As a mom, Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh will move our state forward and make it a brighter place for our children and grandchildren. She will lead the charge to restore our state’s image and elevate Alabama into a land of opportunity for generations to come.
Since January, Twinkle has traveled over 20,000 miles on her personal vehicle while meeting, speaking with, and listening to thousands of Alabamians. She strongly believes that Alabama’s brightest days are ahead and is firmly committed to bringing this positive vision to fruition. With a strong team and a lot of hard work, together, we will Make Alabama Shine!
Twinkle is now serving the people of Alabama as President of the Public Service Commission. She was first elected to the position of Associate Commissioner in 2010, and in 2012 she defeated the last statewide-elected Democrat to earn the seat she currently occupies as President of the Commission.
Since casting her first vote for Ronald Reagan in 1984, Twinkle has embraced the principles of smaller government and fiscal responsibility. Twinkle brought these principles to the PSC where she led by example, cutting staff by 38% without firing anyone, reducing the number of state cars by 59%, turning down a state car for herself, and shrinking her office space by 2/3. Over the past 6 years she has “rightsized” the PSC and reduced overall spending by 30%. This has saved the taxpayers over $50 million and will continue to save our state over $10 million annually. This year, the PSC returned a record $13 million to the general fund.
Twinkle brings to the Public Service Commission a diverse background in public service, conservative policy-making, and small business. She served in the Governor’s cabinet as Senior Advisor and also developed extensive experience in dealing with national issues while working for former Congressman Sonny Callahan. A deep-rooted commitment to conservative causes and policy is prevalent throughout Twinkle’s work experience. She worked at the Republican National Committee in Washington, D.C. and was elected as the first female Chairman of the Alabama Republican Party in 2005.
Twinkle also served as the State Director of Citizens for a Sound Economy (CSE), a national organization promoting lower taxes for American families. At CSE, she worked to push President George W. Bush’s tax cuts through Congress. Having owned several small businesses, Twinkle is pro-jobs and understands the challenges facing small businesses and Alabama families.
Twinkle’s campaign slogans included “Jobs, Jobs, Jobs” and “Fighting for Us”, which are indicative of her priorities in public service. She remains committed to growing jobs and recruiting new industry. Twinkle is a vocal advocate for agriculture and understands its importance, as her grandparents were all farmers. Twinkle will always fight for our conservative way of life here in Alabama.
Twinkle’s greatest treasure is her family. She was raised by her two loving parents. A graduate of Auburn University, Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh is married to Jeff Cavanaugh, a veterinarian. They have three children and two grandchildren. The Cavanaughs are active members of First Baptist Church in Montgomery, where they teach Sunday School and Jeff serves as a Deacon.