During his tenure in the Florida Senate, Al was named the “Dean of the Florida Legislature,” recognizing his many years of service on behalf of the people of North Florida.
He worked to pass legislation as the Minority Leader of the Florida Senate from 2008 to 2010.
Al served as the Chairman of the Government Oversight & Accountability Committee, as well as the Chairman of the Environmental Preservation and Conservation Committee, and the Health and Life Insurance and General Insurance Regulation Committee.
Additionally, Al worked to protect local businesses in the North Florida community, serving as the Chairman of the Banking and Insurance Subcommittee and the Chairman of the Joint Legislative Auditing Committee.
In his final term, Al was elected Democratic leader of the Florida Senate.
Florida House of Representatives
During his time in the Florida House, Al served as the Majority Whip in 1986.
He also chaired the Natural Resources Committee, the Governmental Operations Committee, and was the Vice-Chairman of the General Governmental Appropriations Committee.
Honors and Awards
FAMU Interim Basketball Coach, 1976
Million Dollar Round Table Florida Insurance Agent of the Year, 1979
National Sales Achievement Award, 1977-present
FAMU Alumni National Alumni Outstanding Service Award, 1985
Florida Student Association, Legislator of the Year, 1985
Tallahassee Urban League Outstanding Community Leadership Award, 1985
Inducted into the Florida A & M University Sports Hall of Fame, 1989
Florida State University Distinguished Alumni Award, 1989
Florida A & M University Meritorious Award, 1989
Sierra Club Outstanding Legislative Service Award, 1990
Organized Fishermen of Florida Legislative Service Award, 1989-1990
Nature Conservancy Award for Environmental Leadership, 1990
The Florida Conference of Black State Legislators Award for Devoted and Invaluable Service as Chairman, 1992-1994
The Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers Award for Distinctive Leadership Skills and Dedication to Preservation of Justice in Florida, 1994
LRC Vision Award, 1995
Rosewood Award for Contribution and Dedication to the successful passage of the Rosewood Claims Bill, 1996
The Florida State University Leadership Award for Leadership and Support during the 1996 Legislative Session