Senator Richard Shelby was first elected to the Senate in 1986.
He is the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration. He also serves on the Senate Appropriations Committee and the Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee.
Senator Shelby believes that a smaller government is more effective and has long opposed government bailouts. He is a stalwart supporter of Second Amendment rights and has worked tirelessly to bring jobs and economic growth to Alabama. He has introduced a flat tax in every Congress since his election to the U.S. Senate, as well as a Balanced Budget amendment to the Constitution.
Prior to his election in the United States Senate, Senator Shelby served four terms in the U.S. House of Representatives and eight years in the Alabama legislature. He is a fifth generation Alabamian and a graduate of University of Alabama’s undergraduate and law programs.