Hometown: Leeds, AL

Who is Penny Bailey?

Why is Penny Bailey Running for Alabama’s 6th Congressional District?

It’s about leadership! Not only is that my opinion about what is most needed in Washington D.C., but it is what I hear a lot of Americans saying these days. We are frustrated with the bickering going on between our political parties and the lack of team work from virtually anyone in office.

Our leaders should be held to a higher standard. They are supposed to be “servant leaders”. What does that mean? It means they are supposed to serve others first. In order to serve others, you need to care about them more than yourself. To achieve this, you have to know those you serve. Then, you lead. A leader gathers facts concerning the issues they face; makes decisions based on the betterment of those they lead; communicate clearly with others; and finally be accountable! While serving 24 years on active duty in the Air Force, I lived up to and taught our core values:

If allowed to serve the people of Alabama’s Congressional District 6, I will proudly take these values to Washington D.C. and be the voice of leadership you expect me to be!


Excellence in all you do

Service before Self


Penny graduated from Samford University with a history major and a Political science minor. While attending Samford, she joined the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) and met JD Bailey II, a Birmingham Southern ROTC student. They were married in 1981, upon graduation from college, both JD and Penny were Commissioned as 2nd Lieutenants in the United States Air Force.

While in the Air Force, Penny served overseas in Belgium, Great Britain, and Germany. Her state-side assignments included being stationed in North Dakota, Nebraska, Alabama, Florida, Utah, and Washington, D. C. Both she and her husband were serving at the Pentagon during the September 11th attack on our country. Penny was an Executive Support Officer for seven 4-star Generals; three were Chairmen the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Penny retired as a Colonel from the Air Force after serving twenty-four honorable years. Her last assignment was as Vice Wing Commander at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. She was responsible for 4,000 people and a budget of $4 billion. Her husband is still on active duty and will soon be deployed to Afghanistan for a third time.

 They have three adult children; two are in college attending Birmingham-Southern College and Troy University. Their oldest daughter has a Social Work degree and Master’s in Counseling.

Her major awards and decorations include:

  • Legion of Merit with one oak leaf cluster

  • Defense Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters

  • Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters

  • Joint Service Commendation Medal

  • Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters

  • Joint Service Achievement Medal

  • Air Force Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters

Colonel Bailey’s decision to enter the political arena for the first time is based on her strong belief that the political process isn’t about one particular party, but rather what’s right for America! She wants to protect the freedoms of every American granted by the constitution. Colonel Bailey believes Americans deserve better than partisan politics. They deserve to have elected officials that are truly representatives of the people. Penny pledges to carry your voice with her to Washington D.C. in November and work to ensure a better America and Alabama for us all!


Paid for by The Committee for Bailey for Congress