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Shelby voted against the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels.  He was one of five Republicans that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the Senate by a 89 - 8 vote on January 1, 2013.<ref>[http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=112&session=2&vote=00251 ''U.S. Senate'' "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.]</ref>
 
 
 
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{{Support vote}} Shelby voted for S.47 -- Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013. The bill was passed by the Senate on February 12, 2013, with a vote of 78 - 22. The purpose of the bill was to combat violence against women, from domestic violence to international trafficking in persons. All 22 dissenting votes were cast by Republicans.<ref>[https://votesmart.org/bill/votes/42501#.UkRXCD_TCgQ ''Project Vote Smart,'' "S 47 - Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 - Voting Record," accessed September 25, 2013]</ref>
 
{{Support vote}} Shelby voted for S.47 -- Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013. The bill was passed by the Senate on February 12, 2013, with a vote of 78 - 22. The purpose of the bill was to combat violence against women, from domestic violence to international trafficking in persons. All 22 dissenting votes were cast by Republicans.<ref>[https://votesmart.org/bill/votes/42501#.UkRXCD_TCgQ ''Project Vote Smart,'' "S 47 - Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 - Voting Record," accessed September 25, 2013]</ref>
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Shelby voted against the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels.  He was one of five Republicans that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the Senate by a 89 - 8 vote on January 1, 2013.<ref>[http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=112&session=2&vote=00251 ''U.S. Senate'' "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.]</ref>
  
 
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Richard Shelby
Richard Shelby.JPG
U.S. Senate, Alabama
Incumbent
In office
1987-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2017
Years in position 27
PartyRepublican
PredecessorJeremiah Denton (R)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedNovember 4, 1986
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Campaign $$17,860,313
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
U.S. House of Representatives
1979-1987
Alabama State Senate
1970-1978
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Alabama 1957
OtherLLB, University of Alabama School of Law, 1963
Personal
BirthdayMay 6, 1934
Place of birthBirmingham, AL
ProfessionAttorney
Net worth$7,931,023
ReligionPresbyterian
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Richard Shelby (b. May 6, 1934, in Birmingham, Alabama) is a Republican member of the U.S. Senate from the state of Alabama. Shelby was first elected to the Senate in 1986.

Shelby most recently won re-election in 2010. He defeated William Barnes (D) in the general election.

Shelby began his political career by serving in the Alabama State Senate from 1970 to 1978. He was then elected to the U.S. House in 1978 and served in that position until his election to the Senate in 1986.

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Shelby is an average Republican member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Republican Party on the majority of bills.

Biography

Shelby was born in Birmingham, Alabama. He graduated from the University of Alabama in 1957 and then received his LLB in 1963. He then worked as city prosecutor for Tuscaloosa until he began his public service as a member of the Alabama State Senate in 1970. After the state senate, he joined the United States House of Representatives and has served in the U.S. Senate since 1987.

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Shelby's academic, professional and political career:[1]

  • 1957: Graduated from University of Alabama
  • 1963: Graduated from University of Alabama School of Law
  • 1963-1971: City prosecutor, Tuscaloosa
  • 1966-1970: United States Commissioner, Northern District of Alabama
  • 1970-1978: Alabama State Senate
  • 1979-1987: U.S. House of Representatives
  • 1987-Present: U.S. Senator from Alabama
  • 1994: Switched from Democratic to Republican

Committee assignments

U.S. Senate

2013-2014

Shelby serves on the following committees in the 113th Congress:[2]

  • Appropriations
    • Subcommittee on Transportation and Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies
    • Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs
    • Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies
    • Subcommittee on Legislative Branch
    • Subcommittee on Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies
    • Subcommittee on Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies
    • Subcommittee on Department of Homeland
    • Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government Members
    • Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development
    • Subcommittee on Department of Defense
    • Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies
    • Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies
  • Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
    • Subcommittee on Securities, Insurance and Investment
    • Subcommittee on Housing, Transportation and Community Development
  • Rules and Administration

2011-2012

  • Appropriations
    • Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies
    • Subcommittee on Defense
    • Subcommittee on Energy And Water Development
    • Subcommittee on Homeland Security
    • Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies, Ranking Member
    • Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies
  • Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, Ranking Member
  • Rules and Administration
  • Aging

