This article needs additional citations for verification. (March 2018) (Learn how and when to remove this template message)
|37th Auditor of Alabama|
January 18, 1999 – January 20, 2003
|Preceded by||Pat Duncan|
|Succeeded by||Beth Chapman|
|Born||September 30, 1955|
Eva, Alabama, U.S.
|Education||Calhoun Community College|
Athens State University (BS)
University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa (MA, PhD)
Parker received an AS from Calhoun Community College in 1975(a977), a BS from Athens State College and an MA from the University of Alabama in 1977, and a Ph.D.,
in Higher Education Administration of Higher Education from the University of Alabama in 1985. She completed a program of alternate studies at Memphis Theological Seminary in 2004
Parker was an Administrator, Calhoun Community College, 1972-1988, Chief Development Officer/Assistant to the President, Athens State College, 1988-1996, and President, Parker Plus Consulting, 1996-1998, Ordained as a minister by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, April, 2004, Interim President, Memphis Theological Seminary 2018-2019
In 2002 Parker was the first woman in Alabama to be nominated for a Senate seat when she defeated Julian L. McPhillips in the Democratic primary.  Commentators drew attention to the perceived sexism of McPhillips who questioned whether Parker was fit to consider family issues because she had no children of her own. She lost the general election to incumbent Republican Senator Jeff Sessions, winning 40% of votes against Sessions' 59%.
In 2003, she campaigned for Amendment 1 to the Alabama Constitution, a referendum which proposed, inter alia, new sources of funding for public education, a measure that was defeated at the polls. .
In 2006, she defeated former state Representative Perry O. Hooper, Jr., of Montgomery for the Place 2 position on the Alabama Public Service Commission. Though Hooper had defeated former state Senator John Amari of Trussville in the Republican primary, he lost to Parker in the general election.
She had been mentioned as a possible candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Alabama in the 2010 election, but declined and instead lost her reelection bid for the Public Service Commission to Republican Terry L. Dunn.
- Alabama Public Service Commission Archived 2007-02-08 at the Wayback Machine
- "Susan D. Parker's Biography". Vote Smart. Retrieved 16 September 2012.
- Allen Tullos (2011). Alabama Getaway: The Political Imaginary and the Heart of Dixie. University of Georgia Press. p. 168. ISBN 9780820339610.
- James C. Cobb (2011). The South and America Since World War II. Oxford University Press. p. 231. ISBN 9780195166514.
- Eleanor Clift; Tom Brazaitis (2016). Madam President, Revised Edition: Women Blazing the Leadership Trail. Routledge. pp. 248–249. ISBN 9781136705243.
- "Alabama Excellence Initiative Fund, Amendment 1". Ballotpedia. September 2003. Retrieved 2018-03-21.
- "SUSAN PARKER TO RUN FOR STATE PSC AGAIN". Deb Murphree/Alabama Politics. February 24, 2009.
- Brief Political Graveyard profile
- Commissioner Susan D. Parker at Project Vote Smart
- Alabama's 2000 DNC delegates
- Alabama's 2004 DNC delegates
| Auditor of Alabama
| Member of the Alabama Public Service Commission
|Party political offices|
| Democratic nominee for U.S. Senator from Alabama
|This article about an Alabama politician is a stub. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it.|