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Richard Shelby

Richard Craig Shelby (born May 6, 1934) is the senior United States Senator from Alabama. First elected to the Senate in 1986, he is the ranking ... More »Richard Craig Shelby (born May 6, 1934) is the senior United States Senator from Alabama. First elected to the Senate in 1986, he is the ranking member of the United States Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs and was its chairman from 2003 to 2007. Born in Birmingham, Alabama, Shelby received his law degree from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, where he went on to serve as city prosecutor (1963–1971). 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 to the United States House of Representatives from the 7th District, where he was among a group of conservative Democrats known as the boll weevils. Shelby won a tight race in 1986 for the U.S. Senate. Originally elected as a Democrat, Shelby switched to the Republican Party in 1994 when Republicans gained the majority in Congress... [ Wikipedia ]

Alison Spann: A child of war with a sense of purpose

" Among those who attended her father's funeral at Arlington was Sen. Richard Shelby of Alabama. He noticed Spann's three young children and couldn't help but wonder what would become of them. Alison didn't want to go. We are taking a trip to Afghanistan, she was told. We are going to go ...

Federal judge allows gay marriages to continue in Utah

Judge Richard Shelby on Monday denied a request by the state that sought to halt gay marriage until the appeals process plays out. The same judge overturned Utah's ban on same-sex marriage Friday, ruling it is unconstitutional. Utah lawyers are expected to ask a higher court to put the ...

Sen. Richard Shelby opposes defense spending bill, says it exceeds limits of sequestration

Sen. Richard Shelby opposes defense spending bill, says it exceeds limits of sequestration U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Tuscaloosa, during a speech at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville in March. (Sarah Cole/scole@al.com) “If cuts are to take place, as current law requires, they ...

Sen. Richard Shelby 'doubts' NASA serious about big new rocket

US Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Tuscaloosa) speaks and answers questions at Senator Richard Shelby's 2012 Washington Update Breakfast at the VBC North Hall in Huntsville, Ala. Monday March 19, 2012. (The Huntsville Times/Glenn Baeske) WASHINGTON -- U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby ...

FBI director confirms vital role for future TEDAC facility at Redstone Arsenal

Groundbreaking ceremony was held Monday June 25, 2010 on Redstone Arsenal for the FBI's Terrorist Explosive Device Analytical Center, which will move here from Quantico, Va. Guests included FBI Director Robert Mueller and U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby. (The Huntsville Times/Dave Dieter) ...

Sen. Richard Shelby dismisses Obama idea of selling TVA: 'It's just a gesture'

Enlarge Sarah Cole | scole@al.com Senator Richard Shelby spoke at the annual Washington Update Monday morning at the Von Braun Center. The briefing included his views on the past year's progress on the issues that impact our regions and his outlook for the year ahead. (Sarah Cole/al.com) ...

U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby to meet with residents in 6 North Alabama counties

NORTH ALABAMA -- U.S. Senator Richard Shelby will spend Saturday and Monday hosting "meet-and-greets" in five North Alabama counties and will take an industry tour in Etowah County. The public is invited to any of the events, with the exception of the tour of Prince Metal Stamping in ...

Panel debates bidding process for satellite launches

While Feinstein was criticizing United Launch Alliance's soaring costs, Sen. Richard Shelby of Alabama, the top Republican on the panel, said he wasn't sure cheaper would necessarily be better. "The wise stewardship of taxpayers' resources is essential in all government programs and ...

Connecticut Women Inmates Get Travel Orders South, U.S. Senators Outraged

Aliceville’s prison had its start in 2005 when U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (AL), then chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committees’ Commerce, Justice and Science Subcommittee, got approval for a $15 million grant toward construction of the prison. Six years and $250 million later...

Q. and A.: Is Congress Broken?

There’s a striking moment when a top Democratic aide is appalled by an especially harsh speech by Senator Richard Shelby, which he delivered despite efforts by Mr. Dodd to co-write the measure with him and cultivate a strong personal relationship. “How could you?” the aide asks Mr. ...

Preliminary tests show letter to Obama contains poison ricin

Capitol Police earlier investigated a suspicious package delivered to Senator Richard Shelby's office in the Russell building, but had determined there was no threat, said Jonathan Graffeo, a spokesman for Shelby. "Senator Shelby and staff are unharmed," he said by email. ...

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Alabama's Republican leaders would oppose efforts to unionize state auto industry, U.S. Sen. Richar...

U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Alabama, center, with Honda Manufacturing of Alabama Senior Vice President Jeff Tomko, left and President Tom Shoupe. (HMA) LINCOLN, Alabama -- U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby, who toured the Honda plant in Talladega County this morning, said he believes most ...

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What would it take to overturn Obamacare? Richard Shelby has an answer

U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Tuscaloosa, during a speech at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville in March 2013. (Sarah Cole/scole@al.com) WASHINGTON -- By the end of the month, U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby says he will have visited businesses in all of Alabama’s 67 counties this year. ...

Sen. Richard Shelby: Austal USA, LCS program 'still on positive ground' despite potential cuts

Austal USA President Craig Perciavalle, U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby and Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson discuss the fate of Austal's littoral combat ship program Monday, Jan. 20, 2014, during Shelby's 67-county jobs tour. (Kelli Dugan/kdugan@al.com) MOBILE, Alabama – Despite speculation ...

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Former Sen. Richard Shelby aide hired as vice chancellor of UA System

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama - A longtime aide of U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Tuscaloosa, has been hired as an assistance vice chancellor of the University of Alabama System. LaFreeda Jordan will oversee government relations and economic develop for the UA System and be based at the University of ...

Sen. Richard Shelby to visit Elkmont industry today as final stop on jobs tour

U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., will stop at Sanp-On Tools in Elkmont today as part of his Alabama Jobs and Industry Tour. (PRNewsFoto/Snap-on Tools, John Nienhuis) ELKMONT, Alabama - U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., will stop at an Elkmont business today as part of his Alabama ...

Alabama Sen. Richard Shelby to visit Vance Mercedes plant Feb. 21

Alabama Sen. Richard Shelby to visit Vance Mercedes plant Feb. 21 Tuscaloosa : AL : USA | Feb 12, 2014 at 4:22 PM PST Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Tuscaloosa, has planned visits next week to Fayette, Lamar and Tuscaloosa counties as part of the senator's statewide jobs and industry ...

SpaceX, United Launch Alliance (ULA) spar in Congress over military rocket launch contracts

" Sen. Richard Shelby, a Republican from Alabama, where ULA has major manufacturing facilities, said he agreed that competition can lead to better quality and lower costs, but added "the launch market is not typical, it is limited demand, it is framed by government-industrial policies. " ...

Senators Sessions, Shelby urge protection of U.S. steel industry from potential rebar 'dumping' fro...

U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Mobile, and U.S. Senator Richard Shelby, R-Tuscaloosa, joined 29 other senators in signing a letter to U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker that asked the Commerce Department consider the interests of the U.S. steel industry as it investigates dumping ...

FBI director says Redstone Arsenal facilities will play 'vital role' in protecting the country

Sen. Richard Shelby, R-AL, Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee and its Subcommittee on Commerce-Justice-Science, questioned Comey about the Redstone Arsenal facilities. Shelby first asked about the importance and needs of the FBI's Hazardous Devices School, which ...

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