Protecting the People's Money.
John McMillan is a Republican serving his second term as Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries. John is running for Treasurer of the State of Alabama to bring ethics, transparency, and common sense conservative principles back to the executive branch of state government. He has committed much of his life to serving the state of Alabama with the utmost integrity. John has served as a Baldwin County Commissioner, a member of the Alabama House of Representatives, Commissioner of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, and Commissioner of the Department of Agriculture and Industries.
John was born and raised in the rural community of Stockton, Alabama. He graduated from Baldwin County High School in Bay Minette where he met his high school sweetheart and wife of 50 years, Kathryn Turner. John graduated from Rhodes College where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics.
After college, John returned home to Stockton to work in his family’s saw mill for 20 years. During this time, John discovered his passion for public service. As a member of the Alabama House of Representatives, John was active in the passage of the Lid Bill constitutional amendment and Current Use legislation to protect private property rights for all Alabamians. John was very active as the Commissioner of Conservation and Natural Resources. Working with Governor Fob James, John was instrumental in setting up the Alabama Trust Fund, a trust established to invest revenues from offshore oil and gas production. As Commissioner of the Department of Agriculture and Industries, John used conservative business principles and common-sense solutions to transform the agency into an example of how state departments should be run. He accomplished this despite drastic cuts to the Department’s general fund appropriations.
In addition to his public service, John served as Executive Vice President of the Alabama Forestry Association, one of the state’s most premiere conservative organizations. John’s leadership carried the Alabama Forestry Association through some of the toughest tax-increase battles in the history of the state.
John has served as President of the Southern United States Trade Association, President of the Southern Association of State Departments of Agriculture, a member of the board of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture, a member of the board for the Republican Agriculture Commissioners Coalition, and Chairman of the Alabama Civil Justice Reform Committee. He is a lifetime member of the National Riflemen’s Association and an avid outdoorsman. He and his wife Kathryn have two sons and two grandchildren. They are members of Stockton Presbyterian Church.
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