Albert “Al” Billingsly and Lisa Brantley have been married since May 1983. They moved to Lynchburg in July of 1986. They have two children Amy & Wesley.
Al was born and raised in Kansas, the oldest of seven children. In May of 1981 he received a bachelor’s degree in Engineering Technology from the University of Memphis. His first job out of college was with General Electric as a Nuclear Field Engineer. Additionally, he has worked for General Electric Medical and Westinghouse Integrated Logistics and Services Division before accepting a position with Babcock & Wilcox as an engineer in 1986. Currently, Al is an independent Life & Health insurance agent.
Al has volunteered with sports activities such as youth T-ball, baseball, and in various positions in swim meets (such as starter, timer, stroke & turn judge). The swim team involvement extended past summer into high school swimming and USA swimming (through the YMCA).
In July of 2004, Al was appointed to serve on the Lynchburg City School Board for three years. That appointment was renewed twice for a total of nine years on the Lynchburg City School Board ending in 2013. While on the school board he was also appointed to the Central Virginia Governor’s School for Science and Technology governing board for all nine years.
During his tenure on the school board, he was also on several committees including the Finance Committee, the Superintendent Search Committee, the Heritage High School Steering Committee and Task force, as well as others.
Most recently, Al has become a member of the Community Launch Team of Safe Families for Children which is part of Patrick Henry Services. He is also on the board of CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates). In 2015 he completed the 12 week Citizen’s Academy with the City of Lynchburg.
In 2016, Al ran as an Independent candidate in a heated race for city council to represent Lynchburg’s 3rd Ward. Al was able to bring out a broad coalition of independents, Republicans, Democrats, and Libertarians together to bring common sense solutions and a mindset of service to the race.