Representative April Weaver’s roots run deep in House District 49. Sometime before the 1820 census, her 6th great grandfather, Revolutionary War solider and pioneer settler of Shelby County, David Lindsay moved to the area. Over the past 200 years, her family members, who have continued to live in Bibb and Shelby Counties have worked hard to strengthen and support our communities, something that April is still doing today.
April learned the value of hard work and perseverance from an early age. In 1973, her family lost everything when an F4 tornado destroyed their home. She watched the example of her parents working hard to rebuild and recover. As an only child, she had first-hand experience at serving others as she grew up working in her dad’s tractor business. She held her first job at age 16 and graduated from Bibb County High School with an advanced diploma. After high school, she moved to Tuscaloosa, worked as a retail manager while attended college and subsequently graduated in 1993 from the University of Alabama with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration (major: Marketing, minor: criminal justice). After graduation, she returned to Centreville where she worked as the Financial Director of Bibb Medical Center Home Health and the Public Relations Director of Bibb Medical Center. It didn’t take long for her to realize her desire to have a career in healthcare. She returned to college while working full time and earned a degree in nursing. After receiving her nursing degree, she held numerous clinical and operational positions at Bibb Medical Center before accepting a position at Brookwood Medical Center. At Brookwood, she quickly climbed the ranks, earning the position of Director of Public, Community & Government Relations. In this position, she had her first taste of politics by working on CON (Certificate of Need) projects for the facility and receiving an appointment to the SHCC (State Healthcare Coordinating Council) by Governor Bob Riley. In 2002, she moved to Shelby Baptist Medical Center where she worked as the Director of Business Development & Marketing, holding responsibility for strategic planning, physician relations and other duties as a member of the administrative team for the facility for the next 13 years. In 2006, while working full time and raising a family, she earned her MBA with a concentration in Healthcare Administration, later receiving a certification as a Legal Nurse Consultant. The same year, was elected as Chairman Emeritus for the Alabama Healthcare Public Relations and Marketing Society (AHPRMS), was chosen by the Birmingham Business Journal as one of their “Top 40 under 40” and was chosen as Alabama’s Young Career Woman of the Year. In 2010 and 2011, she earned the recognition of Baptist Health System Key Talent. Over the past decade, she has been very active in the community serving on numerous boards and committees. After the merger of Brookwood Baptist in 2016, she accepted the position of Direction of Operations where she served as a member of the facility’s administrative team, managing several clinical centers and product lines. She is currently devoting 100% of her time to focusing on legislative duties.
Rep. Weaver was first elected to the Alabama House of Representatives in 2010, winning a four-person race without a runoff in her first attempt at political office. As a public servant who is committed to her constituents, she has been a strong advocate for conservative businesses and voters in District 49. She was reelected to the House in 2014 and made Alabama history when she was appointed as the first female ever chosen to Chair the House Health Committee. That same year, she received national recognition when she was chosen by GOPAC as an Emerging Leader. During her legislative tenure, Rep Weaver has been a sponsor of numerous conservative bills, and a huge supporter of voters and businesses in her district. Representing a district that includes counties with three hospitals and almost 8500 healthcare workers, her healthcare advocacy and experience continue to be invaluable to the state and her district.
Representative Weaver and her husband, Dr. Darrel Weaver, continue to cultivate their roots. They currently live on a family farm that has been in her family for three generations and remain active members of the community. They are members of Pelham First Baptist Church.