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Richard Shelby

Personal data
Date of birthMay 6, 1934(age 82)
Place of birthBirmingham, Alabama
SpouseAnnette Shelby (1960-present)
ChildrenRichard Shelby, Jr. Claude Nevin Shelby
ResidenceTuscaloosa, Alabama
Alma materUniversity of Alabama (B.A., J.D.)
Chairman of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs
In officeJanuary 3, 2003 - January 3, 2007
Succeeded byChris Dodd
Preceded byPaul Sarbanes
Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence
In officeJanuary 20, 2001 - June 6, 2001
Succeeded byBob Graham
Preceded byBob Graham
In officeJanuary 3, 1997 - January 3, 2001
Succeeded byBob Graham
Preceded byArlen Specter
Assumed officeJanuary 3, 1987
Serving with Jeff Sessions
Preceded byJeremiah Denton
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Alabama's 7th district
In officeJanuary 3, 1979 - January 3, 1987
Succeeded byClaude Harris, Jr.
Preceded byWalter Flowers
Member of the Alabama Senate from 16th district
In officeJanuary 1971 - January 1979
Succeeded byRyan DeGraffenried
Special Assistant Attorney General of Alabama
In officeJanuary 1969 - January 1971
U.S. Magistrate, Northern District of Alabama
In officeJanuary 1966 - January 1970

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Richard Craig Shelby (born May 6, 1934) is the senior U.S. 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 midway through President Bill Clinton's first term. He was re-elected by a large margin in 1998 and has faced no electoral opposition since.

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