J. T. Waggoner

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James Thomas Waggoner
Majority Leader of the Alabama Senate
In office
November 3, 2010 – November 2014
Preceded byZeb Little
Succeeded byGreg Reed
Member of the Alabama Senate
from the 16th district
Assumed office
November 7, 1990
Preceded byWilliam Cabaniss
Member of the Alabama House of Representatives
from the 51st district
In office
November 6, 1974 – November 8, 1983
Preceded byConstituency established
Succeeded byHoyt Trammell
Member of the Alabama House of Representatives
from the 14th district
In office
November 1, 1966 – November 8, 1974
Preceded by???
Succeeded byRobert Ellis
Personal details
Born (1937-01-08) January 8, 1937 (age 82)
Birmingham, Alabama, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Marilyn Waggoner
Alma materBirmingham-Southern College
Birmingham School of Law

James Thomas "Jabo" Waggoner (born January 8, 1937) is a Republican member of the Alabama Senate, representing the 16th District since 1990.


He was the Minority Leader from 1999 until the Republicans gained a legislative majority in November 2010 for the first time since Reconstruction, upon which he became Majority Leader. Previously he was a member of the Alabama House of Representatives from 1966-83 as a Democrat. He switched parties the following year to run unsuccessfully against U.S. Congressman Ben Erdreich in the Birmingham-based 6th district in 1984, receiving 40%.

In May 2019, he voted to make abortion a crime at any stage in a pregnancy, with no exemptions for cases of rape or incest.[1]


  1. ^ Durkin, Erin; Benwell, Max (May 15, 2019). "These 25 white men – all Republicans – just voted to ban abortion in Alabama". The Guardian.

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