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Gerald Dial has been serving his community, his country and his state for most of his adult life. Growing up in Delta, Alabama, he learned about hard work and the values that are held dear in rural Alabama. Gerald is a graduate of Lineville High School and has received degrees from Livingston University and Jacksonville University.
Shortly after graduating from high school, Senator Dial attended basic training for the United States Army and became a member of the Alabama National Guard. In 1961, he married Faye Bonner Dial. Mrs. Dial is a retired schoolteacher and counselor and has earned a degree from Livingston University and a Master's Degree from Jacksonville University. Mrs. Dial is active in assisting young people with planning their future. She has helped untold numbers receive assistance so they can continue their education. Both Mrs. Dial and Gerald have spent their lives helping others.
Gerald Dial’s military career spans nearly 37 years. At the time of his retirement in 1997, he had achieved the post of Assistant Adjutant General of the Alabama National Guard. General Dial has attended the Alabama Military Academy and the Engineering Officers Basic Course. In 1968, he became a United States Army Ranger. Throughout his military career, he has served in various capacities and attended numerous advanced training courses.
An Experienced Public Servant
In 1972, Senator Dial decided to give back to his community and served two years on the Lineville City Council in addition to his military service. He was elected in 1974 to the Alabama House of Representatives and was elected to the Senate in 1983. Senator Dial was a consistent voice of reason in the Alabama State Senate during his time there.
During his time as a lawmaker, Senator Dial served as chairman of various committees and has received numerous awards and accolades for his service. He has been recognized as a pro-business, pro-jobs legislator, and his record is one of job creation, economic development, and protection of working families and seniors. He also led the fight for education reform. One of his greatest achievements was being the lead senator in the successful effort to reform tort laws in Alabama, which helped businesses grow and hire more people without the fear of frivolous lawsuits.
Gerald Dial’s service goes beyond just Montgomery because he has been serving East Alabama for decades on a number of public boards and committees. He currently serves on the Troy University Board of Trustees, the Alabama Soil and Water Conservation Board, and is Chairman of the International Motor Sports Hall of Fame Commission and Chairman of the Southern Union Foundation Board.
A Teacher and Entrepreneur
In his private life, Mr. Dial has been both a teacher and coach at Lineville High School. Currently and for the past few decades, Gerald has been a small business owner and a real estate developer. In March 2007, he was appointed by Governor Bob Riley to serve as the Executive Director of the Alabama Rural Action Commission, a post he held until May of this year. While at ARAC, Mr. Dial helped secure grants for infrastructure improvements, rural broadband initiatives, and community development.
Gerald Dial and Faye still live in Lineville just a short drive from where he grew up. They have two children, a daughter, Melanie, a graduate of Auburn University, and a son, Jason, a graduate of the University of Alabama and Jones School of Law. Mr. and Mrs. Dial are members of Lineville Baptist Church.