Randy Wood

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Randy Wood

Alabama State Representative for District 36 (Calhoun, St. Clair, and Talladega counties)
Incumbent
Assumed office 
November 2002

Born March 25, 1947
Tift County
Georgia
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Linda C. Wood
Children One child, Allison
Residence Anniston, Alabama
Profession Businessman

Randy Wood (born March 25, 1947) is a  body shop owner from Anniston, Alabama, who is a Republican member of the Alabama House of Representatives for District 36, which encompasses Calhoun, St. Clair, and Talladega counties in the north central portion of his state.  A representative since 2002, he was from 1998 to 2002, a member of the Calhoun County Commission. 

Born in Tift County in southern Georgia, Wood served in the Alabama National Guard. He graduated from Southern Union Community College in Wadley in Randolph County in eastern Alabama. He owns and operates Wood's Auto Body Shop.[1] He s a member of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #4 and the Civitan and Lions clubs. He and his wife, Linda, have one child, Allison[2] and two grandchildren.[1]

In 2010, Wood won his third term in the House by defeating Beverly Owen Barber in the Republican primary and the Democrat Garry Bearden in the November 2 general election. In 2014, he was unopposed for his fourth term in both the primary and general election.[2]

Wood is the chairman of the House Internal Affairs Committee and a member of these other committees: (1) Military and Veterans' Affairs, (2) Rules, and (3) State Government.[1]

In 2013, Representative Wood voted to establish requirements for medical care at abortuaries in Alabama. In 2014, he supported the prohibition of abortion after the detection of the heartbeat of the unborn child.  He voted for a state tax credit for those adopting children, a measure which passed, 72-23. He voted to 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 sponsored 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 voted to permit the home schooled to participate in public school athletic events, a measured approved by the full House, 52-43. He voted to increase the  cigarette tax, which passed the House, 52-46. He voted to require animal shelters to compile monthy reports, a measure which failed in the House, 28-67. He voted to authorize officials to refuse to perform marriage ceremonies in cases of moral conflict.[3] 

In 2016, Wood 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 opposed additional 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 voted to reduce the time for appeals from inmates on death row. He voted to prohibit judicial override of sentencing guidelines, which passed the House, 78-19. Wood voted to prohibit alteration or removal of historic Confederate monuments through the Alabama Memorial Preservation Act of 2017, which passed the House, 72-29.[3]

Wood was an early 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.[4] Moore now faces a liberal Democrat, former United States Attorney Doug Jones, in the December 12 special election. 

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Randy Wood. Project Vote Smart. Retrieved on October 28, 2017.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Randy Wood. Ballotpedia.org. Retrieved on October 28, 2017.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Randy Wood's Voting Records. Project Vote Smart. Retrieved on October 21, 2017.
  4. Mike Casson (August 22, 2017). Roy Moore gets endorsements from 14 Alabama lawmakers. Al.com. Retrieved on October 20, 2017.