Neil Rafferty

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

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Who is Neil Rafferty?
Neil Rafferty

Born and raised in Birmingham, my roots run deep and spread wide in our red dirt. Growing up a Boy Scout, I learned the importance of nature conservation, and I developed a love of the outdoors. I am an Anytown Alabama alumni. I come from a loving, accepting family who has faced various medical hardships, including addiction, hearing disabilities, and childhood corrective surgeries. I carry these early experiences to the State House, and they empower me to help families facing difficult times.

In 2005, I became a United States Marine, serving our country while facing the discriminatory realities of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” Still, this time in the service provided me with leadership skills and the ability to look at problems from different, even opposing viewpoints. The Marine Corps instilled in me the need to work together with the people from all walks of life to complete the mission at hand. After my term of service in the military, I used G.I. Bill benefits to earn degrees from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB).

I have dedicated my professional life to healthcare and community organizing. I have worked as the Director of the B-CHIP Program at Birmingham AIDS Outreach (BAO). The B-CHIP team addressed health disparities through intensive collaboration with community members, partner nonprofits, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), state and county health departments, and clinics to implement community-coordinated, public health strategies. I was drawn to healthcare because I saw firsthand health disparities across communities, and a system refusing to provide affirming care to LGBTQ persons.

Since entering the legislature in 2018, I have been an outspoken advocate for women’s health, minority health, LGBTQ and racial equity, veterans issues, and Medicaid expansion. I have led to ensure accountability of law enforcement, expanding access to mental and medical healthcare for all Alabamians, pushing for improved women’s healthcare and reproductive justice, and fighting for the expansion of voter rights.

I chair the Democratic House Caucus Platform Committee. In the legislature, I sit on the Sunset Committee, Health Committee; Economic Development and Tourism Committee; and the Transportation, Utilities, and Infrastructure Committee. I have been appointed to the Alabama Challenge Veterans Suicide Task Force, the Opioid Overdose, Addiction, and Treatment Council, and the 988 Implementation Study Group.

I reside in the Crestwood community with my husband and partner of 17 years, Mike, and our rescue animals. I enjoy reading and word puzzles. I try to get outside as much as possible—whether that is hiking Ruffner Mountain, walking our dog through the neighborhood, or working in the yard. I also like to hang out with friends at Birmingham’s local breweries, parks, and restaurants.

Status: Alabama State Representative for District 54
Party: Democrat
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Contact Information

Known contact information for Neil Rafferty from Birmingham, AL.

  • 11 South Union Street, Suite 539-E
    Montgomery, AL 36104
  • Phone: 334-261-0543
  • Official Email: [email protected]

Education Information

Known educational history for Neil Rafferty from Birmingham, AL.

  • BA, English/Political Science, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 2005-2010

Political Information

Known political history for Neil Rafferty from Birmingham, AL.

  • Candidate, Alabama State House of Representatives, District 54, 2022
  • Representative, Alabama State House of Representatives, District 54, 2018-present

Professions Information

Known professional history for Neil Rafferty from Birmingham, AL.

  • Education and Prevention Coordinator/B-CHIP Program Director, Birmingham Aquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) Outreach (BAO), 2015-present
  • Medical Scribe, Scribe America, 2014-2015
  • Youth Prevention Coordinator, Birmingham Aquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) Outreach (BAO), 2013-2015
  • Membership Services Representative, MedjetAssist, 2011-2013
  • Testing Outreach Coordinator, Birmingham Aquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) Outreach (BAO), 2013
  • English and Composition Teacher, Self-employed, 2011
  • Co-founding Officer, University of Alabama Birmingham Student Veterans Association, 2007-2010
  • Corporal, United States Marine Corps, 2005-2009

Organizations Information

Known organizational history for Neil Rafferty from Birmingham, AL.

  • Co-Chair, Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Prevention Network, 2016-present
  • Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Tester/Counselor, Spirit of Luke Charitable Foundation, 2013-present
  • OraQuick Counselor/Health Educator, 1917 Clinic, 2012-present
  • Co-Founding Member, Alabama Veterans Initiative Board, 2009-2012

Election History

Neil Rafferty from Birmingham, AL has participated in elections listed below in the state of Alabama.

Sponsored Bills

View legislative bills that Neil Rafferty has sponsored.

HB462
Firearms, Voluntary Alabama Firearms Do-Not-Sell List created, Mental Health Dept. to administer
HB408
Economic Development incentives, Revenue Dept required to submit a Unified Economic Development Budget
HB243
Parole, to revise the criteria for parole consideration, Secs. 15-22-24, 15-22-26, 15-22-37 am'd.
HB234
Class 1 municipality (B'ham), alcoholic beverages, food trucks, license to sell for public consumption authorized, Sec. 28-3A-17.1 added.
HB233
Taxation, sales tax exemptions, sales and use tax exemption provided for certain purchases of diapers and feminine hygiene products, Sec. 40-23-4 am'd.
HB1
Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, to provide workplace protections against pregnancy discrimination and related medical conditions, Secs. 25-15-1 to 25-15-7, inclusive, added; Secs. 25-2-2, 25-2-7 am'd.

