Tommy Battle was elected Mayor of Huntsville by an overwhelming margin in 2008 in the midst of the nation’s most challenging economic recession. Under his leadership the City emerged in an enviable position of economic stability and growth potential that earned it national and international acclaim.
Huntsville’s recession-era performance has been recognized by Bloomberg, USA Today, Forbes, CNN, Money Magazine, NBC, FOX, Moody’s, The Wall Street Journal, and Milken Institute. Kiplinger’s Personal Finance named the City No. l in America in 2009, and “Relocate America” repeated the honor in 2010, applauding Huntsville for receiving AAA ratings from both Standard and Poor’s and Moody’s. The City was recently awarded both AAA ratings again for 2011.
When crippling snowstorms and violent tornadoes struck Huntsville in early 2011, Mayor Battle united an unprecedented teamwork of emergency responders to handle the aftermath. Their outstanding work garnered more important recognition, this time by the Department of Energy and Homeland Security.
With his focus on Huntsville’s economic future, Mayor Battle is committed to his space, cyber and energy initiatives which aggressively work to unite the City’s rich intellectual capital with new opportunities. Further, the Mayor recently rolled out plans to reshape the City’s urban planning department that will positively shape future growth and development.
Tommy Battle was born in Birmingham in 1955. He moved to Huntsville in 1980 after receiving a business degree from the University of Alabama, and four years later was elected to the Huntsville City Council. His successful career as an entrepreneur and businessman, along with nearly 30 years of community service, effectively prepared him for the demanding role as the City’s chief executive officer, recruiter, and champion of its future.
The Mayor is married to the former Eula Sammons, a retired kindergarten teacher in the county schools. They have one son, Andrew.