Garlan Gudger

Updated: August 07, 2022 at 12:14 PM CST

General Information

Who is Garlan Gudger?
Garlan Gudger

In 1999, Senator Gudger became the second-generation owner of an architectural salvage business that was established out of a garage in 1969. Since that time, Southern Accents Architectural Antiques has grown into one of the top five architectural salvage companies in the nation. Southern Accents was awarded “Best Antique Store in Alabama” by Alabama magazine in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

Southern Accents has created architectural installations for Garden & Gun magazine including: The VIP lounge at Sloss Music Festival in Birmingham, AL in 2015 and 2016; and the Pilgrimage Music Festival in Nashville, TN in 2017 and 2018.

Senator Gudger has also worked with designer Billy Reid to create backdrops for New York Fashion Week runway shows and architectural installations for the Billy Reid Shindig in Florence, AL. He has also been asked to create several backdrops for CMT videos. Gudger is also the owner of Southern Makers - an event showcasing the best makers in the southeast.

Senator Gudger has been an architectural salvage appraiser for the Alabama Historical Commission and currently serves on the Landmark Committee for the Alabama Historical Commission.

In 2004, Gudger became the youngest member in the history of the City of Cullman to be elected to the Cullman City Council. He served on the council for 14 years and was elected to serve as its president for the last ten. While serving on the city council, Senator Gudger helped create a façade improvement program and streetscape projects that started a renaissance in downtown Cullman after the 2011 tornadoes.

He is a graduate of Cullman High School and received a football scholarship to Samford University where he played receiver. Senator Gudger graduated from Auburn University with a BA in Building Science and a minor in Business. He was selected for the prestigious PIN (Preservation Institute of Nantucket) through the University of Florida.

Senator Gudger is married to Heather Pierce Gudger of Huntsville. They have 2 boys: Tripp (16) and Pierce (13).

Status: Alabama State Senator for District 4
Party: Republican
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Birthday: April 12, 1975 49

Contact Information

Known contact information for Garlan Gudger from Cullman, AL.

  • 11 South Union Street, Suite 733
    Montgomery, AL 36104
  • Phone: 334-261-0855
  • Official Email: [email protected]

Education Information

Known educational history for Garlan Gudger from Cullman, AL.

  • Attended, Samford University
  • BA, Building Science, Auburn University

Political Information

Known political history for Garlan Gudger from Cullman, AL.

  • Candidate, Alabama State Senate, District 4, 2022
  • Senator, Alabama State Senate, District 4, 2018-present
  • Member and President, Cullman City Council, 2004-2018

Professions Information

Known professional history for Garlan Gudger from Cullman, AL.

  • Owner, Southern Makers, present
  • Owner, Southern Accents Architectural Antiques, Incorporated, present
  • Architectural Salvage Appraiser, Alabama Historical Commission
  • Member, Landmark Committee for the Alabama Historical Commission

Organizations Information

Known organizational history for Garlan Gudger from Cullman, AL.

  • Member/Former President, Cullman City Council, 2004-2018

Election History

Garlan Gudger from Cullman, AL has participated in elections listed below in the state of Alabama.

Sponsored Bills

View legislative bills that Garlan Gudger has sponsored.

Relating to labor and employement; to exclude consideration of a motor carrier's use of safety improvements, technologies, practices, and driver coaching in determining a motor carrier driver's classification as an independent contractor or an employee under state law.
Relating to alcoholic beverages; to amend Section 2 of Act 2022-431 of the 2022 Regular Session, now appearing as Section 28-3A-13.3, Code of Alabama 1975, to revise the amounts of alcoholic beverages that may be sold curbside.
Relating to economic development; to add Section 40-18-379.1 to the Code of Alabama 1975, to require the Department of Commerce to publish certain information regarding economic development incentives awarded under the Alabama Jobs Act.
Relating to health care facilities; to add Section 22-21-437 to the Code of Alabama 1975; to require health care facilities to adopt certain visitation policies; to provide that patients have a right to certain visitation; to allow patients to designate an essential caregiver and to guarantee that caregiver certain visitation rights; to prohibit a health care facility from adopting a visitation policy that is more stringent than certain employee policies; to prohibit a health care facility from requiring visitors to show proof of vaccination or from prohibiting consensual physical contact between visitors and patients; to provide for the circumstances in which patients may not be denied visitors who are not essential caregivers; to require health care facilities to provide visitation policies to the Department of Public Health; to require the Department of Public Health to develop a mechanism for complaints; to provide certain immunity from liability in certain circumstances; to exempt certain psychiatric care facilities from the provisions of this bill; and to repeal Sections 22-21-430 through 22-21-436, Code of Alabama 1975, relating to hospital visitation during a public health emergency.

