Representative Donnie Chesteen was born in Andalusia, AL, and grew up in Hartford. His father JD was a teacher and football in the Geneva County School system., and mother Myra worked at Wiregrass Electric Coop for 34 years. Donnie graduated from Geneva County High School before moving on to Troy University where he majored in Physical Education. Donnie credits his parents and family life for instilling the values that have been the guiding principles of his life. Education, hard work, dedication and loyalty are what makes a man successful, and these are the values that Donnie carries with him every day as a legislator, and will carry as your state senator.
He was a teacher and football coach at Geneva High School before moving on to be a successful medical sales professional with MeadJohnson, A Bristol-Myers Squibb Company. After taking the opportunity of an early retirement, Donnie returned to Geneva to once again be a teacher and football coach. Donnie is the third of four generations of educators in his family. His sister Gail Justice is a retired elementary school teacher in Hartford.
In 2010, Donnie ran for and won a seat in The Alabama House of Representatives, after winning The Republican nomination against two opponents without a run-off. He has distinguished himself in the Alabama House as a strong supporter of public education, economic development, agriculture and technology issues. He currently serves as Chairman of The Research and Technology Committee, as Vice Chair of The Agriculture Committee, a member of The Education Ways and Means Committee, The Alabama Renewal Commission via Department of Commerce, The Choc-Pea Watershed Management Authority, and The Alabama Farmers Federation. He is married to the former Stephanie Ward, and they have two children, Christopher, 35, and Roxanna, 33. They also have two granddaughters Grayce and Madison. Representative Chesteen is running for the Alabama Senate to continue his work as a strong advocate for The Wiregrass, for new and better jobs and to ensure our state’s future for his children and grandchildren – and yours!
Alabama Algribusiness Council Legislator of the Year (2017) (Irrigation Bill)
School Superintendents Legislator of the Year (2017) (WIRED)
Champions Award presented by The Business Council of Alabama (WIRED)