Caroline McDonald Aderholt of Haleyville, whose appointment to the UM Board of Trustees runs through 2017, represents the Fourth Congressional District.
Aderholt graduated from Birmingham-Southern College with a double major in political science and business management in 1990. While at Birmingham-Southern, she became active in the Student Government Association, serving as SGA president her senior year. Also at Southern, she served as vice president of her sorority (AOPi) and was a member of the Student Judiciary.
Immediately after graduation, she managed her father’s 1990 bid for U.S. Congress from the Fifth Congressional District of Alabama.
In January 1991, Aderholt joined the Metropolitan Development Board in Birmingham. The Metropolitan Development Board is the economic development agency for the five-county area surrounding Birmingham. While at the MDB, she served as director of medical economic development. There she was responsible for marketing Birmingham’s growing medical and research assets to prospective companies.
In 1992, she served as a George H. W. Bush delegate to the Republican National Convention in Houston, Texas. She later attended two additional National Republican Conventions and served as an alternate delegate for George W. Bush to the 2004 convention in New York City.
In 1994, she married Robert Aderholt of Haleyville and moved to his hometown while continuing her career and political work. In 1995, she served as a consultant for both the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama and the Business Council of Alabama. From 1996 until 2005, she has served on the Alabama State Republican Party’s executive committee.
Politics became her prominent activity when her husband, Robert, ran for the U.S. Congress in 1996 for the Fourth Congressional District of Alabama. Robert was elected in November 1996 and began serving in January 1997.
Caroline Aderholt now divides her time between Alabama’s Fourth Congressional District and Washington, D.C., where she is active in the Republican Spouses Club, The Congressional Club and the International Club.