Plumbers and gas fitters, journeyman plumber replaced with a residential plumber as a member of the board, expand examination options for a journeyman plumber or gas fitter, definitions, Secs. 34-37-1, 34-37-3, 34-37-6, 34-37-8, 34-37-12 am'd.
Lawrence and Limestone Counties, Board of Registrars, maximum number of days increased, Sec. 17-3-8 am'd.
Firefighters and rescue squad members, income tax credit for training under certain conditions
Municipal courts, traffic tickets, fines and penalties, municipalities limited in the amount of money a municipality may retain, transfer of excess to State Finance Department for further distribution
Navigation, operation of vessels, wake boarding and wake surfing restrictions and requirements, provided, criminal penalty for violation, provided
Counties, license taxes, prohibited on farmers
Unemployment compensation, individual required to search for work a certain number of times per week to be eligible to receive benefits, Sec. 25-4-77 am'd.
Education, issuance of professional educator certificate to individuals completing approved alternative teacher preparation programs, further provided for, St. Board of Education to adopt policies, Sec. 16-23-3.01 added; Sec. 16-23-3 am'd.
Redistricting, legal challenges against statewide plans, establish venue before 3-judge panel to hear challenge, Sec. 29-1-2.5 am'd.
Small Business Relief and Revitalization Act of 2022, cancellation of indebtedness income exempt from income tax, financial institution excise tax and corporate income tax due date extension, certain business tangible personal property ad valorem tax exemption, deposit of certified funds with Revenue in lieu of one-time surety bond for licensure, average monthly sales tax liability for estimated payments increased, Secs. 40-16-3.1, 40-18-39.1 added; Secs. 40-9-1, 40-23-6, 40-23-6.1, 40-23-7 am'd.
Community Development Districts, certain districts meeting certain criteria in unincorp. area of county, rate of taxation on sale of alcoholic beverages specified, Sec. 35-8B-1 am'd.
Abuse, registry for individuals convicted of certain crimes against elders, require certain care providers to query the registry, criminal penalties, Sec. 38-9-8 am'd.
Occupational therapy, Occupational Therapy Licensure Compact, occupational therapists authorized to practice on a limited basis among compact states
State holidays, list of state holidays revised, Sec. 1-3-8 am'd.
Rural economic development, Rural Logging Support Act, established, taxpayers authorized to receive a tax credit for contributions to logging support organizations, exceptions for weight restrictions for certain vehicles used in forest commerce
Taxation, income tax, exclusion of enhanced federal child tax credits from American Rescue Plan Act from calculation of federal income tax deduction for tax year 2021, extension of the due date for certain taxpayers, Secs. 40-16-3.1, 40-18-39.2 added.
Education, constitutional amendment, public K-12 schools required to play Star-Spangled Banner on schools and at school athletic events, const. amend.
Optometrists, practice of optometry further provided, Board of Optometry to regulate, to issue advisory opinions and declaratory rulings, Secs. 20-2-2, 34-22-1, 34-22-42 am'd.
Podiatry, scope of practice expanded to include foot and ankle, Sec. 34-24-230 am'd.
Critical infrastructure, provides further for crime of unauthorized entry of a critical infrastructure, including unmanned aircraft systems, provides additional penalties, Sec. 13A-7-4.3 am'd.
Freedom of speech, service providers, prohibit from taking certain restrictive actions against a user based on content of speech expressed
Labor, prohibits state and political subdivisions from teaching divisive concepts relating to race or sex in training, prohibits same for state contractors, Dept. of Labor to review state agency training programs

