Earl Hilliard Jr
Earl Frederick Hilliard Jr (born June 16, 1969 in Montgomery) is an attorney, film-maker, and senior director of governmental affairs for the City of Birmingham. He previously represented District 60 in the Alabama House of Representatives from 2006 to 2010.
Hilliard, the son of former U.S. Congressman Earl Hilliard, is a graduate of John Carroll Catholic High School. He has a bachelor's degree in marketing from Morehouse College in Atlanta and a law degree from Howard University School of Law in Washington D.C. He served as a lobbyist for the Alabama Historically Black College and University Consortium and was director of government relations for Morehouse College, keeping offices in Atlanta and Washington D.C.
Hilliard is president of Magic City Films, later rebranded as MCF Interactive. He also practiced law, with specialties in governmental and entertainment law, in the firm of Hilliard, Smith and Hunt, later the Hunt-Hilliard Law Firm until 2018. In addition to his work as an attorney and film-maker, Hilliard has served as campaign manager for his father. He is married to the former Janine Hunt and has two children.
In the 2006 primary elections, Hilliard defeated Connie Goldsby in a runoff to win the Democratic nomination for Alabama House of Representatives, District 60. He was unopposed in the general election
In 2009 Hilliard announced his candidacy for the 7th District seat in the United States House of Representatives being vacated by Artur Davis. He lost in the primary to Terri Sewell. His former legislative seat was won by Juandalynn Givan.
In the 2014 election, Hilliard challenged incumbent George Bowman to represent District 1 on the Jefferson County Commission. In his campaign he focused on repairing relations with the Jefferson County Legislative Delegation and encouraging business development in the county.
In 2018 Hilliard was appointed to serve as deputy director of intergovernmental affairs for the City of Birmingham and soon took on the role of senior director. He was a member of the 2023–2024 class of Leadership Birmingham.
- Under the Influence
- Camp D.O.A., 2005 (actor, director, producer)
- The Truman Show, 1998 ("Ferry worker")
- Taylor, Kellie Hewett (July 12, 2006) "Hilliard-Goldsby face-off hinges on age, experience". The Birmingham News
- Dean, Charles J. (April 6, 2009) "Earl Hilliard Jr. to run for seat in U.S. House." The Birmingham News
- Wright, Barnett (May 29, 2014) "Jefferson County Commission candidate profile: Earl Hilliard Jr., District 1." The Birmingham News