New Members 2010 - Alabama

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REP. MARTHA ROBY (R-ALA.-02)

Birthdate: July 27, 1976
Birthplace: Montgomery, Ala.
Residence: Montgomery, Ala.
Occupation: Attorney
Education: B.A., New York University; J.D. Samford University
Previous office held: Montgomery City council member 2003-present
Family: Husband Riley, two children

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A staunch conservative who framed her opponent as an ally of Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Martha Roby is the daughter of 11th Circuit Court of Appeals Chief Judge Joel Dubin. 

She is an excellent singer, having graduated with a music degree from NYU, but instead of pursing music, she attended law school at Samford University. Following graduation, she joined a local law firm in 2002 before running for city council the following year. 

Her contest against incumbent Democratic Rep. Bobby Bright was one of the closest House races in the nation in this fall’s general election.


REP. MO BROOKS (R-ALA.-05)

Birthdate: April 29, 1954
Birthplace: Charleston, S.C.
Residence: Huntsville, Ala.
Occupation: Attorney
Education: Duke University; J.D., University Of Alabama
Previous office held: Commissioner, Madison County Commission, 1996-present; Alabama state House of Representatives, 1982-1992
Family: Wife Martha, four children

A longtime state legislator and former minority leader in the Alabama State House, Mo Brooks capitalized on voter dissatisfaction to unseat incumbent Rep. Parker Griffith in the GOP primary. 

Brooks painted the former Democrat as an anti-business politician who supports President Obama’s agenda. But Brooks also took aim at Griffith for offering House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) a gift card to a mental-health center, alienating one of the most influential voices in Washington. 

Brooks rode the endorsement of Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions (R) to defeat Steve Raby in the general election.


REP.-ELECT TERRI SEWELL (D-ALA.-07)

Birthdate: Jan. 1, 1965
Birthplace: Huntsville, Ala.
Residence: Birmingham, Ala.
Occupation: Attorney
Education: B.A., Princeton; M.A., Oxford; J.D., Harvard Law School 
Previous Office Held: None
Family: Single

Buoyed by an endorsement from President Obama, Terri Sewell cruised to victory in Alabama’s heavily Democratic 7th district, taking over for retiring Rep. Artur Davis (D-Ala.), who ran for governor. 

The daughter of a former city councilwoman, Sewell was the first black valedictorian of Selma High School and is now the first black woman elected to Congress from Alabama. 

As a student at Princeton she worked on Capitol Hill for then-Rep. Richard Shelby (D-Ala.) and Alabama Sen. Howell Heflin. She was later clerked for Alabama’s first black federal judge and spent a decade as a securities lawyer in New York before returning to her home state.

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