Neil Rafferty

Alabama House of Representatives, District 54

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Neil will be the first openly gay man elected to the Alabama Legislature


Neil Rafferty is running for Alabama State House District 54. A native of Birmingham, Neil graduated from Birmingham’s John Carroll Catholic High School in 2003. His life of service for country and community began with his enlistment into the United States Marine Corps (USMC) as an infantry assaultman. Upon completion of his term of service in the USMC, he used his GI Bill benefits to earn a B.A. in political science and English from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB).

After graduating, Neil directed his effort to community through the practice of public health. Starting off as a volunteer at UAB’s 1917 Clinic, Neil eventually became the youth and community outreach coordinator at Birmingham AIDS Outreach (BAO). Neil currently serves as the Program Director for the Birmingham Comprehensive High Impact Prevention Project (B-CHIP), a CDC-funded initiative which seeks to address gaps in the care continuum through intensive collaboration with community members, partner nonprofits, state and county health departments, and health care providers to implement community-coordinated, evidence-based public health strategies.

Neil currently lives in Birmingham’s Crestwood North neighborhood with Michael Rudulph, his partner of fourteen years, their dog Khaleesi and two cats Ulysses and Sergeant.

Importance of Candidacy:

  • Neil will be the only gay man in the Alabama House of Representatives
  • Neil will be the second LGBTQ person ever elected to the Alabama House of Representatives

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