Tommy Battle has never been afraid of hard work. He was born in Birmingham and had his first job working in his dad’s restaurant when he was 14. To call him a “bus boy’s assistant” would be a promotion. Tommy went to Berry High School and spent his summers working to pay for college.
Shipyards in Mobile, ovens in Birmingham, usually living in boarding houses.
He took that work ethic with him to the University of Alabama. He studied business, served on the SGA, and competed with Alabama’s champion debate team – though it was in the Alabama Republican Party where he found his passion for public service.
Tommy will tell you it wasn’t easy to be a conservative Republican in what was once a very blue Alabama. Still, he kept working, serving as the chairman of the University’s College Republicans in 1975 and later as chairman of the state College Republicans.
After college, his first job was as manager of Britling on the Highland in Birmingham. He moved to Huntsville in 1980 and was elected to the city council in 1984.
Tommy started Battle Real Estate in 1992 and knows few things will make you more conservative than running a small business – something he did six times before being elected as Huntsville’s mayor.
That happened in 2008. The lifelong conservative values he grew up with shaped a campaign focused on fiscal responsibility, a streamlined government that supported free enterprise, economic development, education, and creating jobs.
He was re-elected in 2012 and again in 2016, receiving more than 80% of the votes cast in both elections.
Everything Tommy has done in his life has been built on the conservative values he learned from his dad at that first job way back when.
Mayors don’t have anyone to pass the buck to. They roll up their sleeves and find a way to get the job done.
For Huntsville and North Alabama, that’s meant creating more than 20,000 new jobs, building $500M new roads and $250M in new schools. Tommy has done that while keeping his government conservative and responsible and receiving 8-straight Triple-A credit ratings and generating $2.5B in economic investment for the city.
Through those achievements, Tommy still says he’s most proud of his family, in particular, his wife of 28 years, Eula.