Orr announces run for third termPublished 1:52pm Thursday, August 29, 2013
Arthur Orr, R-Decatur, announced Aug. 26 he plans to seek reelection to a third four-year term as senator of Alabama’s Third Senate District, representing Morgan County and portions of Limestone and Madison Counties. His candidacy will be subject to the 2014 Republican Primary Election.
During Orr’s second term, the state’s unemployment rate dropped, spending cuts trimmed operational costs to the tune of more than $700 million and laws were passed to make government operations more efficient and accountable to taxpayers.
Orr serves as chairman of the Senate General Fund Budget Committee.
“My top focus will continue to be on improving Alabama’s private sector economy, cutting wasteful spending and ensuring that our tax dollars are spent responsibly,” Orr stated. “It is a great honor to serve the people of my district and I humbly ask for your support.”
With a focus of stimulating economic growth, Orr sponsored the 21st Century Manufacturing Zone Act, which allows cities to recruit large business projects using tax increment financing (TIF) Districts.
“As economic development become more competitive, it’s important that we have the necessary tools to compete with states around the country,” Orr said. “This legislation not only ensures that we are able to compete, but it’s already being used in offers that will bring new jobs to Alabama.”
Orr was instrumental in securing funding for the new Hartselle High School, the Robotics Technology Park in Limestone County and the Alabama Center for the Arts in Decatur.
Before his election to the Senate in 2006, Orr served in the Peace Corps in Nepal, worked for Habitat for Humanity International in Bangladesh and practiced law in Decatur. He joined Cook’s Pest Control in 2001 where he serves as vice president and general counsel.
A graduate of Wake Forest University and Alabama School of Law, he serves as president of the Calhoun College Foundation, Duke University National Alumni Foundation and chairman of the Alabama Select Commission on High School Dropouts.
He ands his wife Amy have a son and a daughter and make their home in Decatur.