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Sen. Richard C. Shelby (R-Ala.)

Political Highlights: Ala. Senate, 1971-79; U.S. House of Representatives, 1979-87; U.S. Senate, 1987-present
Born: May 6, 1934; Birmingham, Ala.
Residence: Tuscaloosa
Religion: Presbyterian
Family: Wife, Annette Nevin Shelby; two children
Education: U. of Alabama, A.B. 1957; U. of Alabama, LL.B. 1963
Military Service: None
Start of Service: Elected: 1986 (5th term)
Committee Assignments: Appropriations (Commerce-Justice-Science - Chairman; Defense; Energy-Water; Homeland Security; Labor-HHS-Education; Transportation-HUD); Banking, Housing & Urban Affairs; Rules & Administration

Election History
2010generalRichard Shelby (R) 968,18165.2
William Barnes (D) 515,61934.7
2004generalRichard Shelby (R) 1,242,20067.6
Wayne Sowell (D) 595,01832.4
1998generalRichard Shelby (R) 817,97363.2
Clayton Suddith (D) 474,56836.7
1992generalRichard Shelby (D) 1,022,69864.8
Richard Sellers (R) 522,01533.1
Jerome Shockley (LIBERT) 31,8112.0
1986generalRichard Shelby (D) 609,36050.0
Jeremiah Denton (R) 602,53750.0
1984generalRichard Shelby (D) 135,83497.0
Charles Ewing (LIBERT) 4,4983.0
1982generalRichard Shelby (D) 124,07097.0
1980generalRichard Shelby (D) 122,50573.0
James Bacon (R) 43,32026.0
1978generalRichard Shelby (D) 77,74294.0
James Scruggs (R) 1,8412.0
Roll Call Vitals


Alabama is 17th on Roll Call's Clout Index, which measures influence in Congress by state.


Twitter Followers (@senshelby)


Sen. Richard C. Shelby has the 70th most Sunday talk show appearances amongst members of Congress.

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Roll Call and CQ Weekly use ratings assigned by the Rothenberg Political Report, which are defined as follows: SAFE: As of today, the party indicated is all but certain to win the seat. FAVORED: One candidate has a substantial advantage, but an upset is still possible. LEAN: The party indicated has the edge, but the outcome is less certain than for races rated as favored. TILT: The outcome is effectively regarded as a tossup for each of these highly competitive seats, although the party indicated has a slight edge. TOSSUP: Neither party has an edge in these contests.