Richard C. Shelby

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Richard Shelby, Alabama's senior United States Senator, was first elected to the Senate in 1986. He chairs the Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee and chairs the Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations Subcommittee, he is a member of the full Appropriations Committee and the Special Committee on Aging. The Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee has oversight of the operation and regulation of our nation's financial markets, urban transit programs and housing markets.

The Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations Subcommittee's jurisdiction includes the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Economic Development Authority (EDA), the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Department of Commerce and the Department of Justice among others.

Prior to Senator Shelby's election to the United States Senate, he served four terms in the U.S. House of Representatives and eight years in the Alabama legislature. He also served as a City Prosecutor in Tuscaloosa, U.S. Magistrate for the Northern District of Alabama, and Special Assistant to the Attorney General in Alabama.

A fifth generation Alabamian, Senator Shelby is a graduate of the University of Alabama's undergraduate and law programs. He and his wife, Annette Nevin Shelby, have two sons: Richard Jr. and Claude Nevin. Claude and his wife Lisa have one daughter, Anna Elizabeth Shelby, and one son, William Nevin Shelby.


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