VIVIAN DAVIS FIGURES
Senate Minority Leader
11 South Union Street
Montgomery, Alabama 36130
||P.O. Box 7985
Mobile, Alabama 36602
Phone: (251) 208-5480
Fax: (251) 208-5492
Service is the driving force behind Senator Vivian Davis Figures. The native Mobilian and the widow of the late Senator Michael A. Figures has spent her adult life helping others. “Service is an attribute I value in my private and public life,” says Senator Figures, a graduate of Williamson High School and the University of New Haven in Connecticut. She attended Jones School of Law in Montgomery, Alabama, a goal she placed on hold to meet the challenges of single motherhood. Senator Figures is a businesswoman and CEO of the Figures Legacy Education Foundation.
As a humanitarian and public servant, Senator Figures helped to organize and implement the Mobile County Foster Grandparents Program; the Homeless Coalition of Mobile; the Big Brothers, Big Sisters Program of Metropolitan Mobile; the Helping Schools Tag License Plate Campaign; and the Figures Legacy Education Foundation. She serves on and has served on many civic and charitable boards such as Habitat for Humanity, Prichard Boys and Girls Clubs, the Salvation Army, the Mobile Area Education Foundation and the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce. She has been recognized for dedicated community service by numerous organizations, agencies and professional groups.
She began her political career in 1984 when she ran as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in which capacity she has served for six consecutive times, 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, and 2004. In 1993, Ms. Figures was elected to a four-year term on the Mobile City Council, attaining the status of the “only council member in Mobile’s history to hold a perfect attendance record.” Due to the untimely death of her husband, Michael A. Figures, she was later elected in the 1997 general election by an 87% victory to the Alabama State Senate to serve the remainder of his term. The victory made her the first African-American woman to be elected to the Senate from Mobile County and the second one in the state of Alabama. Her husband was the first African-American from Mobile County to be elected to the post in 1978 and he was elected overwhelmingly by his Senate cohorts as President Pro Tempore in 1995. She was re-elected in 1998, 2002, 2006 and 2010.
In 2008, she became Alabama's first African American woman to become the Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate. Although this was her first statewide run for public office, she garnered 37 percent of the vote while President Barack Obama had 39 percent.
As Senator, she played a major role in helping to author legislation for school personnel background checks for both public and private schools to make children safer. Because of her sponsorship and passage of the Alabama Clean Indoor Act, she was awarded the National Tobacco Award from the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and the Outstanding Advocate Award from the American Heart Association. Senator Figures continues to work for a Smoke-Free Alabama.
Senator Figures is a member of Gulf Coast Christian Center, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., the Coalition of 100 Black Women, and the Alabama New South Coalition. She enjoys reading, cooking, golfing and traveling. She is the proud mother of three sons and one stepson, Jelani, Shomari, Akil, and Derrick.