MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - "I thought I was going to die, and that's extremely liberating to understand you only have a certain amount of time on God's earth and use the talents he gives you," Pittman said.
Pittman won a state Senate seat just months later, and since then, here has helped craft state budgets as both the Senate education and general fund Chair.
Pittman supports limited government on the national level.
Pittman is known for taking strong stances on issues on a philosophical basis. This year he was the only senator to vote against the Autism Insurance Bill on the grounds it created a mandate and an extra cost on the state where it didn't have the revenue.
Pittman expands that to shrinking state government, cutting bureaucracy and the budget. Pittman said he wants the government to get off the back of responsible individuals and cut programs he said are rewarding able-bodied citizens who are not taking care of themselves.
"Government is not what makes us great," Pittman said. "It's individual initiative as the individuals you go to work every day and take care of themselves and their families."
He also said it would be an honor to be elected but "there is a tremendous responsibility. This critical time in our history to go to Washington and put the light of day in Washington D.C."
Pittman also expressed displeasure with sitting Sen. Luther Strange. He said it was wrong for the former attorney general to solicit the Senate position while his office was supposed to be investigating former Gov. Robert Bentley.
Pittman said he would go up to Washington to "drain the swamp" and not "lay in it" like Strange.