Friday, April 24, 2009
Know Your Congress Reps and Senators (Entry 12 of 21)
Today, we feature Sen. Ricahrd Shelby (R-Al) in our series which is devoted to various members of both political parties from both houses of Congress.
Interestingly enough, Shelby is one of three senators we've featured who have switched parties. Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and James Webb (D-Va) are the other two switcherios though neither of those senators defected while in office.
Shelby was elected to the senate when he was a Democrat in 1986. He was always considered to be one of the most conservative Democrats in Washington, DC, as he was pro-life, anti-gun control and an advocate for a flat tax.
The senior Alabama senator also worked with Ronald Reagan on defense issues.
Shelby is considered to be more independent-minded than fellow Republican Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions.
Even though a falling out with Bill Clinton lead to his departure from the Democratic Party, Shelby voted to acquit the president of impeachment charges in 1999.
More recently, Shelby has worked on the AIG bail out, and he even called into question Barack Obama's citizenship!?