Tommy was elected Huntsville’s mayor in 2008, defeating a popular three-term incumbent. The values he grew up with shaped a campaign focused on fiscal responsibility, a streamlined government that supported free enterprise, economic development, and education.
When it comes to budgets and management, Tommy knows mayors and city officials can’t kick the can down the road. Mayors have to roll-up their sleeves and get things done.
Working together with leaders across North Alabama, Tommy has helped to create more than 20,000 new jobs for the region. His collaborative approach to economic development has built partnerships with Blue Origin, Polaris, GE Aviation, and many others, and he led the recruitment effort of Mazda-Toyota to Huntsville. Creating advanced manufacturing jobs with those companies is building an Alabama workforce that is qualified and prepared to lead our state into the 21st Century.
His commitment to schools helped his city build more than $250 million in new facilities for Huntsville’s students. His commitment to education, however, is evident with “Mayor Battle’s Book Club,” a program which has provided more than 100,000 new reading books to children across the city.
Tommy’s wife, Eula, a retired teacher and former Madison County Teacher of the Year, continued her commitment to education by co-founding Free2Teach, a 501c3 non-profit organization that provides free resources to teachers in Madison County’s three public school systems. The organization has distributed nearly $4m in resources to those teachers and their classrooms.
Tommy’s fiscally conservative policies have had a greater than $2.5 billion impact on the local economy, led his city to 11-straight Triple-A credit ratings, created a pay-as-you-go system to build or repair more than $500m in roads, and delivered balanced budgets every year he’s held the office.