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Birth Place: Grand Canyon, AZ, United States
Residence: Birmingham, AL
Religion: Southern Baptist
Penny Bailey was born in Grand Canyon, Ariz., and grew up in Leeds, Ala. She currently resides in Birmingham. She received a bachelor's degree in history from Samford University.
After graduation, Bailey was commissioned as an Air Force officer and worked at bases both in Europe and the United States. She was working at the Pentagon during the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Bailey retired from the military in 2007 with the rank of colonel after serving for 24 years. Her final assignment was in Utah at Hill Air Force Base, where she oversaw 4,000 people and a $4 billion budget as vice wing commander.
Bailey volunteers with military organizations. She worked in public relations for public schools in Clovis, N.M., after retiring from the military.
Bailey and her husband, Air Force Col. J.D. Bailey II, have three adult children.
Penny Bailey said she never considered getting involved in politics while working her way up to the rank of colonel in the Air Force _ the rules prohibited it. However, after her retirement she said she looked closely at what was going on in her heavily Republican 6th Congressional District in central Alabama.
She said that GOP Rep. Spencer Bachus didn't seem to be standing up for average people, but that she had no chance of winning as a Republican even though she considers herself a conservative who favors a strict interpretation of the Constitution. So, Bailey said, she signed on as a Democrat to provide Bachus his first opposition in the general election in 12 years.
As she campaigned, Bailey's husband, J.D. Bailey II, was serving as a colonel in the Air Force in Afghanistan during his third deployment to the Middle East. She said he had encouraged her to launch the long shot bid to unseat Bachus.
"We just believe in representative government, and we don't believe we are getting that now," said Bailey.
While Bailey has raised little money, she said she is not discouraged. Bailey garnered about 60 percent of the votes during her first-ever campaign in the 2012 primary and defeated attorney William Barnes for the Democratic nomination.
While federal reports show Bachus spent about $2.5 million through the primary season, in which he had GOP opposition, Bailey spent less than $16,000. She said most of her campaigning consists of speaking to people in civic clubs, churches and coffee shops.
Source: Associated Press
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