Senator Quinton T. Ross, Jr. is one of seven African Americans in the Alabama State Senate. First elected to the Alabama State Senate on November 5, 2002, he is now serving his third term.
Senator Ross is the current Vice Chairman of the Education policy committee. In addition, he sits on the following committees: Commerce, Transportation and Utilities, Tourism and Marketing, Veterans and Military Affairs. Senator Ross is an established legislative leader and an unwavering advocate for public education, issues dealing with child safety and the general welfare of all Alabamians. He has distinguished himself as a rising star in the Alabama State Senate.
Adding to his political credentials, Senator Ross was a Statewide Field Representative for the Alabama Democratic Party and the Alabama Democratic Conference for a number of years. Hehas held key positions in numerous political campaigns. He served on the State Advisory Committee for Presidential Candidate, U.S. Senator Barack Obama.
In addition to his tenure in state government, Senator Ross is a career educator. He is currently the Director of the Adult Education Division at H. Council Trenholm State Technical College. Prior to this, he was Principal of Booker T. Washington Magnet High School. As an educator, Ross has made it his mission to be community advocates for public education and to helping children grasp the light of knowledge through embracing diversity. Senator Ross continues to serve as a speaker for the Alabama State University Student Teacher Laboratory Experience Seminar as well as a motivational speaker and mentor to college students aspiring to pursue careers in education and public service.
Born in Mobile, Alabama and reared in Pontiac, Michigan, Senator Ross has been a resident of Montgomery, Alabama for over two decades. In 1992, Senator Ross graduated from Alabama State University in Montgomery, Alabama, where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science. Soon after, he earned a Master of Arts Degree in Education. He received his Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership, Policy and Law from Alabama State University on December 11, 2010.
Senator Ross has received numerous awards and recognition. During his teaching career, Ross was recognized as Teacher of the Year. He has been featured in many publications such as the Montgomery Advertiser, the Alabama School Journal and the Hornet Tribune as an “Up and Coming Administrator.” In addition, state and local news programs spotlighting schools in Alabama recognized Senator Ross for his commitment to equity and quality in education. He received the Education Excellence Award from the Montgomery County Democratic Conference of Young Democrats (2000), was awarded the Southern Leadership Conference Man of Distinction (2000), recognized by Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Omega Iota Iota Chapter’s Citizen of the Year (2001), received The Montgomery Advertiser King Spirit Award (2003), the 2005 K.E.E.P. Productions Fashion Extravaganza Young Legend Award, and the 2005 Daring to Make a Difference Community Service Award (2005). Ross received the Alabama School Board Association’s Power of One Award (2009). Senator Ross is also a member of numerous organizations such as, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc, 100 Black Men, Inc., Alabama Education Association, and Phi Delta Kappa. Senator Ross is a member of Hutchinson Missionary Baptist Church.
Among his many notable accomplishments, Senator Ross is a loving husband and father of two sons.