Richard Shelby (R-Senate)i
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Senator Richard Shelby, Biography from Senate.gov
May 6, 1934 in Birmingham, Alabama
Married: Annette Nevin
Two children: Richard Jr. and Claude Nevin
- B.A., University of Alabama, 1957
- LL.B., University of Alabama, School of Law, 1963
- Lawyer, 1963-1978
- Tuscaloosa City Prosecutor, 1963-1971
- U.S. Magistrate, Northern District of Alabama, 1966-1970
- Special Assistant Attorney General, State of Alabama, 1969-1971
- Alabama State Senator, 1970-1978
- U.S. Representative, 1979-1987
- U.S. Senator, 1987-Present
Richard Shelby, Alabama’s senior United States Senator, was first elected to the Senate in 1986 with an undeniable commitment to Alabama and the simple philosophy that a smaller government can also be a more effective government.
Senator Shelby is ranking member of the Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee and a senior member of the Appropriations Committee. Senator Shelby also serves on the Committee on Rules and Administration and the Special Committee on Aging.
Senator Shelby believes that education is an investment in our nation’s future and that expansion of infrastructure at our nation’s institutions of higher learning is vital. As a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, he has fought to secure critical funding to construct world class facilities across Alabama that will educate students in the subjects of math, science, and engineering. Because of Senator Shelby’s efforts, Alabama’s colleges and universities have received over $132 million to build state-of-the-art laboratories and research facilities.
Prior to Senator Shelby’s election to the United States Senate, he served four terms in the U.S. House of Representatives and eight years in the Alabama legislature. He also served as a City Prosecutor in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, U.S. Magistrate Judge for the Northern District of Alabama, and Special Assistant to the Attorney General in Alabama.
A fifth generation Alabamian, Senator Shelby is a graduate of the University of Alabama’s undergraduate and law programs. He and his wife, Annette Nevin Shelby, have two sons: Richard Jr. and Claude Nevin. Claude and his wife Lisa have one daughter, Anna Elizabeth Shelby, and one son, William Nevin Shelby.
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