Cullman Co., lodgings tax decreased upon retirement of certain debt, Cullman County Tourism Bureau estab., Secs. 45-22-242, 45-22-242.11 am'd.
Alcoholic beverages, winery in dry county, Alcoholic Beverage Board authorized to issue manufacturer license, distribution only to distributor or out-of-state, Sec. 28-7A-10.1 add; Sec. 28-3A-3 am'd.
Cullman Co., no cost, pistol permits, applicants may make donation to sheriff, sheriff not required to send any information relating to pistol permits or firearm prohibition
Community development districts, alcoholic beverages, taxation on the sale of alcoholic beverages, further provided, proceeds from sales tax would be deposited into a special fund in the county treasury, Sec. 35-8B-5 added; Sec. 35-8B-1 am'd.
Taxation, exempt federal tax credits and restaurant revitalization grants received under American Rescue Plan Act from state taxation, to provide filing extension for certain taypayers, Revenue Dept. may adopt rules, Secs. 40-16-3.1, 40-18-39.1 added.
Family leave and adoption, reduce period for relinquishment of parental rights for child placed for adoption from five days to four days, provisions for family leave time for adoptive parents and biological parents to care for child in certain cases, Secs. 16-25-11.12, 26-10A-13, 36-26-35.2, 36-26-36.2 am'd.
Alcoholic beverage manufacturers, transfer of alcoholic beverage in bond from another location to manufacturer for certain retail sale authorized, Sec. 28-3A-6 am'd.
Lottery, legislative intent, Alabama Lottery Commission, powers and duties, distrib. of proceeds, allocation of state and local tax on gaming revenue, limitations on retailers of lottery tickets, Alabama Lottery Act
Lottery, authorized, Alabama Lottery Corporation, created, distrib. of proceeds, Lottery Trust Fund, established, levy a state and local tax on gaming gross revenue from video lottery terminals, Sec. 65, Constitution of Alabama of 1901 am'd., const. amend.
Lottery, authorized, distribution of proceeds for postsecondary scholarships and mental health services in public schools, implementation by general law, const. amend.
Debit and credit card swipe fee, exclude from fee calculation taxes and fees added on to purchase price
Health, require health care facilities to allow one caregiver or visitor to patients or residents, subject to reasonable restrictions
State holidays, Robert E. Lee Day observed on second Monday in October, Sec. 1-3-8 am'd.
Small farm wineries, authorize to sell to consumers or distribute to retailers
Covid-19 Recovery Capital Credit Protection Act of 2021, created, employment and wage requirements for qualifying projects extended, compensation amounts for exemption purposes increased, Sec. 40-18-19.1 am'd.
Veterans' Affairs, State Board of, adding a Gold Star Family member to the board, updating existing code, making nonsubstantive, technical revisions, Sec. 31-5-3 am'd.
Armed forces, Alabama State Defense Force (ASDF), provide pay for members, authorization for Governor to activate, further provided, commissioning of officers and specify qualifications, provided, Secs. 31-2-37, 31-2-46, 31-2-69, 31-2-70 am'd.
Legislature, to call itself into a special session under certain conditions authorized, const. amend.
Large animals, sale, possession, transfer, and breeding of large wild cats, great apes, wolves, and non-native bears prohibited , except under certain conditions, criminal penalties established
Department of Public Health, reconstituted, State Board of Health, State Committee of Public Health, State Health Officer abolished, State Health Advisory Board, Secretary of ADPH, medical director established, county boards of health, membership revised, Secs. 22-2-9, 22-2-10, 22-2-11, 22-2-12, 22-2-13, 22-3-8 repealed; Secs. 22-1-1, 22-1-3, 22-2-1, 22-2-2, 22-2-3, 22-2-4, 22-2-5, 22-2-6, 22-2-7, 22-2-8, 22-3-1, 22-11A-38, 22-22A-2, 22-29-1, 22-37A-2, 34-15-2, 34-15-5 am'd.
Board of Medical Examiners, membership and duties revised, Medical Licensure Commission abolished, Secs. 34-24-54.1, 34-24-54.2, 34-24-71.1, 34-24-71.2, 34-24-71.3 added; Secs. 34-24-50.1, 34-24-310, 34-24-311, 34-24-311.1, 34-24-312, 34-24-313, 34-24-314, 34-24-330, 34-24-331, 34-24-332, 34-24-333, 34-24-334, 34-24-335, 34-24-338, 34-24-339, 34-24-341, 34-24-342, repealed; Secs. 13A-6-201, 13A-9-21, 27-1-17.1, 34-24-50, 34-24-51, 34-24-52, 34-24-53, 34-24-53.1, 34-24-54, 34-24-56, 34-24-57, 34-24-60, 34-24-70, 34-24-71, 34-24-73, 34-24-75, 34-24-75.1, 34-24-336, 34-24-337, 34-24-340, 34-24-343, 34-24-360, 34-24-360.1, 34-24-361, 34-24-361.1, 34-24-362, 34-24-363, 34-24-365, 34-24-366, 34-24-367, 34-24-381, 34-24-382, 34-24-383, 34-24-384, 34-24-501, 34-24-502, 34-24-503, 34-24-506, 34-24-507, 34-24-508, am'd.
Pharmacy benefits managers, practices relating to patient steering, price discrimination, fiduciary duty to client, price disclosure, etc. regulated, Dept of Insurance, duties and authorities revised, Act 2019-457, 2019 Reg. Sess., sections amended and renumbered; Secs. 27-45A-6 to 27-45A-11, inclusive, 27-45A-13 added; Secs. 27-45A-3, 27-45A-4, 27-45A-5 am'd.
Elections, prohibit social media companies from restricting access to political candidates during elections, civil penalties, value of endorsement by social media companies required to be recorded as campaign contribution
Talladega College, appropriation
Lyman Ward Military Academy, appropriation
Appropriations, supplemental appropriations for fiscal year 2020, from Education Trust Fund to the State Dept. of Education, Alabama Community College System, Marine Environmental Sciences Consortium, Commerce Dept., and the Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind, approp. for Coucil on Arts earmarked, approp. for School of Cyber Technology and Engineering carried forward, Act 2019-403, 2019 Reg. Sess., am'd.
Education budget, appropriations for the support, maintenance, and development of public education
Agricultural lime, required to be labeled with relative neutralizing value as defined, Secs. 2-23-2, 2-23-4 am'd.
Sweet potato, official state vegetable, designated
Building Exceptional School Board Team Act (BEST), provides further for boardsmanship standards, training, and discipline of local bd. of education members, Sec. 16-1-41.1 repealed; Secs. 16-8-1, 16-11-2 am'd.
Workers' compensation, firefighters, law enforcement officers, diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, reimbursed for certain out-of-pocket expenses, co's and municipalities required to maintain certain disability insurance coverage
Business entities, Sec. of State authorized to waive the Certificate of Existence fee for business entities under certain conditions, Sec. 10A-1-4.31 am'd.
Competitive bidding, awarding authority allowed to negotiate lowest bidder when all bids exceed available funding, Sec. 39-2-6 am'd.
Taxation, certain tax credits, advance refunds, and other economic relief payments under the CARES Act excluded from income taxation, Alabama Taxpayer Stimulus Freedom Act of 2021, Sec. 40-27-1 am'd.
State Health Officer, order issued in response to outbreak of a disease has full force of law if approved by Governor and filed with Secretary of State in state of emergency, Secs. 22-2-8, 31-9-8, 31-9-13 am'd.
Employees' Retirement System Board of Control, membership revised, diversity language included, terms of service further provided for, Sec. 36-27-23 am'd.

