Jim Bennett, a former legislator who was twice elected secretary of
state, is in his second term as commissioner of the Alabama Labor
Department. He represented Jefferson County in the House of Representatives
from 1978-1983 and in the State Senate from 1983-1993.
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Prior to being elected to public office, Bennett served as director of
public information for the Alabama Labor Council, AFL-CIO,
Birmingham-Southern College and Brookwood Medical Center. He is also a
former reporter for the Birmingham Post-Herald.
He currently serves as chairman of the Jacksonville State University Board
of Trustees and the Governor’s Labor-Management Conference Board of
Directors and is a member of the board of directors for the Labor and
Employment Relations Association, Alabama Chapter and the Center for Labor
Education and Research.
He holds a BS degree from Jacksonville State University and a MA from the
University of Alabama. He and his wife, Andrea, live in the Birmingham