Rodger Smitherman

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Rodger Smitherman

Rodger Mell Smitherman (born March 2, 1953 in Montgomery) has represented District 18 in the Alabama Senate since 1994.

Smitherman, a Democrat, is a lawyer, having recieved a bachelor's in business administration from University of Montevallo and his law degree from Miles Law School.

Smitherman served as President Pro Tempore of the Senate from 2009 to 2010.

Smitherman and his wife, Carole, herself a member of the Birmingham City Council, have four children: Rodger II, Tonya Renee, Mary Elaine, and Crystal Nicole.

Smitherman serves as an Elder at More Than Conquerors Faith Church. He is also a volunteer head coach for the Ramsay High School junior varsity girls' basketball team and an assistant for the varsity team. He has also coached at W. J. Christian School, and is a semi-professional golfer.

In 2023 Smitherman introduced a Senate bill "to prohibit public agencies from collecting, disclosing, or releasing certain personal information about members of, volunteers for, and financial and nonfinancial donors to nonprofit organizations." The bill was signed into law by Governor Kay Ivey on May 9.

Preceded by:
Fred Horn
Alabama State Senate, District 18
Succeeded by:
Preceded by:
Hinton Mitchem
President Pro Tempore, Alabama State Senate
Succeeded by:
Del Marsh


  • White, David (February 5, 2009) "Rodger Smitherman sworn in as president pro tempore of Senate." The Birmingham News
  • Byington, Pat (December 20, 2022) "“Call me Coach” — This state senator has been a volunteer high school coach for 20-plus years and has loved every minute!" Bama Buzz

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