Representative Joseph C. Mitchell, was first elected to the Alabama House of Representatives in 1994.
He was baptized at Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church, which was founded by his maternal grandparents. He is the spouse of Janetta Whitt-Mitchell.
He graduated from Mobile’s historic Central High School where his favorite courses were American Literature and Biology. He received a B.A. from Morehouse College, two graduate-level degrees from public institutions in Alabama and the Ph.D. from Texas A&M University.
Dr. Mitchell represents one of the most culturally diverse districts in Mobile distinguished by the inclusion of "Maysville" and "Down the Bay" - two of the oldest African American residential communities in the area. The district runs from "Midtown" to Theodore.
He is the founder of Alabama American Research and Education Associates, Inc.
He has published researcher in educational psychology, taught collegiate Behavioral Studies and Measurement and Evaluation and Psychological Testing, served as a Middle East and North Africa engineering consultant; and is an award-winning Jazz Music Educator and performing Jazz Musician. He specializes in playing flutes and also plays highland pipes, bassoons and saxophones.