Competitve bidding, awarding authority allowed to negotiate lowest bidder when all bids exceed available funding, Sec. 39-2-6 am'd.
Ethics, revolving door prohibition, allow former public official or employee to work for same or other public employer, Sec. 36-25-13.1 added

SB 390
Entertainment, increase cap on film production tax credits, Sec. 41-7A-48 am'd.
SB 389
State Board of Auctioneers, qualifications for licensure, annual single use auction license, inactive licenses, reciprocal licensing of apprentice auctioneer prohibited, conduct of auctions without a license, disciplinary actions pursuant to APA, board membership and meetings, Secs. 34-4-21, 34-4-23, 34-4-25, 34-4-27, 34-4-28, 34-4-29, 34-4-30, 34-4-31, 34-4-33, 34-4-50, 34-4-52 am'd.
SB 329
Coal, excise and privilege tax, proceeds distribution further provided, termination of tax on October 1, 2033, Secs. 40-13-6, 40-13-8 am'd.
SB 290
Taxation, inspection fees, penalties, transfer distribution responsibilities from State Treasurer to the Dept. of Revenue
SB 278
Boards and commissions, Alabama Small Business Commission, appointing authority further provided, Sec. 41-29-240 am'd.
SB 246
Health, mentally ill persons, probate court, authorized to issue a renewal of an involuntary commitment order for treatment, after a hearing, Sec. 22-52-10.10 added; Secs. 22-52-10.2, 22-52-10.3 am'd.
SB 173
Legislative Oversight Committee, distinctive tag program, private two-year colleges, Sec. 32-6-67 am'd.
SB 172
Manufactured homes, distribution of certificate of title transaction fees clarified; years for requirement for certificate of title updated. Section amnd 32-20-4, 32-20-20, and 32-20-21
SB 171
Lodging tax, rooms and spaces not used for overnight accommodations, exemption, consistent with rule of Revenue Dept., Sec. 40-26-1 am'd.
SB 144
Dental Scholarship Awards Board, Alabama Dental Service Program, name revised from Council on Dental Education to Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association, Sec. 16-47-78 am'd.
SJR 40
First Baptist Church of Fairview, 100th anniversary, commended
SJR 39
Busy Bee Cafe, 100th anniversary, commended

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