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  Shelby, Richard
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NameRichard Shelby
Tuscaloosa, Alabama , United States
Born May 06, 1934 (85 years)
ContributorBarack O-blame-a
Last ModifedIndyGeorgia
Dec 12, 2017 10:22pm
Tags Caucasian - Very Conservative - Anti Embryonic Stem Cell Research - Anti Environment - Anti Marijuana Legalization - Anti-Affirmative Action - Anti-Civil Unions - Anti-Gay Marriage - Anti-Labor - Pro School Vouchers - Pro- gun - Pro-Bush Tax Cuts - Pro-Capital Punishment - Pro-Life - Pro-Social Security Privatization - Protectionist - Married - Presbyterian -
InfoRichard Craig Shelby
Richard Shelby, Alabama's senior United States Senator, came to the Senate in 1987 with more than 20 years of experience in public service and business, an undeniable commitment to Alabama, and the simple philosophy that a smaller government can also be a more effective government. He has built an impressive reputation of defending the rights of working Americans and has diligently worked to increase fiscal responsibility and common sense in federal government.

Sen. Shelby's commitment to Alabamians is clear through the legislation he supports and the committees on which he serves. It is here, as a senior member of the U.S. Senate, that he works to preserve our freedom and to break down barriers to opportunity by ensuring a strong national defense and a robust economic environment.

Sen. Shelby believes that our national security is one of the primary responsibilities of our federal government. As Vice-Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, he ensures that the Committee oversees and monitors all facets of our national security. Whether it's threats from rogue nations, terrorism, or concern about the transfer of militarily significant technology to countries like China, Sen. Shelby has worked to ensure that such matters are carefully reviewed and monitored by the Committee. With a belief that the nation's war against illegal drugs must be fought on many fronts, utilizing the most sophisticated intelligence means possible, Sen. Shelby refocused the Committee's agenda to go beyond the monitoring of covert operations and the spread of nuclear weapons to include oversight of the drug war.

He has also used this position to push reluctant Administration officials to provide more information and a fuller accounting of events that led up to and followed the 1985 massacre of U. S. Marines in El Salvador. Northport Alabama native Bobby Joe Dickson was gunned down in the attack.

Sen. Shelby serves as a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and is the Ranking Member of the Transportation Subcommittee. It was in his capacity as Chairman that he waged a war against barriers to airline competition and won--sending the undeniable message that anti-competitive practices in the industry will not be tolerated. In 1997, Sen. Shelby fought an age-old restriction to flights into and out of Dallas, Texas. Airfares from Alabama cities to Dallas dropped almost immediately after the restriction was removed.

Sen. Shelby's concern about safe, effective transportation oversight does not stop with the airline industry. During his tenure as Chairman of the Transportation Subcommittee, he has made the completion of the Appalachian Development Highway system a top priority. More than 40,000 people die each year in traffic-related accidents--a fact exacerbated by unsafe highway conditions. Sen. Shelby has made highway safety a priority, and works each year to ensure that our nation's highways receive appropriate levels of funding needed to increase and maintain safe traveling conditions.

Through the other Appropriations Subcommittees on which he serves, Sen. Shelby is able to effectively oversee and provide funding for our nation's defense and military infrastructure---a need that he believes has never been more important for the future of this nation. At a time when some would ignore potential threats to U. S. security, Sen. Shelby has continued to advocate for the strongest and best prepared national defense system possible. He continues to fight each year, as a member of the Defense Subcommittee, to maintain funding needed to protect not only the servicemen and women stationed around the world, but also to ensure that they have the training and equipment needed to survive and win any conflict. He also maintains careful watch over our nation's defense and aerospace industries critical to not only the nation's defense and readiness, but to Alabama's thriving economy as well. His support for the creation of a ballistic missile defense system, needed to protect the United States from attack, is an important defense priority. Additionally, Sen. Shelby's support for veterans has been unwavering. He believes we must honor our veterans by honoring our commitments to them. From fighting to uncover the truth about the Gulf War Syndrome, to working to maintain veterans benefits, Sen. Shelby has remained committed to those who have placed their love of God and country above all other priorities.

