Birthdate: Sept. 23, 1942
Birth Place: Pittsburgh, PA, United States
Residence: Johnson City, TN
Alan Woodruff was born in Pittsburgh, but his family history in northeast Tennessee dates back more than 200 years. His great-great-great-great grandfather founded Washington College Academy in Limestone. Woodruff currently resides in Johnson City. He received bachelor's and master's degrees from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and also holds a master's degree in law from the University of Washington, a law degree from Florida State University and a doctorate from Harvard University.
Woodruff says he retired from his law practice after spending 20 years specializing in taxation, business planning and benefits for closely held corporations. He consulted on economics, finance and operations with the Departments of Defense and Education, the World Bank, Ford Foundation and dozens of state and local government agencies.
According to his campaign website, Woodruff founded Gordian Securities investment firm and Institutional Development Associates Inc., a consulting firm, and has written more than a hundred books, three of them novels.
Woodruff, who is divorced, describes himself as a political junkie who reads pending legislation and policy evaluation studies.
Alan Woodruff was an attorney for political parties before deciding to make his first run for elected office. A Democrat, he is challenging Republican Rep. Phil Roe for Tennessee's 1st Congressional District.
Tax policy is his top issue, according to his campaign website. He proposes to increase tax revenue by overhauling the corporate and personal income tax system and eliminating special interest deductions and tax credits, cutting tax rates for corporations and low- and middle-income taxpayers and raising tax rates for wealthy individuals. He also favors a small transaction tax on selling stocks and bonds.
Woodruff also supports publicly funded federal campaigns, expanded vocational-technical education in high schools, more federal loans and grants for higher education and changes to the Affordable Care Act that would provide basic care for all and require individuals who want more comprehensive care to pay for it.
Woodruff believes schools need to be governed under local control so they can best accommodate the communities that they serve. He says there should be more vocational-technical education in schools.
He supports abortion rights and gay marriage and says the federal government should not be allowed to infringe on Americans' personal lives.
The Woodruff campaign told the Federal Elections Commission in mid-July that it had raised just over $17,000 in campaign contributions, all but about $1,000 from the candidate.
Source: Associated Press