Issues

Legislative actions

113th Congress

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The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1 percent) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[3] The Senate has confirmed 16,878 out of 19,009 executive nominations received thus far (88.8 percent). For more information pertaining to Shelby's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[4]

National security

John Brennan CIA nomination

Voted "No" Shelby voted against the confirmation of John Brennan as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. The nomination was confirmed by the Senate on March 7, 2013, with a vote of 63 - 34. Most Democrats supported the nomination, while Republicans were somewhat divided with roughly one-third supporting the nomination.[5]

Drones filibuster

See also: Rand Paul filibuster of John Brennan's CIA Nomination in March 2013

On March 6, 2013, Senator Rand Paul (R) led a 13-hour filibuster of President Obama's CIA Director nominee, John Brennan. Paul started the filibuster in order to highlight his concerns about the administration's drone policies. In particular, Paul said he was concerned about whether a drone could be used to kill an American citizen within the United States border, without any due process involved. Paul and other civil liberties activists criticized President Obama for not offering a clear response to the question. A total of 14 senators joined Paul in the filibuster -- 13 Republicans and one Democrat.[6][7][8]

According to the website Breitbart, Shelby was one of 30 Republican senators who did not support the filibuster.[9][10]

The day after the filibuster, Attorney General Eric Holder sent a letter to Paul, responding to the filibuster. Holder wrote, "Does the president have the authority to use a weaponized drone to kill an American not engaged in combat on U.S. soil? The answer to that is no."[11]

Economy

No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013

Voted "Yes" Shelby voted for H.R.325 -- No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013. The bill passed the Senate on January 31, 2013, with a vote of 64 - 34. The purpose of the bill was to temporarily suspended the debt ceiling and withhold the pay of members of Congress until a budget could be passed. The vote largely followed party lines with Democrats overwhelmingly supporting it and many Republicans in opposition to the bill.[12]

Immigration

Completion of fence along Mexico border

Neutral/Abstain Shelby did not vote on Senate Amendment 1197 -- Requires the Completion of the Fence Along the United States-Mexico Border. The amendment was rejected by the Senate on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 39 - 54. The purpose of the amendment was to require the completion of 350 miles of fence described in the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 before registered provisional immigrant status may be granted. It would also require 700 miles of fence be completed before the status of registered provisional immigrants may be changed to permanent resident status. The vote followed party lines.[13]

Social Issues

Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013

Voted "Yes" Shelby voted for S.47 -- Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013. The bill was passed by the Senate on February 12, 2013, with a vote of 78 - 22. The purpose of the bill was to combat violence against women, from domestic violence to international trafficking in persons. All 22 dissenting votes were cast by Republicans.[14]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "No" Shelby voted against the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was one of five Republicans that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the Senate by a 89 - 8 vote on January 1, 2013.[15]

Earmarks

A Washington Post investigation in February 2012 revealed that 33 members of Congress helped direct more than $300 million in earmarks to public projects in close proximity to commercial and residential real estate owned by the lawmakers or their family members.[16] According to the report, Shelby has earmarked more than $100 million toward rebuilding downtown Tuscaloosa, Alabama, where he owns an office building. The street in front of the building will be redone as part of phase two of the project.[17]

Elections

2010

On November 2, 2010, Richard Shelby won re-election to the United States Senate. He defeated William Barnes (D) in the general election.[18]

U.S. Senate, Alabama General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRichard Shelby incumbent 65.2% 968,181
     Democratic William Barnes 34.7% 515,619
     N/A Write-in 0.1% 1,699
Total Votes 1,485,499

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Shelby is available dating back to 2004. Based on available campaign finance records, Shelby raised a total of $17,860,313 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 25, 2013.[23]

Richard Shelby's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2010 US Senate (Alabama) Won $8,557,473
2004 US Senate (Alabama) Won $9,302,840
Grand Total Raised $17,860,313

2010

Breakdown of the source of Shelby's campaign funds before the 2010 election.

