Youth Legislature Alumni of Distinction
Since its first Session in 1949, the Alabama YMCA Youth Legislature has produced many leaders, in all walks of life. Below is a listing of just some Youth Legislature Alumni of Distinction. We welcome any suggestions for additions to this list.
1952 Youth Legislature Senator. Later served as United States Ambassador to France in the Reagan Administration.
Youth Legislature Delegate from Montgomery. Later became President of Reynolds Metals.
1959 Youth Legislature House Delegate. Noted singer of the “Captain & Tennille” duo, popular in the 1970’s.
1960 Jere Hardy Award winner. Former President of the University of Montevallo. Currently, serves as a Professor at Troy State University.
Judge Bernard Harwood:
Circuit Judge, Tuscaloosa County.
Youth Legislature Floor Leader, then Majority Leader. Served in the Alabama House of Representatives, 1978-1994, and was Speaker Pro- Tempore of the House, 1987-1994. Currently practices law in Anniston.
Past Chairman, Alabama Ethics Commission.
Colonel Mike Sullivan:
Former Director, Alabama Department of Public Safety.
Judge Sharon Yates:
Justice, Alabama Court of Civil Appeals.
1973 Youth Legislature Senate Floor Leader. First African-American SGA President of the University of Alabama. Currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the University of Alabama.
Stephanie Wolfe Bell:
1975 House Jere Hardy Award recipient, and also awarded for Best Bill in that year. Currently serving on the State Board of Education.
1977 Youth Legislature Lieutenant Governor. Currently is a lobbyist with Fine, Geddie & Associates in Montgomery.
1977 Youth Legislature Speaker of the House. Currently serves as Press Secretary to United States Representative Earl Hilliard (D-Birmingham).
Caroline McDonald Aderholt:
1986 Youth Legislature Speaker of the House. Wife of United States Representative Robert Aderholt (R- Haleyville).
1989 Youth Legislature Lieutenant Governor. Former Assistant Finance Director to the Governor. Currently serving as a lobbyist for the Business Council of Alabama.
Commissioner, Alabama Department of Insurance.
1992 Youth Legislature Speaker of the House. First Collegiate Legislature Speaker of the House. SGA President, Auburn University. Currently, a student at Fordham University Law School.
1997 Jere Hardy Senate Award recipient. 1998 Alabama Junior Miss. Currently a student at the University of Virginia, and serves on the collegiate staff for Youth Legislature.