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.
Known contact information for Neil Rafferty from Birmingham, AL.
- 11 South Union Street, Suite 539-EMontgomery, AL 36104
- Phone: 334-261-0543
- Official Email: [email protected]
Known educational history for Neil Rafferty from Birmingham, AL.
- BA, English/Political Science, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 2005-2010
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
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
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
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