Howell T. Heflin


Howell Heflin was born the son of a Methodist minister and grew up in northwest Alabama. He graduated from Birmingham Southern College and later from the University of Alabama Law School. He had a distinguished law career, then a second career as chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, and 16 years as a U.S. Senator.

During his years in the U.S. Senate, he developed a strong international reputation for his support of agriculture. He sponsored or supported legislation that helped sustain Alabama’s peanut industry and torebuild the cotton industry of the state. He was also instrumental in legislative changes that bolstered the state’s catfish and poultry industries. Senator Heflin was also instrumental in providing federal support for boll weevil eradication and brucellosis monitoring programs and development of farm-raised sources of fuel to supplement fossil fuels.

For his many years of service to Alabama agriculture, Senator Heflin was presented Distinguished Service Awards by the American Soybean Producers Association, National Peanut Producers Association, and the Alabama Poultry and Egg Association. He is a past winner of the American Farm Bureau Golden Plow Award, the Alabama Farmers Federation Eminent Service Award, and was named 1993 Man of the Year in Agriculture by “The Progressive Farmer” magazine.

Though retired from public office, Senator Howell T. Heflin remains a true friend of agriculture. He is married to the former Elizabeth Ann Carmichael and they have one son, Tom, who is an attorney in Tuscumbia.