Former State Sen. Bill Hightower, R-Mobille, a candidate for Congress in Alabama’s open First Congressional District, announced Thursday he had raised over $395,000 during the second quarter of 2019 giving him over $383,000 cash on hand.
The Hightower campaign said that that fundraising total of over $395,000 included no loans from the candidate. Ninety percent (90%) of all donations were from the State of Alabama. Hightower’s fundraising total is among the most of any Alabama congressional challenger for an open congressional seat in their first quarter as a candidate in history. For context, in his first announced quarter as a congressional candidate during his first congressional campaign, now-Congressman Bradley Byrne raised a strong $221,000.
“Our entire team and I are incredibly humbled by the tremendous outpouring of support our campaign for Congress has received from all across our district, all across Alabama, and all across the nation,” Hightower said. “We received donations from all corners of the First Congressional District, large and small, and we are honored that they are placing their trust in our campaign to carry a positive conservative vision for South Alabama. We do not take this trust for granted and we will work each and every day to make sure our campaign is the most efficient and effective as we head towards victory in 2020.”
When he was in the legislature, Bill Hightower was consistently ranked among the most conservative state senators in Alabama. He pushed for smaller government and lower taxes. Hightower sponsored legislation to change Alabama to a flat tax and term limits legislation.
In his youth, Bill worked at his grandparent’s farm, cleaned swimming pools, and also worked as a laborer on construction projects. Bill graduated from the University of South Alabama with a degree in Commercial Banking/Finance. He later went on to receive a masters degree in business administration from Vanderbilt University.
In the private sector, Bill has worked with Fortune 500 and other corporations including
Emerson Electric, AlliedSignal, Eaton, and Balfour-Beatty.
In 2002, shortly after the terror attacks of September 11, Bill returned home to Mobile, to be closer to family. He now runs several small businesses.
Hightower says that his business experience makes him uniquely qualified to contribute job-growing policies for hard-working families in Alabama.
Hightower says that of all his accomplishments, he is most proud of his role as husband and father.
Hightower is married to Susan Binegar Hightower, and they have three children and three grandchildren.
Incumbent Bradley Byrne is not seeking re-election, but is instead running for U.S. Senate for the seat presently held by Doug Jones.
The major party primary is on March 3.