Last Updated: 05 May, 2023 | Views: 69
Other Profession(s): Lawyer
Famous For: Longest-Serving U.S. Senator From Alabama
Higher Education: University of Alabama (BA, LLB)
Richard Shelby served as senator from Alabama from 1987 to 2023 and is an American lawyer and politician. He chaired the Senate Appropriations Committee from 2018 to 2021. His previous committee chairmanships include the Senate Intelligence, Banking, and Rules Committees. He broke the record of the longest-serving U.S. senator from Alabama in March 2019 when he was elected over John Sparkman.
Richard Shelby Career:
1987: Richard Shelby reportedly opposed Reagan's nomination of Robert Bork to the Supreme Court, following lobbying by Alabama African-American leaders who reminded Shelby that he had narrowly won the 1986 election against Denton with the support of black voters.
1991: Richard Shelby supported the Crime Bill S.1241, sponsored by Senator Joseph Biden, which established a national waiting period for handgun purchases and a federal ban on semi-automatic firearms.
2010: Richard Shelby blocked more than 70 Obama nominees to various government posts over the Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker contract and FBI Terrorist Explosive Device Analytical Center.
2015: Richard Shelby proposed to review proposals for improving Fed decision-making and reforming the composition of the Federal Reserve System by the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee and to consult the original presidents of the regional reserve banks on them.
Richard Shelby Unknown Facts:
Richard Shelby has also steadfastly supported the aerospace sector, a significant contributor to Alabama's economy. He has campaigned for NASA money and worked to bring businesses like Boeing to the state.
Richard Shelby has participated in many prominent inquiries throughout his career. He was on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence during the 1980s Iran-Contra crisis investigation and participated in the 2012 Benghazi incident probe.
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