Spencer Bachus

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Spencer Bachus currently serves the Sixth Congressional district of Alabama

Spencer Thomas Bachus III, a Republican, has represented the 6th District of Alabama in the U.S. House of Representatives since 1993. The district, Alabama's wealthiest and one of the richest in the country, includes most of the suburbs of Birmingham and Tuscaloosa. (map)

Bachus beat Shelby County, Alabama resident and business owner Paul Lambert in the 2010 Republican primary. Lambert ran against Bachus in a response to the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) vote that Bachus supported, in spite of overwhelming constituent complaints, and his support for the USA PATRIOT Act. Bachus then won the general election to retain his seat.[1][2]

Record and controversies

Iraq War

For more information see the chart of U.S. House of Representatives votes on the Iraq War.

Bachus voted for the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 that started the Iraq War.[3]

Environmental record

For more information on environmental legislation, see the Energy and Environment Policy Portal

Bill Maher

On May 23, 2005 Bachus made the news for alleging that comedian Bill Maher made "treasonous comments" on his show when making a joke about the Army's inability to reach its quota on new recruits. [1]


Bachus was born December 28, 1947 in Birmingham and currently lives in Vestavia Hills, a Birmingham suburb. He graduated from Auburn University in 1972 and earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Alabama. He was elected to the Alabama State Senate in 1983, serving one term before moving to the Alabama State House of Representatives for two terms. From 1987 to 1991, he served as the 6th District's representative on the state board of education. He became chairman of the Alabama Republican Party in 1991 and served there until resigning to run for the House.

Despite one of the most conservative voting records in the House (only Senator Jeff Sessions and 2nd District Congressman Terry Everett have higher ratings from the American Conservative Union, Bachus was challenged in the 2004 Republican primary by Phillip Jauregui, a member of former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore's legal team. Since no other party ran a candidate, victory in the Republican primary was tantamount to election in November. Jauregui claimed that Bachus wasn't doing enough to curb "judicial activism." However, Bachus won the primary easily, effectively clinching a seventh term.

The 6th District had been based in Birmingham for over a century, but after the 1990 census the state legislature was forced to create a majority-black district. They did so by redrawing the Tuscaloosa-based 7th District, adding predominantly black portions of Birmingham and Montgomery. In the process, however, they made the 6th District a heavily Republican district with a population that was almost 97% white. Bachus won the Republican nomination for the seat and faced five-term Democratic incumbent Ben Erdreich. Erdereich outspent Bachus by almost 2 to 1, but could not overcome the heavy Republican tilt of the new district and lost by seven points. Bachus has not faced serious opposition since then, and has been reelected without major-party opposition since 2000.

2006 elections

In 2006, independent Warren Grayson announced his intention to challenge Bachus in his November 2006 bid for reelection. (See U.S. congressional elections in 2006) [2] Bachus retained his seat.

Committees and affiliations


Committee assignments in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)

More background data

Wikipedia also has an article on Spencer Bachus. This article may use content from the Wikipedia article under the terms of the GFDL.


DC Office:
442 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: 202-225-4921
Fax: 202-225-2082
Web Email

District Office- Birmingham:
1900 International Park Drive, Suite 107
Birmingham, AL 35243
Phone: 205-969-2296
Fax: 205-969-3958

District Office- Clanton:
703 Second Avenue North
Post Office Box 502
Clanton, AL 35046
Phone: 205-280-0704
Fax: 205-280-3060

2008 campaign contact information

Official Bachus for Congress website

Michele Reisner
Bachus for Congress
P.O. Box 131134
Birmingham, AL 35213

Phone: 205-591-8680


Articles and resources


  1. Election Results 2010, ryodimas.com, accessed January 2011.
  2. The End of the Road, Paul Lambert website, accessed January 2011.
  3. Roll call vote, Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002.


Local blogs and discussion sites


Corresponding article on Wikipedia and Cause Caller. (If Cause Caller link does not work, pick from its list of senators and representatives.)

Current Office: U.S. House of Representatives
111th Congress
Leadership Position:
Committees Chaired:
Ranking Member On:

110th Congress
Leadership Position:
Committees Chaired:
Ranking Member On:

Committees: House Committee on Financial Services
Congressional Career
First Elected to Current Office:
November 3, 1992
First Took Current Office:
January 3, 1993
Next Election:
November 2, 2010
Term Ends:
Freshman Member?
Previous Political Work?
Chair, Alabama Republican Party, Alabama Board of Education, Alabama Senate, Alabama House of Representatives,
Other Party Membership:
District Offices:
1. 1900 International Park Drive, Suite 107, Birmingham, AL 35243
Phone: 205-969-2296 / Fax: 205-969-3958
2. 703 Second Avenue North, Post Office Box 502, Clanton, AL 35046
Phone: 205-280-0704 / Fax: 205-280-3060

Campaign Contact:

Website: http://www.spencerbachus.com/
Webform Email: / Email: michele@spencerbachus.com

Campaign Offices:

1. Michele Reisner, Bachus for Congress, P.O. Box 131134, Birmingham, AL 35213
Phone: 205-591-8680 / Fax:

Zip Code Affiliations:

Date of Birth: December 28, 1947