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Richard Laird
Member of the Alabama House of Representatives from the 37th district
In office
November 9, 1983 – November 5, 2014
Preceded by C. Howard Nevett
Succeeded by Bob Fincher
Member of the Alabama House of Representatives from the 61st district
In office
November 8, 1978 – November 9, 1983
Preceded by Monroe Smith
Succeeded by Bryant Melton
Personal details
Richard Joel Laird

(1939-07-04)July 4, 1939
Rome, Georgia, U.S.
Died December 14, 2020(2020-12-14) (aged 81)
Carrollton, Georgia, U.S.
Political party Independent (2013–2020)
Other political
Democratic (before 2013)

Richard Joel Laird, Sr. (July 4, 1939 – December 14, 2020) was an American politician who served in the Alabama House of Representatives from 1978 to 2014.


Laird was born in Floyd County, Georgia, and graduated from Handley High School in Roanoke, Alabama. He was a businessman in Roanoke, Alabama, and in Randolph County, Alabama. He served on the Roanoke City Council from 1972 to 1976.

He died from COVID-19 in Carrollton, Georgia, on December 14, 2020, at age 81, during the COVID-19 pandemic in Georgia (U.S. state).

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