Senator Richard Shelby was first elected to the Senate in 1986 with an unwavering commitment to Alabama.
He is ranking member of the Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee and a senior member of the Appropriations Committee. He also serves on the Committee on Rules and Administration and the Special Committee on Aging.
Senator Shelby firmly believes that a smaller government is more effective and was the leading Republican voice in opposing TARP and the auto bailouts. He has introduced a Balanced Budget amendment to the constitution in every Congress since his election to the U.S. Senate, and has been an advocate for eliminating corporate loopholes.
A proponent of responsible spending on meritorious projects, Senator Shelby believes that members of Congress are the most in tune with the needs of their constituents and has been prolific in fulfilling those needs in the state of Alabama.
As a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, he has fought to secure critical funding to help enhance and protect Alabama’s communities as well as construct state-of-the-art, world class facilities across the state that educate students in math, science and engineering.
Throughout his five terms as U.S. Senator for Alabama, Senator Shelby has been instrumental in steering billions of dollars in transportation funding to the state. In the highway reauthorization bill that was enacted in 1998, Senator Shelby included key provisions that changed the formula allocation to steer millions of additional dollars to Alabama and other rural states. Some transportation projects of note that have been funded due to Senator Shelby’s efforts include the Montgomery Outer Loop, Corridor X and the Northern Beltline.
Prior to his election in the United States Senate, Senator Shelby served four terms in the U.S. House of Representatives and eight years in the Alabama legislature. He is a fifth generation Alabamian and a graduate of the University of Alabama’s undergraduate and law programs.