About Senator Tom Whatley

Senator Tom Whatley was elected to the Alabama Senate on November 2nd, 2010. Born and raised on the family dairy farm in Lee County, he graduated from Beauregard High School in 1988. In 1994 he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration from Auburn University and went on to receive his Juris Doctorate from the Thomas Goode Jones School of Law. He was admitted to the Alabama State Bar in 1999.

Before enrolling at Auburn, Senator Whatley enlisted in the Alabama Army National Guard in 1988 and has served 25 years. In 1992 he received his Commission from Auburn University ROTC and currently serves as a Lieutenant Colonel. His last overseas assignment was as the Bilateral Affairs Officer, Defense Attaché Office, United States Embassy, Bucharest Romania where he served as a diplomatic liaison between the US Embassy and the Romanian Ministry of Defense. Tom presently serves as Battalion Commander of the 167th Special Troops Battalion. Senator Whatley has received the Army Commendation Medal, the National Defense Service Metal, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, and the Meritorious Service Medal.

Senator Whatley is Chairman of the Senate Agriculture, Forestry, and Conservation Committee and Chairman of the Lee County Legislative Delegation and as Co-Chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. He also serves on the Senate Education Finance and Taxation Committee as well as the Senate Health, Judiciary, Military and Veterans Affairs, and Confirmations Committees. Senator Whatley was also elected by his peers to serve on the Joint House and Senate Legislative Council and was appointed by the Lieutenant Governor to the Indian Affairs Committee.

Senator Whatley resides in Auburn, is a member of the Opelika Kiwanis Club, the Lee County Cattleman’s Association, supports various civic organizations, attends Auburn United Methodist Church, and operates a small law firm.


Jones School of Law, Faulkner University

  • Dean's List, Juris Doctorate, 1998
  • Member, Alabama State Bar, 1999

Auburn University

  • Bachelor of Arts Degree in Public Administration, 1994
  • Commissioned 2nd Lieutenant, Auburn ROTC, U.S. Army Field Artillery

Fort Lee Quartermaster School & Center

  • Quartermaster Officer Basic Course, 1993
  • Quartermaster Officer Advanced Course, 2001
  • Combined Arms Service Staff School, 2002
  • ILE, Formerly Command and General Staff College, 2009

Military Experience

  • Alabama Army National Guard, LTC, JFHQ, 1988 – Present
  • Two overseas tours (2003 and 2005 – 2007) for Global War on Terrorism
  • Four overseas short term tours 2002, 2004, 2007, and 2009
  • Served as a Company and Detachment Commander, receiving significant management experience
  • Served on Battalion, Brigade, and Joint Staffs
  • Army Commendation Medal (5)
  • National Defense Service Medal (2)
  • Joint Meritorious Service Medal
  • Meritorious Service Medal
  • Battalion Commander 167th Special Troops BN Deputy Brigade Commander 122nd TSC (Alabama Helicopter Brigade)