Read our 2018 Report Card for Shelby.
Ratings from Advocacy Organizations
Richard Shelby sits on the following committees:
Senate Committee on Appropriations
- Chair, Subcommittee on Department of Defense
- Ex Officio, Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies
- Ex Officio, Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies
- Ex Officio, Subcommittee on Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies
- Ex Officio, Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government
- Ex Officio, Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies
- Ex Officio, Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs
- Member, Subcommittee on Department of Homeland Security
- Member, Subcommittee on Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies
- Member, Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development
- Member, Subcommittee on Legislative Branch
- Member, Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies
- Joint Committee on the Library
Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
- Member, Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Protection
- Member, Subcommittee on Housing, Transportation, and Community Development
- Member, Subcommittee on Securities, Insurance, and Investment
Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works
- Member, Subcommittee on Fisheries, Water, and Wildlife
- Member, Subcommittee on Superfund, Waste Management, and Regulatory Oversight
- Member, Subcommittee on Transportation and Infrastructure
- Senate Committee on Rules and Administration
Shelby was the primary sponsor of 28 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- S. 1900: Emergency Supplemental Appropriations for Humanitarian Assistance and Security at the Southern Border Act, 2019
- S. 3159: Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2019
- S. 1662: Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2018
- S. 186 (113th): A bill to award posthumously a Congressional Gold Medal to Addie Mae Collins, Denise McNair, Carole Robertson, and Cynthia Wesley, in recognition of the 50th anniversary of ...
- S. 3850 (109th): Credit Rating Agency Reform Act of 2006
- S. 2275 (109th): National Flood Insurance Program Enhanced Borrowing Authority Act of 2006
- S. 1680 (108th): Defense Production Act Reauthorization of 2003
Does 28 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.
We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).
Shelby sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
Some of Shelby’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S. 2474: Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2020
- S. 1900: Emergency Supplemental Appropriations for Humanitarian Assistance and Security at the Southern Border Act, ...
- S.J.Res. 19: A joint resolution proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States ...
- S. 1145: Simplified, Manageable, And Responsible Tax Act
- S.Con.Res. 4: A concurrent resolution providing for a correction in the enrollment of H.J. Res. ...
- S.Con.Res. 47: A concurrent resolution directing the Clerk of the House of Representatives to make ...
- S.Con.Res. 46: A concurrent resolution directing the Clerk of the House of Representatives to make ...
From Jan 1987 to Nov 2019, Shelby missed 201 of 10,819 roll call votes, which is 1.9%. This is on par with the median of 1.5% among the lifetime records of senators currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.
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The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including:
- unitedstates/congress-legislators, a community project gathering congressional information
- The House and Senate websites, for committee membership and voting records
- United States Congressional Roll Call Voting Records, 1789-1990 by Howard L. Rosenthal and Keith T. Poole.
- Martis’s “The Historical Atlas of Political Parties in the United States Congress”, via Keith Poole’s roll call votes data set, for political party affiliation for Members of Congress from 1789 through about year 2000
- GPO Member Guide for the photo
- GovInfo.gov, for sponsored bills