure, 72-29. He voted to prohibit judicial override of sentencing guidelines, a measure which still passed the House, 78-19.[3]

In 2015, Williams announced that he would seek to depose then House Speaker Mike Hubbard early in 2016, but Hubbard retained the Speakership for a few weeks longer before resigning from the House upon conviction of public corruption.[4]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Phil Williams' Biography. Retrieved on October 30, 2017.
  2. Phil Williams (Alabama House of Representatives). Ballotpedia.org. Retrieved on October 30, 2017.
  3. Phil Williams' Voting Records. Project Vote Smart. Retrieved on October 30, 2017.
  4. Rep. Phil Williams says he will challenge Speaker Mike Hubbard for top job. AL.com (October 1, 2015). Retrieved on October 31, 2017.