Jay Love was elected to the Alabama Legislature in November of 2002 and is currently serving his second term in office. He holds the position of Minority Whip in the Alabama Republican Caucus leadership and serves as the Ranking Republican member of the important Government Finance and Appropriations budget-writing committee. He also serves on the House Constitution and Elections Committee.
Throughout his time in the office, Jay has enjoyed several legislative accomplishments. Because of his ability to work with Republicans and Democrats alike, Jay successfully convinced the Legislature to pass the first tax cuts enjoyed by Alabamians in more than 70 years. He continues to push for additional state tax cuts for Alabama's middle class families and small business owners.
Jay has also co-sponsored important legislation, such as the Unborn Victims of Violence Act, which protects unborn life from violent crime. In addition, he made national headlines by sponsoring legislation that would prevent minors from being exposed to violent or sexually explicit video games.
Throughout his life, he has proved that he never runs away from a challenge and that he truly embodies the entrepreneurial spirit in which Alabama Republicans believe.
Opening his first Subway Sandwich shop in 1992, he eventually built the business into 16 Subway shops located in and around the Montgomery area. He sold his restaurants in 2006 and now operates a real estate investment company specializing in commercial real estate.
His commercial success resulted in the Montgomery Chamber of Commerce selecting him as one of the "Top 40 Under 40" business leaders in the area in 2001. The Auburn University Montgomery School of Business also selected him as its Outstanding Alumnus in 2006.
Jay and his wife, Cheri, have been married for 13 years and have four children - Rachel, Addison, Rebecca and Caroline. Active in his church, he serves as a Deacon at First Baptist in Montgomery and also holds a seat on the Finance Committee.
He is a graduate of Robert E. Lee High School and holds a degree in Finance from Auburn University Montgomery.