Shelby won re-election to the U.S. Senate in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Shelby's campaign committee raised a total of $8,557,473 and spent $2,647,169.[24]

His top 5 contributors between 2005-2010 were:

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Shelby is a "rank-and-file Republican" as of June 2013.[25]

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[26]

Shelby most often votes with:

Shelby least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Shelby missed 168 of 8,797 roll call votes from January 1987 to March 2013. This amounts to 1.9%, which is worse than the median of 1.7% among current senators as of March 2013.[27]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Shelby paid his congressional staff a total of $1,610,938 in 2011. He ranked 6th on the list of the lowest paid Republican senatorial staff salaries and ranked sixth overall of the lowest paid senatorial staff salaries in 2011. Overall, Alabama ranked 50th in average salary for senatorial staff. The average U.S. Senate congressional staff was paid $2,529,141.70 in fiscal year 2011.[28]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

2011

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Shelby's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $4,680,045 and $11,182,002. That averages to $7,931,023, which is higher than the average net worth of Republican senators in 2011 of $6,358,668. His average net worth decreased by 4.92% from 2010.[29]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Shelby's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $4,927,043 and $11,755,002. That averages to $8,341,022, which is higher than the average net worth of Republican senators in 2010 of $7,054,258.[30]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

2012

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Shelby ranked 19th in the conservative rankings among U.S. senators in 2012.[31]

2011

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Shelby ranked 26th in the conservative rankings among U.S. senators.[32]

Voting with party

2013

Shelby voted with the Republican Party 82.9% of the time, which ranked 39th among the 45 Senate Republican members as of June 2013.[33]

Personal

Shelby is married to Annette Nevin Shelby. They have two sons.

Recent news

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External links


References

  1. Biographical Director of the United States Congress "Richard C. Shelby," Accessed October 14, 2011
  2. Congressional Quarterly "Senate Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," Accessed January 17, 2013
  3. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  4. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  5. Project Vote Smart, "PN 48 - Nomination of John Brennan to be Director of the Central Intelligence Agency - Voting Record," accessed September 25, 2013
  6. CNN, "Rand Paul says he's heard from White House after filibuster," March 7, 2013
  7. USA Today, "Rand Paul filibuster ranks among Senate's longest," March 7, 2013
  8. ABC News, "Rand Paul wins applause from GOP and liberals," March 7, 2013
  9. Breitbart, "AWOL: Meet the GOP senators who refused to stand with Rand," March 7, 2013
  10. Politico, "Rand Paul filibuster blasted by Sens. John McCain, Lindsey Graham," March 7, 2013
  11. Washington Post, "Eric Holder responds to Rand Paul with ‘no’," March 7, 2013
  12. Project Vote Smart, "HR 325 - To Ensure the Complete and Timely Payment of the Obligations of the United States Government Until May 19, 2013 - Voting Record," accessed September 25, 2013
  13. Project Vote Smart, "S Amdt 1197 - Requires the Completion of the Fence Along the United States-Mexico Border - Voting Record," accessed September 25, 2013
  14. Project Vote Smart, "S 47 - Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 - Voting Record," accessed September 25, 2013
  15. U.S. Senate "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  16. Washington Post "Congressional earmarks sometimes used to fund projects near lawmakers' properties," February 6, 2012
  17. Washington Post "Mapping the earmarks," February 6, 2012
  18. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  19. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  20. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1998," accessed March 28, 2013
  21. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1992," accessed March 28, 2013
  22. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 1986," accessed March 28, 2013
  23. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Richard Shelby," Accessed March 25, 2013
  24. Open Secrets "Richard Shelby 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed October 14 2011
  25. Gov Track "Richard Shelby," Accessed June 7, 2013
  26. OpenCongress, "Richard Shelby," Accessed July 30, 2013
  27. GovTrack, "Richard Shelby," Accessed April 2, 2013
  28. LegiStorm "Richard Craig"
  29. OpenSecrets.org, "Shelby, (R-Alabama), 2011"
  30. OpenSecrets.org, "Shelby, (R-Alabama), 2010"
  31. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 21, 2013
  32. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: Senate," February 23, 2012
  33. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Jeremiah Denton
U.S. Senate - Alabama
1987-Present
Succeeded by
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