Senator Shelnutt was born on September 21, 1967. He grew up in Pinson, Alabama and graduated with honors from Pinson Valley High School in 1986 where he played football, basketball, golf, and was Senior Class President. After High School, Shay attended the University of Montevallo on an Academic and Golf Scholarship. He graduated with a Business/Finance degree in 1990 as an Academic All American Athlete.
With Shay’s Master degree in Math Education, he taught and coached at Clay-Chalkville High School and Oneonta High School for a total of 10 years. Since 2006, Shay has been in Real Estate and served as an entrepreneur.
Shay is currently representing the 17th District of Alabama in the State Senate since the 2014 election. Senator Shelnutt is married to Paige Harwell Shelnutt and has 2 daughters, Lexie and Lacie. They are members of Palmerdale United Methodist Church since 2000.