Mrs. Sonya Yvette McKinstry was born and raised in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Her parents are Julia and Frederick Harris, and Sidney and Doris Simmons. Mrs. McKinstry is a product of the Tuscaloosa City School System. She is co-owner of McKinstry Banquet Hall and also an event planner. She is currently employed with the Administrative Office of Courts, where she has been a Judicial Assistant for over 12 years. She is a member of Beulah Missionary Baptist Church in Tuscaloosa, where she serves on numerous auxiliaries. She has been a strong advocate for her district in the past and looks forward to serving her first term. She is married to Darryl McKinstry, and they have six children and three grandchildren.