Conservative Senators – #6 – Richard Shelby

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richardshelby

Heritage Ranking: 99%
American Conservative Union Ranking: 88%
Conservative Review Ranking: 66%

Childhood and Education: Senator Richard Shelby of Alabama was born in May, 1934. Four previous generations of his family had resided in Alabama. He attended college in his home state, graduating with a B.A. from the University of Alabama in 1957. He enrolled in Birmingham School of Law at the University of Alabama and earned an LL.B in 1963.

Family Life: In 1960, Richard Shelby married the former Annette Nevin. They have two children and are Presbyterians. The Shelby family resides in Tuscaloosa.

Early Career: Richard Shelby worked as a municipal prosecutor in Tuscaloosa between 1963 and 1971. He won election as a Democrat to the Alabama State Senate, serving there for eight years, before deciding to run for Congress. He also gained experience working in the federal court system while serving as the U.S. Magistrate for the Northern District of Alabama and briefly, as a Special Assistant State Attorney.

Between 1979 and 1987, Richard Shelby served in the United States House of Representatives as a Democratic Congressman representing Alabama’s 7th District. During the Reagan Administration, he frequently cooperated with Republicans in Congress on defense-related issues.

Senate Career: During the 1986 election, Congressman Shelby campaigned for a position in the United States Senate. He won the race, and has served continuously in the U.S. Senate since January 3, 1987, winning a number of re-election contests.

Senator Shelby opposed the nomination of Robert Bork to serve on the U. S. Supreme Court. However, he frequently agreed with Republicans about issues during the George H. W. Bush and Clinton Administrations. On November 9, 1994, he made the decision to switch his political party membership and become a Republican. He has won re-election as a Republican several times and remains a very popular Senator from Alabama. In September, 2009, polls indicated that he enjoyed an approval rating of 58%.

Senator Shelby currently serves as the Chairman of the Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee. He also serves on the Appropriations Committee and he is a member of the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration.

A foe of abortion, he tends to cast conservative votes on social issues and to support a smaller federal government. In the past, he has voted to allocate funds to law enforcement. His votes also have supported upholding the Second Amendment.

Committee Assignments:

Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs

Committee on Appropriations

Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice and Science
Subcommittee on Defense
Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development
Subcommittee on Homeland Security
Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education & Related Agencies
Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies

Committee on Banking, Housing & Urban Affairs

Committee on Rules and Administration

These rankings were compiled and primarily based upon rankings from the Heritage Action(the 501c4 arm of the Heritage Foundation) Scorecard and secondarily using rankings from the American Conservative Union and Conservative Review scorecards. Please note: These rankings are subject to change over time as a politician’s voting record changes. We encourage you to visit the sites listed above for more detailed and current information.

 


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  • Valor

    Pretty sad, only 5 out of 54 GUP Senators.

    • metheoldsarge

      Another sad point is that he showed me his true RINO colors in 2012 by voting “YEA” on the NDAA. That is the one that runs the First, Fourth, and Fifth Amendments, along with Posse Commutates, right into the shredder and gave the president dictatorial powers on a silver platter.

  • cantonst

    Love Shelby but it’s time to go home and give someone else a chance.

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  • http://WWW.SPIRITOFAMERICAPARTYRADIOSHOW.COM TOM P O’DONNELL

    SOUNDS LIKE WE NEED TO CLEAN HOUSE AND SENATE. WE DON’T THROW THEM UNDER THE BUS. WE JUST THROW THEM OVERBOARD LIKE TAXABLE TEA.
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    • MARYSWEET

      Sounds good to me. This is why we need term limits. But it will never happen because Congress is the body that must vote on it and they will not pass it because it will be the end of their “gravy train”.

      • Suzanne St. John

        WE CAN HAVE A CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION IF DECREED BY 2/3 OF THE STATES. IT CAN HAPPEN!

        • MARYSWEET

          A Constitutional Convention can open a can of worms that we might not want. Better be careful of what you wish for – you might get it. And what you get isn’t always what you wanted.

          • Paul Smith

            No, it can’t.

          • MARYSWEET

            Yes it can with the unscrupulous politicians in office. They can manipulate it like everything else they touch.

          • Paul Smith

            No, Mary, they cannot. Their power is limited to a single task which they are REQUIRED to do – calling the convention. After that the States are in control.

      • Sharo

        And Mary, Congress will never do anything about anything again, because they are powerless. Remember obama has a pen and a phone, and will not hesitate to use them. There is nothing that can be done, because he will hand down a memorandum or issue an executive order to do what ever he wants. Nothing can stop him short of an act of God.

  • Paul Smith

    Like Obama, Rubio’s, Cruz’ and Jindal’s fathers were not citizens when they were born and they are not natural born citizens. If the GOP manages to nominate one of them (or if they run second fiddle to somebody else), we’ll lose the election to the socialists. We can’t afford that. Please support one of the others; somebody everyone can support in the general election.

    • cap

      Amen