Senator Del Marsh (R-Anniston) serves as President Pro Tempore of the Alabama Senate. He was chosen by his colleagues for the position in December 2010. He was elected to represent Alabama’s 12th Senate District, including Calhoun and St. Clair Counties, for a fourth term in November 2010.
A small businessman, Marsh is the owner of an Oxford, Alabama-based engineering services and aircraft part repair company that employs roughly 150 people in the Calhoun County area.
He knew at an early age that business was his passion. By the time he went to college at Auburn University, he had started his first business detailing cars for local car dealerships. When he graduated in 1980, he was able to sell the business he built for a profit.
With more than three decades of experience in running a business, he understands the importance of job creation as it relates to the state’s economy and ventured into politics to push for legislation that encourages economic growth and protects small businesses.
Just like families and businesses across Alabama have to do, he believes government should live within its means and not spend more than it takes in. Tough economic times require making tough decisions, but he views the state’s challenging budget shortfalls as an opportunity to make state government more efficient and accountable to taxpayers.
During his first term as Senate President Pro Tem, Marsh significantly reduced spending by cutting his budget 65 percent, and reducing the staff of more than 40 under former leadership down to four, saving roughly $100,000 a month in personnel costs.
In his former role as Finance Chairman of the Alabama Republican Party, Marsh helped Republicans win all statewide offices and gain control of the state House and Senate for the first time in 136 years.
Marsh grew up in Birmingham, the son of a car salesman. While working toward a degree in industrial management, he met his wife, Ginger, an Auburn University Cheerleader who was born and raised in Calhoun County. He and Ginger have two children, Justin, a graduate of both Auburn University and the University of Tennessee, and Christine, a graduate of Auburn University.
Marsh is an avid outdoorsman and particularly enjoys bow hunting. He’s also a fitness enthusiast, and can usually be found at the gym exercising at least five days a week.