Tommy Hanes

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James Thomas
"Tommy" Hanes, Jr.

Alabama State Representative
for District 22 (DeKalb
and Jackson counties)
Incumbent
Assumed office 
November 5, 2014
Preceded by John Robinson

Born c. 1955
Citizenship American
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Rhonda M. Hanes
Children Laura Mae Pattillo

Amber L. Hanes

Residence Bryant or Scottsboro
Jackson County
Alabama
Alma mater Central High School
Occupation Fisherman

James Thomas Hanes, known as Tommy Hanes (born c. 1955)[1] is a commercial fisherman from Bryant, Alabama, who has since 2014 represented District 23 in the Alabama House of Representatives. A Republican, his district encompasses DeKalb and Jackson counties in the northeastern portion of his state.

Hanes graduated in 1973 from Central High School, location unavailable, possibly Tuscaloosa. From 1986 to 2011, he was a fire captain in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He has since been a fisherman. He and his wife, Rhonda, have two grown daughters, Laura Mae Pattillo and Amber L. Hanes.[1][2] 

In the general election held on November 4, 2014, Hanes unseated the Democrat incumbent, Representative John Robinson, who had defeated Jim Green in their party primary. Hanes, who was unopposed for his own party nomination, polled 5,493 (60.7 percent) to Robinson's 3,539 (39.3 percent).[3] 

Hanes serves on these committees: (1) Agriculture and Forestry, (2) Economic Development and Tourism,and  (3) Public Safety and Homeland Security.[1] In 2015, Representative Hanes sponsored the legislation affirming the use of electrocution in executions. He voted against the establishment of public charter schools in Alabama, a measure which passed the House, 58-41. He did not vote on the matter of permitting the home schooled to participate in public school athletic events, which was approved 52-43. He voted against the increase in the cigarette tax, which passed the House, 52-46. In 2016, Hanes 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 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 to prohibit alteration or removal of historic monuments, which passed 72-29. Hanes voted against the bill to prohibit judicial override of sentencing guidelines, which nevertheless passed the House, 78-19.[4]

Hanes 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.[5] Moore, however, was defeated by a liberal Democrat, former U.S. Attorney Doug Jones, in the December 12 special election. 

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Tommy Hanes' Biography. Retrieved on October 21, 2017.
  2. James T. Hanes. Intelius.com. Retrieved on October 21, 2017.
  3. James Hanes, Jr.. Ballotpedia.org. Retrieved on October 21, 2017.
  4. Tommy Hanes'  Voting Records. Project Vote Smart. Retrieved on October 21, 2017.
  5. Mike Casson (August 22, 2017). Roy Moore gets endorsements from 14 Alabama lawmakers. Al.com. Retrieved on October 20, 2017.