Lee Busby

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Lee Busby
Member of the Tuscaloosa City Council from the 4th district
Assumed office
October 15, 2019
Preceded byMatt Calderone
Personal details
Political partyRepublican
EducationUniversity of Alabama

Lee Busby (born 1956 or 1957) is an American retired military officer, sculptor and politician. He was a write-in candidate for the December 2017 U.S. Senate election in Alabama.

Military career[edit]

Busby is a native of Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He graduated from the University of Alabama and served in the United States Marine Corps.[1] He served in Iraq and was vice chief of staff to General John F. Kelly, among other posts.[2] In 2007 Busby was awarded the Legion of Merit in recognition of his work as deputy chief of staff, Marine Corps Forces Europe, in Europe and Africa.[3]

Busby retired in 2013 with the grade of colonel,[1] and as a defense contractor trained soldiers in Afghanistan.[2]


In retirement, Busby turned to sculpting. He specializes in clay portraits of American soldiers killed in war.[1][4][5]


On 27 November 2017, Busby announced a write-in candidacy for the 2017 Alabama Senate election, 15 days prior to election day.

Busby is a registered Republican[6] and described his political leanings as centrist. He opposes legal abortion under most circumstances, supports Republican tax proposals and repealing Obamacare, and voted for Donald Trump in the 2016 elections.[2]

Busby lost the election to Democrat Doug Jones. Busby and several other write-in candidates together received a total of 1.7% of votes.[7]

In October 2019, Busby was elected to the 4th district's seat on the Tuscaloosa, Alabama city council.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Busby is divorced and has four children.[2]

Electoral history[edit]

General election results[9][10]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Doug Jones 673,896 50.0%
Republican Roy Moore 651,972 48.3%
Write-in Write-ins 22,852 1.7%
Total votes 1,348,720 100.0%
Democratic gain from Republican


  1. ^ a b c "This Retired Marine Colonel Is An Incredible Sculptor". Southern Living. Retrieved 27 November 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d Scherer, Michael (27 November 2017). "Retired Marine colonel to launch Senate write-in campaign in Alabama". Washington Post. Retrieved 27 November 2017.
  3. ^ "Military News". The Tuscaloosa News. 4 March 2007. ProQuest 379234009.
  4. ^ "Marine seeks to honor fallen veteran with sculpture on college campus". Fox News. 30 October 2017. Retrieved 27 November 2017.
  5. ^ Enoch, Ed (7 November 2017). "Alabama unveiling bust of alumnus killed in Afghanistan". AP. ProQuest 1961295353.
  6. ^ Persons, Sally (November 28, 2017). "Lee Busby, retired Marine, says he never supported Roy Moore, sees path to write-in victory". The Washington Times. Retrieved December 2, 2017.
  7. ^ "Canvass of Results for the Special General Election held on December 12, 2017" (PDF). Special Elections Official Results. Alabama Secretary of State. Retrieved December 29, 2017.
  8. ^ Schepis, Grace (October 8, 2019). "Lee Busby wins District 4 special election". The Crimson White. Retrieved 2 November 2019.
  9. ^ "2017 Official General Election Results without Write-In Appendix - 2017-12-28.pdf" (PDF). Alabama Secretary of State. Retrieved December 28, 2017.
  10. ^ "Who got the most write-in votes in Alabama's Senate race? Nick Saban makes top 7". 2017-12-20.

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