Senator Del Marsh (R-Anniston) serves as President Pro Tempore of the Alabama Senate. He was elected to represent Alabama’s 12th Senate District, including Calhoun and Talladega counties, for a fifth term in November 2014.
Senator Marsh is committed to reforming education, job creation through economic incentives and reducing tax burden on small businesses and reducing the size and scope of state government.
A small businessman, Marsh is the owner of an Oxford, Alabama-based engineering services and aircraft part repair company that employs roughly 150 people in the Calhoun County area.
He knew at an early age that business was his passion. By the time he went to college at Auburn University, he had started his first business detailing cars for local car dealerships. When he graduated in 1980, he was able to sell the business he built for a profit.
With 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 helped raise nearly $6 million – a record setter in state GOP politics – to turn the Alabama Legislature on its head. Republicans swept the legislative races, gaining 20 seats in the House and 7 in the Senate – supermajorities in both chambers. They also won every statewide Constitutional race on the ballot, leaving only one Democrat in statewide elected office after the resignation of a Democratic Supreme Court Justice.
During his first term as Senate President Pro Tempore, Marsh significantly reduced spending by cutting his budget 65 percent, and reducing the staff of more than 40 under former leadership down to four, saving roughly $100,000 a month in personnel costs.
Under his leadership, the Alabama Senate has passed sweeping immigration reform, numerous tax incentives and reforms designed to stimulate job growth and reduce burden on small businesses, and economic incentive bills such as Made in Alabama which have successfully brought companies from all over the world to Alabama.
As a strong advocate for school choice, he is responsible for sponsoring legislation which created a public charter school system in Alabama, and is responsible for Alabama Accountability Act which provides a tax credit to low income families to allow them the freedom to choose a better school for their children.
Marsh grew up in Birmingham, the son of a car salesman. While working toward a degree in Industrial Management, he met his wife, Ginger, an Auburn University cheerleader who was born and raised in Calhoun County. He and Ginger have two children, Justin, a graduate of both Auburn University and the University of Tennessee, and Christine, a graduate of Auburn University.