The Board of Directors of the Alabama Forestry Association’s political action committee, ForestPAC, has endorsed current Senator Paul Bussman for the General Election in Senate District 4 located in Cullman County, southern Lawrence County, eastern Marion County and northern Winston County.
Paul was first elected to the Alabama Senate in 2010 when he defeated incumbent Democrat Zeb Little. This time around, Senator Bussman, having already defeated Bruce Whitlock in a heated Republican primary, faces Democrat Angelo “Doc” Mancuso. Both of Senator Bussman’s opponents have been heavily supported by the Alabama Education Association.
In his first term, Senator Bussman has distinguished himself as a fiscal conservative and a supporter of limited government. He helped pass legislation that created the Office of Secretary of Information Technology to coordinate the consolidation of all IT efforts in state government.
With respect to forestry matters, Senator Bussman sponsored the Alabama Forestry Association’s bill that would have redirected existing diesel fuel taxes for the purpose of repairing and replacing rural bridges. As a result of that proposed legislation, Senator Bussman, in concert with Governor Bentley, passed the Alabama Transportation Rehabilitation and Improvement Program that created a bond issue for over $1 billion in funding for Alabama’s roads and bridges. The program required a 20% match by counties to receive funding. Senator Bussman later passed legislation that modified the ATRIP program to allow financially strapped counties to receive this “match” requirement, but limited the amount of ATRIP funding they could receive to $5 million. This funding had to be used on bridge replacement.
Paul was born in New Orleans, LA, and at the age of 10, Paul moved to Cullman permanently with his mother, three brothers and one sister. Paul attended school at both St. Paul’s Lutheran School and Cullman public schools, graduating from Cullman High School in 1975.
Paul was a leader in student government and an accomplished basketball player. He was recognized and offered a leadership and basketball scholarship to attend Troy State University, where he was a 4-year letterman and received his Bachelor of Science degree. Paul then attended the University of Alabama, School of Dentistry where he received his Doctoral of Dental Medicine. He has been a general dentist in Cullman since 1983.
Paul has become a national leader in the field of dentistry. He’s very active in professional organizations such as the American Dental Association, the Academy of General Dentistry and state and local chapters of these dental organizations. He has held many offices including five national appointments in the Academy of General Dentistry and is a past president and executive director of the Alabama Academy of General Dentistry.
Not only does Paul’s dental office keep him busy, he is also a local entrepreneur and developer of FUNZONE, Cullman’s only family entertainment center including miniature golf, go-karts, batting cages, an inflatable gymnasium and an electric train.
Paul has devoted countless volunteer hours to committees and organizations that have improved the quality of life for many Cullman residents. He was an organizer of the Good Samaritan Health Clinic- a free medical, optical and dental clinic for uninsured, working individuals in Cullman County. After 10 years of service, he still continues to be a free dental provider to clients of the clinic.
Paul was the first president and organizer for the “Volunteers in Public Schools” program, a mentoring program for at-risk elementary children throughout Cullman County. He was also a past Board member and volunteer of Habitat for Humanity and the Alabama Judicial Systems’ Juvenile Conference Committee. He is a past chairman of the Chamber of Commerce, the Cullman Regional Medical Center Foundation, Cullman Kiwanis Club and the Leadership Cullman County Class of 2000.
He currently serves as a Board member for Cullman Savings Bank and the Cullman Savings Bank Foundation. He is also past chairman of both.
Paul and his wife, Holly, have been married for more than 16 years. Their children, Noah, 12, and Kendall, 6, live at home in Cullman. Phillip lives in Decatur and Melissa and her husband live in Birmingham. The Bussman family attends Grace Episcopal Church in Cullman.