Laura Hall (politician)
|Member of the Alabama House of Representatives
from the 19th district
|Preceded by||George W. Grayson|
January 25, 1943 |
Sandy Springs, South Carolina
|Alma mater||Ohio State University
Alabama A&M University
|Website||Laura Hall for Senate|
Laura Hall was first elected to the Alabama House of Representatives by special election in August 1993. She was re-elected in 1994, 1998, 2001, and 2006. State Representative Hall is a retired educator whose tenure in the education field extended for over forty (40) years.
Representative Hall is a native of Pendleton, South Carolina. She received her elementary and secondary education in Pendleton Public Schools System. After graduating from Anderson County Training High School in 1960, she enrolled in Morris College in Sumter, South Carolina and earned the Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with Chemistry as a minor. Further studies earned her the Master of Science degree in Science Education from Ohio State University and the K-12 Administration Certification from Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University.
During her years of serving in the State of Alabama Legislature, she is the first African American woman elected to represent House District 19, capturing eighty-six (86) percent of the votes. Results from the 1994 election indicated that she captured eighty-eight (88) percent of the votes. During the 1998 election she ran unopposed. The 2002 election was victorious and she began serving a fifth term.
Her committee assignments have included:
- Joint Interim on Medicaid
- Public Safety
- Industrial and Economic Development
- Joint Budget and Finance
- Government Finance and Appropriations
For many years, she has served and continues to serve as a community volunteer for many organizations. In 2001, she served as Chairwoman of the Governor’s Commission on AIDS. Other community and civic involvements include Member, National Education Association, Alabama Education Association, Calhoun Community College Education Association, State Democratic Executive Committee, Madison County Democratic Executive Committee, Alabama Democratic Conference, Alabama New South Coalition, Huntsville Alumnae Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta sorority, Social Action Commission, Greater Huntsville Chapter of The Links, Incorporated, Governor’s Commission on AIDS, for Adults and Youth, Chair, Black AIDS Institute Board of Directors, Community Faith Gathering Committee, Chair, and she is also a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church.
Representative Hall is married to Dr. John W. Hall. She is the mother of Darren W. (Ato) Hall (deceased) and Janeka T. Hall. Her grandchildren include Kenosha Hall, Jawanza Hall, Andrea Hall, Shante Hall, Darren Hall, Briana Hall, Tamia Hall, and Staysha Hall.
2009 special election
Republican Paul Sanford defeated Representative Hall in the special election to fill the District 7 State Senate Seat vacated earlier this year when the incumbent Parker Griffith was elected to the United States House of Representative representing Alabama’s 5th Congressional District. She came under fire for avoiding the media and for refusing to answer questions regarding allegations that she received pay from Calhoun Community College while at the same time performing her duties as a Representative in Montgomery, Alabama which was the reason behind Chancellor Bradley Bryne call for a full investigation of Representative Hall. Incidentally a similar investigation led to the fraud conviction of one of Representative Sue Schmitz who served with Hall in the House of Representatives.