E. B. McClain
McClain received his bachelor's degree in chemistry from Miles College. McClain is in his fourth term in the Senate after serving two consecutive terms in the House of Representatives. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the University of Montevallo.
On May 29, 2008, McClain was named in a 50-count indictment by a federal grand jury on charges of conspiracy, mail fraud money laundering and bribery involving the Heritage to Hope Foundation operated by Birmingham minister Samuel Pettagrue. The defendants were convicted on 48 counts on January 21, 2009, after which McClain announced he would vacate his Senate seat. He was sentenced to serve 5 years and 10 months in federal prison, beginning June 30.
McClain is married to the former Eloise Sanders of Bessemer, and they have four children. They currently reside in Midfield.
- Blackledge, Brett (May 29, 2008) "State Sen. E.B. McClain indicted by federal grand jury." Birmingham News
- Gordon, Robert K. (January 21, 2009) "Birmingham jury needs only day to convict state Sen. E.B. McClain, Rev. Samuel Pettagrue on 48 counts." Birmingham News