As a senior member of the Senate Banking Committee, Sen. Shelby has been an effective leader in the movement to repeal overburdensome federal regulations that punish banks as well as consumers. Although legislation he has authored in this area has become law, Sen. Shelby believes there is more to be done to ensure the safety and soundness of our nation's banking system, while continuing to dismantle oppressive, out-of-date, red tape and regulation.

Sen. Shelby's legislative agenda mirrors not only his conservative values, but his commitment to freedom, family and a strong prosperous economy. He has authored and introduced legislation to create a balanced budget constitutional amendment each and every year since his election to federal office. A leading tax code reform proponent, Sen. Shelby is the Senate sponsor of legislation that would replace the current tax code with a flat-rate tax. He began the tax reform fight well before the issue rose to national significance, and continues to encourage his colleagues to join him in the fight.

Sen. Shelby also authored the law that made it a federal crime for parents to cross state lines to avoid paying child support, and has consistently advocated on behalf of missing and exploited children. He is also the Senate sponsor of a bill to make English the official language of the U. S. Government.

Sen. Shelby has received countless awards for his outstanding record on business, economic, family and seniors issues---awards like the "Spirit of Enterprise," from the U. S. Chamber of Commerce; "Guardian of Small Business," from the National Federal of Independent Business; "Taxpayer's Friend," from the National Taxpayers Union; "Friend of the Family," from the Christian Coalition; and "Guardian of Seniors' Rights," from the 60 Plus Association; to name a few.

A fourth generation Alabamian, Sen. 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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01/01/2017-03/31/2017 Morning Consult 61.00% ( 0.0) 26.00% ( 0.0) 13.00% ( 0.0)
03/27/2010-03/29/2010 Public Policy Polling 44.00% ( 0.0) 34.00% ( 0.0) 22.00% ( 0.0)
12/11/2009-12/13/2009 Survey USA 50.00% ( 8.0) 38.00% ( 3.0) 12.00% ( 5.0)
09/27/2009-09/28/2009 Survey USA 58.00% ( 4.0) 35.00% ( 4.0) 7.00% ( 0.0)
07/17/2009-07/19/2009 Survey USA 62.00% ( 5.0) 31.00% ( 2.0) 7.00% ( 3.0)
06/12/2009-06/14/2009 Survey USA 57.00% ( 3.0) 33.00% ( 4.0) 10.00% ( 1.0)
01/20/2009-02/21/2009 Survey USA 60.00% ( 2.0) 29.00% ( 9.0) 11.00% ( 7.0)
03/14/2008-03/16/2008 Survey USA 58.00% ( 1.0) 38.00% ( 5.0) 4.00% ( 4.0)
02/15/2008-02/17/2008 Survey USA 59.00% ( 5.0) 33.00% ( 5.0) 8.00% ( 0.0)
11/09/2007-11/11/2007 Survey USA 54.00% ( 2.0) 38.00% ( 2.0) 8.00% ( 0.0)

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Date Category Headline Article Contributor
Feb 09, 2010 01:10pm News GOP Senator [Shelby]: Not Saying 'No' to Obama Nominees Anymore  Article Brandonius Maximus 
Feb 05, 2010 01:00pm Commentary The Shelby Opening  Article Brandonius Maximus 
Feb 05, 2010 12:00pm General Richard Shelby Holds Up Senate for Home State Pork  Article Brandonius Maximus 
Mar 03, 2006 06:55pm Statement Dubai Ports deal broke law, Shelby says  Article RP 
Jul 29, 2005 01:00pm Blog Entry The quietest Senate investigation ever  Article ArmyDem 
Oct 18, 2004 12:00am Profile 'This is his[Richard Shelby's] life'  Article User 490 

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