Sen. Richard Shelby

Senator from Alabama, Republican

Shelby, a Republican, has been a senator from Alabama since Jan 6, 1987 (next election in 2016).

He was previously the representative for Alabama's 7th congressional district (1979-1986; Democrat).

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Our unique analysis of the bills Shelby has sponsored and cosponsored provides insight into his position in the Senate.

Each dot in the chart below is a member of the Senate. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Shelby is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

2015 Statistics

Read our 2015 Report Card for Shelby for more statistics.

Committee Membership

Richard Shelby sits on the following committees:

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Shelby sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Finance and Financial Sector (39%) Taxation (17%) Sports and Recreation (17%) Economics and Public Finance (17%) International Affairs (11%)

Recent Bills

Some of Shelby’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Shelby’s Vote Vote Description
Yea H.R. 5325: Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2017
Sep 28, 2016. Bill Passed.
Nay S. 2328: National Sea Grant College Program Amendments Act of 2015
Jun 29, 2016. Motion Agreed to.
Yea S. 2943: National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017
Jun 14, 2016. Bill Passed.
Nay S. 2012: Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015
Apr 20, 2016. Bill Passed.
Nay H.R. 22: Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act
Dec 3, 2015. Conference Report Agreed to.
Yea S. 754: Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015
Oct 27, 2015. Bill Passed.
Nay H.R. 22: Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act
Jul 30, 2015. Bill Passed.
Nay S. 1177: Every Child Achieves Act of 2015
Jul 16, 2015. Bill Passed.

Missed Votes

From Jan 1987 to Sep 2016, Shelby missed 196 of 9,853 roll call votes, which is 2.0%. This is on par with the median of 1.7% among the lifetime records of senators currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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