District 5

Johnathan F. Austin, Council President – District 5 

Councilor-AustinJohnathan F. Austin serves as President of the Birmingham City Council. As the youngest person to hold the Council President position in Birmingham’s history, President Austin governs the largest municipality in the State of Alabama with a $420 million operating budget. President Austin was appointed to the City Council in 2008 and represents the communities and neighborhoods in District 5.

During his tenure on the City Council, President Austin has championed issues important to his constituency and to the residents of Birmingham as a whole. He spearheaded the efforts behind the passing of numerous city ordinances including the city’s Smoke Free Ordinance, which prohibits smoking in public facilities; the Booting/Towing Ordinance, which regulates predatory booting and towing practices; the changes in the city’s

Transportation Network Companies (TNC) ordinance, paving the way for Uber to begin operating in Birmingham; the Kelyvn Felder Ordinance, an ordinance to regulate, among other things, the operation of certain classes of liquor-­‐licensed establishments to reduce safety issues and the Texting While Driving Ban Ordinance, which prohibits the use of texting while operating a motor vehicle. President Austin’s efforts are also responsible for the expansion of food truck businesses in Birmingham.

President Austin is a Birmingham native and has always been a dedicated community servant. Prior to serving as a City Councilor, President Austin was president of the Central City neighborhood and Northside community associations. In December 2008, he was selected by the City Council to fill the unexpired term of the vacant District 5 seat. He successfully ran for re-­‐election in 2009.

President Austin is Chair of the Committee of the Whole, Administration/Technology Committee and is a member of the Economic Development, Budget and Finance  and Governmental Affairs Committees. He has consistently made increased access to technology a part of his civic platform.

As a founding member of the National Technology Adoption Advisory Council (NTAAC), he represents the interest of his constituents by generating a blueprint of broadband technology to drive workforce development, education, and economic growth. He is working to secure public and private sector funding to support sustainable broadband initiatives, within the City of Birmingham, and has secured more than $500,000 in federal funding for wireless internet in public housing communities. He also is a member of American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) and American Council of Young Political Leaders (ACYPL).

As the proud owner of two dogs – Zeus, a rescue dog and Remus, President Austin holds the issue of being a responsible pet owner close to heart. He works to raise the awareness for the need of humane treatment of animals and the importance of spaying or neutering.

President Austin is a proud honors graduate of Miles College. He graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Management.

For more information about President Austin, District 5 or to discuss scheduling arrangements, call 205.254.2679 or email johnathan.austin@birminghamal.gov.