Hoping to continue his pursuits in bringing reform to state government, State Rep. Dickie Drake announced last Thursday that he plans to run for the House District 45 seat, a seat he won in a 2011 special election following the death of his brother, State Rep. Owen Drake.
Under newly-drawn lines, House District 45 now includes portions of St. Clair and Jefferson counties and eastern Shelby County.
“If elected, I plan to continue working to implement the cost-saving measures and commonsense conservative reforms that taxpayers expect and citizens deserve,” Drake said. “As a proud Alabamian, I want a state government that is as worthy as the people it serves, and while we have made progress in that direction during the past few years, there is still work to be done. I’m ready to finish the job.”
Since joining the Legislature, Drake has been praised for passing important legislation that combats child abuse and neglect by broadening the groups and professions that are statutorily required to report suspected cases to authorities. It also created a new punishment for employers who discipline or penalize a worker for reporting suspected child abuse or neglect.
Drake was recently appointed as a member of the Alabama Job Creation and Military Stability Commission, which was created by the Legislature and designed to ensure military installations located within the state survive reviews by Congress and the executive branch.
Drake is a retired U.S. Air Force Master Sergeant with 42 years of military service. During his military career Drake served in Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm, Kosovo, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, and he flew 102 combat sorties with more than 500 hours of combat time.
He is currently the co-owner of Drake Lawn Maintenance, LLC.
Drake continues to play an active role in serving the Leeds community, serving and supporting numerous local groups and philanthropies. He served as the past president and is a current board member of the Leeds Historical Society. Other activities include serving as the past vice president of the Leeds Jaycees, charter member of the Leeds Exchange Club, past board member of the Leeds Chamber of Commerce, current member of the Lehigh Cement Citizens’ Advisory Board, and advisory board member of “3 Hots and a Cot,” a group dedicated to helping homeless veterans. Drake served as a youth baseball coach for 17 years.
Drake and his wife of 43 years, Anita, have two sons, Heath (Ashley) and Jared (Kellye), both of whom are military officers. They also have four grandchildren, Lexi, Jackson, Colin, and Addye. He is a member of Leeds Baptist Church.