District 6: Councilor Carole Smitherman

Birmingham City Hall
710 20th Street North
Birmingham, Alabama 35203-2216
Phone: 254-2359
Councilor Carole Smitherman

Carole Smitherman
Chairman Utilities Committee

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Carole C. Smitherman is a two-term incumbent on the Birmingham City Council. First elected in 2001, she was re-elected by an overwhelming majority in 2005, assuring that she will continue to represent District 6 through 2009. Immediately after the second election, her fellow Council members chose her to serve as President of the Council.

During the years she has served on the Council, she has demonstrated a commitment to Birmingham children and this city’s economic growth. She established an oratorical contest to motivate students to develop language proficiency. Also to her credit is a program called “Children of the Village,” founded to help students acquire skills that are necessary for success in life.

President Smitherman supported Strings For Kids to ensure that children in District 6 would have access to classical music training which has a positive effect on academic performance.

She initiated Economic Development Summits that involved a broad cross section of the community to ascertain important issues, concerns and challenges facing the small business and corporate sectors.

In 2004, President Smitherman was responsible for an historic moment that attracted national and international news media to Birmingham including the BBC, CNN, MSNBC The New York Times and The Washington Post. She invited her childhood friend U.S. Secretary of State Dr. Condoleezza Rice to return home to Birmingham and the invitation was accepted. Secretary Rice was the guest speaker at the Tragedy to Triumph program which honored the Four Little Girls killed in the 1963 church bombing.

President Smitherman is chairperson of the Administration/Budget and Finance Committee and is a member of the Economic Development and Education Committees.

An accomplished attorney with nearly 20 years experience in the law, Smitherman received her undergraduate degree in Political Science from Spelman College in Atlanta and her Juris Doctorate degree from Miles Law School where she graduated “No. 1” in her class. The first African-American woman to serve as a circuit court judge in Alabama, Smitherman has worked in numerous positions in the district attorney’s office and today operates a private practice with her husband, Alabama State Senator Rodger Smitherman.

The Smithermans have five children. For more information concerning Council President Smitherman or to discuss scheduling arrangements, call Administrative Assistant Alice Williams at 254-2359.