Priscilla Dunn

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Priscilla Dunn (born October 8, 1943) is a former three-term Alabama State Legislator and currently represents Alabama Senate District 19, having won a special election to complete the term of E. B. McClain after his bribery conviction.

Dunn graduated from J. S. Abrams High School in Bessemer. She has a bachelor of science in education from Alabama State University and a master of arts in education from the University of Montevallo. She worked for 29 years as a teacher before retiring, and still works part-time as the homeless education coordinator for Bessemer City Schools. She is also president of the Concerned Citizens of Bessemer Cut-Off.

She was elected to represent Alabama House District 56 in 1998 and subsequently re-elected to two additional terms. She was twice named "Legislator of the Year" in the house. Dunn is also on the board of directors for the Bessemer Civic Center and on the advisory board of the Jefferson/Shelby Counties American Cancer Society.

She defeated Merika Coleman in a runoff to take McClain's Senate seat in June 2009. She outspent her opponent $41,359 to $14,131 and picked up endorsements from three of her primary opponents. Her primary goal when she stated her candidacy was to lower the age at which children are required to attend school from 7 to 5.

Dunn and her husband Grover have one daughter, Karen. They attend Shady Grove Baptist Church.


  • Ruisi, Anne (May 10, 2009) "Priscilla Dunn says her experience sets her apart for Senate District 19." The Birmingham News
  • "A Glance at Representative Priscilla Dunn" (June 25, 2009) Birmingham Times
  • Ruisi, Anne (June 26, 2009) "Senate District 19 hopefuls Priscilla Dunn and Merika Coleman vie for money." The Birmingham News
  • Ruisi, Anne (June 30, 2009) "Priscilla Dunn wins Democratic runoff for state Senate." The Birmingham News

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