Representative Jim McClendon retired from his private practice upon beginning his first term in the Alabama Legislature in 2002. He is currently serving his third term.
He is married to the former El Tate of Arab and they live on the family farm in St. Clair Springs. Dr. McClendon did his undergraduate work at Birmingham Southern College and has his doctorate from the University of Houston. He served in the Navy Medical Service Corps in Viet Nam and afterwards taught clinical optometry at UAB. He was in private practice in Leeds and Moody.
He is a past president of the Alabama Optometric Association. He was a founding director of the Davis Lake Fire Department and serves on several committees at First United Methodist Church of Springville.
Dr. McClendon serves a Chairman of House Health Committee. He is also Chairman of Government Relations Subcommittee of the Standing Committee on State Government; he served as Chairman of the Ethics Committee during the 2010 Special Session on Ethics; serves on the Joint Prison Oversite Committee; is Chairman of the Hospital Committee of the State Health Coordinating Council; House Chair of the Redistricting Committee; and House Chair of the Health Insurance Exchange Study Commission.