By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
The leader of the Alabama State Senate, Senate President Pro Tempore Del Marsh (R) from Anniston launched his 2014 re-election campaign by unveiling his new campaign website.
Senator Marsh said on Facebook, “Pleased to announce that my new website just went live. Visit MarshforSenate.com to sign up for email updates and learn more about actions I’m taking to address key issues facing East Alabama.”
Senator Marsh said on his website, “I’ve used my experience as a small business owner to help create a more business-friendly environment that creates the jobs our families need. I’m a proud fiscal conservative who has cut wasteful spending and kept taxes in check. I’m a watchdog of taxpayers’ dollars who has led by example and made large cuts to my own office staff and costs. I’m a husband and father who is standing up to politics as usual in Montgomery, taking on Washington, and fighting for the conservative reforms that will get Alabama working again. Please join me as I continue to fight for East Alabama.”
According to his website, Senator Marsh is a small businessman and the former owner of an Oxford, Alabama-based engineering services and aircraft part repair company that employs roughly 150 people in the Calhoun County area. Marsh is an Auburn University graduate who has,
“Spent more than three decades of experience in running a business, he understands the importance of job creation as it relates to the state’s economy and ventured into politics to push for legislation that encourages economic growth and protects small businesses.”
Marsh wrote that, “Tough economic times require making tough decisions, but he views the state’s challenging budget shortfalls as an opportunity to make state government more efficient and accountable to taxpayers.”
Among his stated accomplishments during his first term as Senate President Pro Tem, Senator Marsh cut his budget 65 percent reducing a staff of more than 40 under former leadership down to four. Marsh also spearheaded an effort to streamline various state government functions, including law enforcement and information technology leading to projected savings of $100 million a year. Marsh was formerly the Finance Chairman of the Alabama Republican Party.
During his tenure Marsh helped Republicans win all statewide offices and gain control of the state House and Senate for the first time in 136 years. Marsh grew up in Birmingham, went to Auburn to study industrial management, where he met his wife, Ginger, an Auburn University Cheerleader from Calhoun County. Marsh and Ginger have two children, Justin, a graduate of both Auburn University and the University of Tennessee, and Christine, a graduate of Auburn University.
Marsh enjoys the outdoors and particularly bow hunting. Marsh is also a fitness enthusiast who usually spends at least five days a week om the gym.
Democrats have listed the 12th District as one of their potential targets in 2014 as they attempt to wrest control of the Senate from Republicans.