Tommy Battle was born in Birmingham, Alabama, where he attended Berry High School. He believes in the traditional, conservative values that have helped build our state. Those values have guided him personally and have been the foundation his success as Huntsville’s mayor has been built upon.
Whether it was in his dad’s restaurant as a “bus boy’s assistant” when he was 14 years old, or as president of the Alabama College Republicans in 1975 when it was tough being red in what was a very blue Alabama, or as a small businessman working to support his family like so many hard-working Alabama families. Tommy has never been afraid of hard work.
A native of Birmingham Alabama, Tommy had his first job when he was just 14-years-old, working in a job he often refers to as a “bus boy’s assistant.” After graduating from Berry High School, Tommy attended the University of Alabama where he’d study business.
To pay for that education, Tommy spent many summers working at shipyards in Mobile and steel ovens in Birmingham. He’d save money by living in boarding houses.
That work ethic went with Tommy to Alabama where he would become an officer in the Student Government Association and a championship member of the school’s debate team – though it was in the Alabama Republican Party where he found his real place.
Tommy will tell you that it wasn’t easy being a conservative Republican in what was once a very blue state. Still, he kept working, serving as chairman of the University of Alabama’s college Republicans in 1975 and later as chairman of the state College Republicans organization.
After graduating, Tommy’s first job was as manager of Britling on the Highland in Birmingham. He moved to Huntsville in 1980 and was elected to the city council in 1984.
He says few things will make you more conservative than running your own business, Tommy started Battle Real Estate in 1992 and would open and run six other small business before being elected as Huntsville’s mayor.
Tommy was elected Huntsville’s mayor in 2008, defeating a popular three-term incumbent.
The lifelong conservative values he grew up with shaped a campaign focused on fiscal responsibility, a streamlined government that supported free enterprise, economic development, and education.
He would win re-election in 2012 and 2016, each time receiving more than 80% of the votes.
When it comes to budgets and management, Tommy knows mayors and city officials can’t kick the can down the road. Mayors have to roll-up their sleeves and get things done.
Working together with leaders across North Alabama, Tommy has helped to create more than 17,000 new jobs for the region. Those jobs have been with Remington, Polaris, GE Aviation, and many other. Creating advanced manufacturing jobs with those companies is also building an Alabama workforce that is qualified and prepared to lead our state into the 21st Century.
His commitment to schools helped his city build more than $250 million in new facilities for Huntsville’s students. His commitment to education, however, is evident with “Mayor Battle’s Book Club,” a program which has provided more than 100,000 new reading books to children across the city.
Tommy’s wife, Eula, a retired teacher and former Madison County Teacher of the Year, continued her commitment to education by co-founding Free2Teach, a 501c3 non-profit organization that provides free resources to teachers in Madison County’s three public school systems. The organization has distributed nearly $3m in resources to those teachers and their classrooms.
Tommy’s fiscally conservative policies have had a greater than $2.5 billion impact on the local economy, led his city to 7-straight Triple-A credit ratings, created a pay-as-you-go system to build or repair more than $500m in roads, and delivered balanced budgets every year he’s held the office.
Tommy Battle isn’t running against anyone. He’s running for Alabama.
He believes in hard work, responsibility, teamwork, and that with job growth and economic development the success of one is the success all.
Our state government has failed us.
Tommy Battle has a plan that will create new jobs, improve our aging infrastructure, restore responsibility to our state government, improve our schools, and work together with communities and local leaders all across our state to build a stronger Alabama.
Tommy can be effective because he has been effective.
Now, we need you to join Tommy and work together with us to win the battle for Alabama.