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.
Record and controversies
Bachus voted for the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 that started the Iraq War.
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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.
Committees and affiliations
- House Committee on Financial Services, Ranking Member
Committee assignments in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)
- House Committee on Financial Services
- Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit - Chair
- Subcommittee on Capital Markets Insurance and Government Sponsored Enterprises
- House Committee on the Judiciary
- Subcommittee on Task Force on Antirust
- Subcommittee on the Constitution
- Subcommittee on Courts the Internet and Intellectual Property
- House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
- Subcommittee on Aviation
- Subcommittee on Highways Transit and Pipelines
- Subcommittee on Railroads
More background data
District Office- Birmingham:
1900 International Park Drive, Suite 107
Birmingham, AL 35243
District Office- Clanton:
703 Second Avenue North
Post Office Box 502
Clanton, AL 35046
2008 campaign contact information
Bachus for Congress
P.O. Box 131134
Birmingham, AL 35213
Articles and resources
- ↑ Election Results 2010, ryodimas.com, accessed January 2011.
- ↑ The End of the Road, Paul Lambert website, accessed January 2011.
- ↑ Roll call vote, Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002.
- Official website
- Technorati Search: Spencer Bachus
- Google News Search: Spencer Bachus
- Yahoo! News Search: Spencer Bachus
- Power Trips: How much did Spencer Bachus travel?
- Open Secrets - 2006 congressional races database
Local blogs and discussion sites
- In Race for Financial Sevices Gavel, Industry Players Take Sides by Elana Schor, The Hill, 11/30/05.
- Lawmakers Holding Solid Seats Spend as if They Were Shaky by Shailagh Murray, Washington Post, 3/19/06.
- Alabamians in Congress adept at securing cash by Mary Orndorff, The Birmingham News, 3/26/06.
|Current Office: U.S. House of Representatives|
Ranking Member On:
Ranking Member On:
|Committees: House Committee on Financial Services|
|First Elected to Current Office:
November 3, 1992
|First Took Current Office:
January 3, 1993
November 2, 2010
|Previous Political Work?
Chair, Alabama Republican Party, Alabama Board of Education, Alabama Senate, Alabama House of Representatives,
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Date of Birth: December 28, 1947