HB627
Food trucks, license to sell alcoholic beverages for public consumption authorized in Class 1 municipalities, Sec. 28-3A-17.1 added.
HB590
Jefferson Co., ad valorem taxes, senior property tax appraisal, person 70 or older, valuation frozen under certain conditions, const. amend.
HB544
Death penalty repealed, Secs. 13A-5-39, 13A-5-43, 13A-5-44, 15-18-100 am'd; Secs. 13A-5-45 to 13A-5-53, inclusive, 13A-5-55, 13A-5-59, 15-18-80 to 15-18-86, inclusive, repealed
HB450
Motor vehicles, Peer-to-Peer Car Sharing Program Act, operation of programs provided for
HB442
State sales and use tax increased, phase-in period, sales and use tax on food phased out, exempt by 2007, counties and municipalities prohibited from increasing sales tax on food, Secs. 40-23-2, 40-23-61 am'd.
HB437
Wine, authorizing common carriers to make delivery of alcoholic beverages to residents over 21, to create a wine direct shipper permit to allow wine manufacturers to ship their table wine directly to residents, Sec. 28-3A-6.1 added; Sec. 28-1-4 am'd.
HB433
Voter registration, authorize registration same day as election, Sec. 17-3-50 am'd.
HB432
Medicaid, expand program to provide assistane to state residents, provide appropriations for adequate funding
HB431
Medicaid, extend postpartum coverage for eligible pregnant women to one year after birth
HB411
Law enforcement, procedures to create a database to maintain law enforcement information providing civil protections, providing for background checks and pre-employment checks
HB409
Elections, absentee ballots, county commission authorized to select locations for receiving absentee ballots
HB397
Election ballots, straight political party ballots prohibited, constitutional amendment ballot measure, contents may not mislead description of, Secs. 17-6-36, 17-6-37. 17-6-38, 17-6-39 repealed; Secs. 17-6-35, 17-6-41, 17-7-21 am'd.
HB394
Criminal procedure, asset forfeiture for drug offenses provided, Alabama Criminal Forfeiture Process Act, Secs. 20-2-93 repealed
HB352
Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, to provide workplace protections against pregnancy discrimination and related medical conditions, Secs. 25-15-1 to 25-15-7, inclusive, added; Secs. 25-2-2, 25-2-7 am'd.
HB320
State employees, cost-of-living increase for fiscal year beginning October 1, 2020.
HB307
Elder abuse, require redaction of contract information from court documents released to the public, to clarify that an elderly person of sound mind or body may hire legal counsel for representation, Sec. 38-9F-6 am'd.
HB306
Wrongful Incarceration, compensation, provided further, Secs. 29-2-156, 29-2-159 am'd.
HB292
Pistol permits, active member of U.S. Armed Forces and an honorably discharged veteran, issuance without payment of fee, Sec. 13A-11-75.1 am'd.
HB281
Income tax, historic structures, qualified rehabilitation, tax credits extended to 2029, admin. by Historical Commission, Secs. 40-9F-33, 40-9F-36 am'd.
HB266
Psychology Interjurisdictional Compact, established to authorize licensed psychologists to practice on a limited basis among compact member states
HB265
Psychology Professional Wellness Committee, established within Psychology Examiners board to provide intervention services to impaired licensed professionals, duties, immunity provided, Sec. 34-26-4 added
HB95
Taxation, HUB Worldwide, exempt from state, county and municipal sales and use taxes
HB57
Athletic Commission, sunset law review, continued until Oct 1, 2023.
HB56
Podiatry, State Board of, sunset law review, continued until Oct 1, 2025.
HB55
Genetic Counseling, State Board of, sunset law review, continued until Oct 1, 2025.
HB54
Athletic Trainers, Board of, sunset law review, continued until Oct 1, 2025.

HB416
Food trucks, license to sell alcoholic beverages for public consumption authorized in Class 1 municipalities, Sec. 28-3A-17.1 added.
HB384
Public health, Alabama Injection-Associated Infectious Disease Elimination Act. established

HB 487
Taxation, to increase the fee for recording certain mortgages, deeds of trust, contracts of conditional sale, or other instruments of like character and to modify rate and distribution of funds, Sec. 40-22-2 am'd.
HB 486
Voter registration, authorize registration same day as election, Sec. 17-3-50 am'd.
HB 476
Water Resources Act, coordination of plans relating to water allocation required, restrictions of use under certain conditions, award of conservation credits to certain consumers, Alabama Water Security and Conservation Act, Secs. 9-10B-31, 9-10B-32 added; Secs. 9-10B-2, 9-10B-3, 9-10B-20, 9-10B-22, 9-10B-23, 9-10B-24 am'd.
HB 474
Entertainment districts, allow wineries, distilleries, and breweries to sell alcohol for consumption within districts, revise qualifications for certain municipalities to establish, Sec. 28-3A-17.1 am'd.

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