Jerry Carl

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Jerry Carl
Jerry Carl 117th U.S Congress.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Alabama's 1st district
Assumed office
January 3, 2021
Preceded byBradley Byrne
Personal details
Born (1958-06-17) June 17, 1958 (age 62)
Mobile, Alabama, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)
Tina Carl
(m. 1981)
Children2
EducationFlorida Gateway College
Signature
WebsiteHouse website

Jerry Lee Carl Jr. (born June 17, 1958)[1][2] is an American politician and businessman serving as the U.S. Representative for Alabama's 1st congressional district since 2021. Before his election to the United States House of Representatives, he served as a member of the Mobile County Commission from 2012 to 2020.

In 2019, Carl announced his candidacy for the U.S. House of Representatives for Alabama's 1st congressional district, being vacated by incumbent Republican representative Bradley Byrne. Carl faced former State Senator Bill Hightower, Alabama House of Representatives member Chris Pringle, and two others in the Republican primary. Carl narrowly defeated Hightower in the primary, and the two advanced to a runoff election.[3][4] Carl defeated Hightower to win the Republican nomination and faced Democrat James Averhart in the general election.

Early life and education[edit]

A native of Mobile, Alabama, Carl graduated from Sylacauga High School in 1977. He attended Lake City Community College (now Florida Gateway College) for a time, but left to move back home to Mobile and start his first business.[5][6]

Career[edit]

After leaving community college, Carl worked for Alabama Power. He then worked for Burford Equipment Company and as a salesman for various companies in Mobile. Carl established Stat Medical, a healthcare equipment business, in 1989. He later worked as a manager at Rotech Medical before establishing a real estate development firm. Carl founded Carl and Associates, a management group, in 2003. He then started Cricket and Butterfly, LLC, a lumber and timber company.

Carl ran for Mobile County Commission in 2012.[7] He defeated incumbent Mike Dean in the Republican Party primary election in April,[8] and was elected in the general election in November.[9] He won reelection against Margie Wilcox in 2016.[10] In 2019, Carl was selected to serve as Commission President.[11]

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

Elections[edit]

2020[edit]

After defeating State Senator Bill Hightower in the July 14, 2020, Republican runoff, Carl faced Democratic nominee James Averhart in the general election. On November 3, 2020, Carl won the general election with 64.4 percent of the vote.[12]

Committee assignments[edit]

Electoral history[edit]

Republican primary results, 2020
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jerry Carl 38,359 38.7
Republican Bill Hightower 37,133 37.5
Republican Chris Pringle 19,053 19.2
Republican Wes Lambert 3,084 3.1
Republican John Castorani 1,465 1.5
Total votes 99,094 100.0
Republican primary runoff results, 2020
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jerry Carl 44,421 52.3
Republican Bill Hightower 40,552 47.7
Total votes 84,973 100.0
Alabama's 1st congressional district, 2020
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jerry Carl 211,825 64.4
Democratic James Averhart 116,949 35.5
Write-in 301 0.1
Total votes 329,075 100.0
Republican hold

Personal life[edit]

Carl married Tina in 1981, and they have two children together.[13] Carl helped found Luke 4:18 Fellowship, where he and Tina currently attend church.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rep.-elect Jerry Carl (R-Ala.-01)". The Hill. November 30, 2020. Retrieved December 4, 2020.
  2. ^ https://www.fec.gov/data/candidate/H0AL01055/?cycle=2020
  3. ^ "Mobile County Commissioner Jerry Carl announces run for Congress". FOX10 News. Retrieved June 7, 2020.
  4. ^ "Alabama Primary Election Results: First House District". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved June 7, 2020.
  5. ^ "Jerry Carl". Alabama Republican Party. July 2, 2012. Retrieved June 7, 2020.
  6. ^ Brannon, Michael (June 5, 2017). "1,500 jobs coming to Alabama as Amazon plans to open state's first sorting center". Sylacauga News.
  7. ^ Contributor, Robert McClendon | AL com (April 16, 2012). "Jerry Carl running on his business accomplishments in bid to top Mike Dean". al.
  8. ^ Contributor, Robert McClendon | AL com (April 25, 2012). "Mobile County Commission: Mike Dean concedes to Jerry Carl (photo gallery)". al.
  9. ^ "Businessman Jerry Carl wins District 3 Mobile County commissioner seat". al. November 7, 2012.
  10. ^ "Carl claims victory in Mobile County Commission race". al. March 2, 2016.
  11. ^ "Jerry Carl named new County Commission president". FOX10 News. Retrieved June 7, 2020.
  12. ^ "Alabama Election Results: First Congressional District". The New York Times. Retrieved February 11, 2021.
  13. ^ "Coastal 150 endorses Jerry Carl for Congress". Alabama Political Reporter. June 4, 2020. Retrieved November 14, 2020.

External links[edit]

U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Bradley Byrne
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Alabama's 1st congressional district

2021–present
Incumbent
U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Kat Cammack
United States Representatives by seniority
384th
Succeeded by
Madison Cawthorn