John M. Tyson, Jr. – Biographical Profile and Positions on the Issues

Previous Candidate for Attorney General, Alabama

Alabama Democratic Party
PO Box 180142Mobile, AL 36618
General (political statement of goals, objectives, views, philosophies)

I am running for Attorney General because we can't wait any longer to save lives and property. We must fight back against crime and we must do it where it happens--in our local communities.

As Attorney General, I will continue these initiatives and put all the resources of my office to work helping citizens and local law enforcement defeat crime.

Personal (gender, age, marital status, spouse's name and age, children's name and ages, home town, current residence)

Married 30 years, two daughters

Education (times and places of schools, colleges, major, degrees, activities, sports)

Juris Doctor, University of Alabama 1978

Bachelor of Arts, University of South Alabama 1974

President of Student Government Association at University of South Alabama 1973-1974

Murphy High School 1970

Profession (professional and work experience outside politics)

District Attorney, 13th Judicial Circuit, Mobile County, Alabama 1994 to present

Attorney and Partner, Tyson & Tyson, Mobile, Alabama 1978-1994

Adjunct Assist Professor, Law of Public Education, Department of Educational Leadership & Foundations, College of Education, University of South Alabama 1991-1993

Faculty, National College of District Attorneys

Civic (past and present organizations, charities involvement)

Board Chairman, Secret Safe Place For Newborns, Inc.

Former Board Member, Contact Mobile, Inc.

Former Board Member, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Mobile, Inc.

Former Board Member, Family Counseling Center of Mobile

Board Member, South Alabama Medical Science Foundation

Board Member, Penelope House

Former Board Member, Child Advocacy Center

Board Member, Volunteers of America South Alabama, Inc.

Chairman, Justice Division 1996 United Way of Southwest Alabama, Inc. Campaign

Former Board Member, Alabama Association of School Boards

Former Board Member, Mobile Bay Area Partnership for Youth

Former Board Member, South Alabama Institute

Former Board Member and President, University of South Alabama National Alumni Association. Member, Alabama Bar Association

Member, Mobile Bar Association

Accomplishments (significant accomplishments, awards, achievements)

John Tyson, Jr. was named 2004 District Attorney of the Year by the Alabama District Attorney's Association.

John Tyson, Jr. was invited to present information about his "Make The Right Choice" program to the Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice, a coalition of senior policy makers from a dozen federal agencies.

John's "Make The Right Choice" program was named a best practice by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for work with a Section 8 housing development.

John's "Make The Right Choice" program received a Director's Community Leadership Award from the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Invited presentations about "Make The Right Choice" were made to the National Advocacy Council's Leadership Summit in South Carolina and to the National Truancy Summit in Rhode Island.

PROTECTING NEWBORNS: John's Secret Safe Place For Newborns program was featured in the book "50 Strategies to Prevent Violent Domestic Crimes" published by the National Crime Prevention Council.

Alabama named Secret Safe Place for Newborns its 2002 winner of its Innovations Award, an honor bestowed by the state's child advocacy and social services agencies.

Secret Safe Place for Newborns was named a finalist in the prestigious Innovations in American Government Award program sponsored by the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

VICTIM SERVICES: The Mobile County District Attorney's Office received a grant from the Office for Victims to Crime to establish a national demonstration site for the "Good Samaritans" program developed by John Tyson.

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