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Richard C. ShelbyREPRepublican United States Senator
88
Years of Age
51
Years of Experience
ALResidence (state)

Richard Craig Shelby (born May 6, 1934) is an American lawyer and politician serving as the senior United States senator from Alabama. First elected to the U.S. Senate in 1986 as a Democrat who later switched to the Republican Party in 1994, he chaired the Senate Appropriations Committee from 2018 to 2021. He previously chaired the Senate Intelligence Committee, the Senate Banking Committee, and the Senate Rules Committee. He is the longest-serving U.S. senator from Alabama, surpassing John Sparkman's record in March 2019.Born in Birmingham, Alabama, Shelby received his law degree from the Birmingham School of Law in 1961. He went on to serve as city prosecutor from 1963 to 1971. During this period he worked as a U.S. magistrate for the Northern District of Alabama (1966–1970) and Special Assistant Attorney General of Alabama (1969–1971). He won a seat in the Alabama Senate in 1970. In 1978, he was elected from the 7th district to the United States House of Representatives, where he was among a group of conservative Democrats known as the boll weevils. In 1986, Shelby won a tight race as a Democrat for the U.S. Senate. In 1994, the day after the Republican Revolution in which the GOP gained the majority in Congress midway through President Bill Clinton's first term, Shelby switched parties and became a Republican.

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Campaign Funding

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$4,141,799
Total Raised
$11,986,441
Total Spent
$9,841,582
Cash on Hand
Top Industries  (1 - 4 of 10) View All Industries
99%
Securities & Investment$490,750
94%
Commercial Banks$467,771
62%
Insurance$307,300
44%
Lawyers/Law Firms$216,900
41%
Finance/Credit Companies$201,700
37%
Real Estate$183,350
32%
Leadership PACs$161,000
25%
Lobbyists$124,913
25%
Defense Aerospace$121,700
18%
Defense Electronics$87,000
Direct campaign contributions grouped by the industry industry of each donor/PAC.

Largest Contributors

Funding generally from an organization's PAC or its members/employees. Organizations did not donate directly.
Financial Data Source: Center for Responsive Politics
Education7 - 7 of 5
Hueytown High School
Birmingham School of Law
University of Alabama
1957
University of Alabama School of Law
Juris Doctor
1963
primary school
Past Positions1 - 7 of 7
Senator
United States Senate, Alabama
1987 - Current
Representative
United States House of Representatives, Alabama
1979 - 1987
Senator
Alabama State Senate
1970 - 1978
Prosecutor
City of Tuscaloosa
1963 - 1971
Special Assistant Attorney General
State of Alabama
1969 - 1971
United States Commissioner
Northern District of Alabama
1966 - 1970
Law Clerk
Alabama Supreme Court
1961 - 1962
Other Experience1 - 21 of 21
Member
Alabama Bar Association
1961 - Current
Member
American Judicature Society
Member
Financial Coalition to Fight Child Pornography
Member
American Bar Association
Member
Phi Alpha Delta Legal Fraternity
Member
National Republican Senatorial Committee
Member
Alabama Law Institute
Member
Senate Centrist Coalition
Co-Chair
Zero Capital Gains Tax Caucus
Co-Chair
Congressional Privacy Caucus
Co-Founder
Senate Caucus on Missing, Exploited, and Runaway Children
Former Chair
Appropriations Committee, United States Senate
Former Chair
Rules and Administration Committee, United States Senate
Former Chair
Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, United States Senate
Former Chair
Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies, United States Senate
Former Chair
Select Committee on Intelligence, United States Senate
Former Chair
Subcommittee on Defense, United States Senate
Former Chair
Appropriations Committee, United States Senate
Former Member
Subcommittee Clean Air and Nuclear Safety, United States Senate
Former Member
Subcommittee on Superfund, Waste Management, and Regulatory Oversight, United States Senate
Senate Co-Chair
National Security Caucus