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Senator Richard Shelby announces he will not seek reelection in 2022

Senator Shelby is not seeking reelection
Senator Shelby is not seeking reelection(Gray DC)
Published: Feb. 8, 2021 at 12:36 PM EST
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WASHINGTON (Gray DC) - Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL) announced Monday he will not seek reelection to his seat in 2022. The top Republican appropriator is planning to leave his post having served Alabama since 1986. In a statement, the senator said, Today I announce that I will not seek a seventh term in the United State Senate in 2022.  For everything, there is a season.

“I am grateful to the people of Alabama who have put their trust in me for more than forty years.  I have been fortunate to serve in the U.S. Senate longer than any other Alabamian.  During my time in the Senate, I have been given great opportunity, having chaired four committees: Appropriations, Rules, Banking, and Intelligence.  In these positions of leadership, I have strived to influence legislation that will have a lasting impact – creating the conditions for growth and opportunity.

“Serving in the U.S. Senate has been the opportunity of a lifetime.  I have done my best to address challenges and find ways to improve the day-to-day lives of all Americans.  I have also focused on the economic challenges of Alabamians, increasing access to education and promoting facilities to improve the quality of schools.  I have worked to enhance Alabama’s role in space exploration and the security of our nation.  Further, I have supported the utilization of Alabama’s greatest resources, including its unparalleled river system and the Port of Mobile.

“My service in the U.S. Senate would not have been possible without those who have encouraged me over the years.  I am particularly grateful for the support of my wife, Annette, and my entire family.  Additionally, my staff, whose determination and loyalty have been unwavering, has been absolutely necessary in achieving my goals.

“Although I plan to retire, I am not leaving today.  I have two good years remaining to continue my work in Washington.  I have the vision and the energy to give it my all.

“Thank you again for the honor you have given me – the honor to serve the people of Alabama in Congress for the last 42 years.  I look forward to what is to come for our great state and our great nation.”

In addition to his role as vice chairman on the Senate Appropriations Committee, Shelby also serves on the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration and the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee.

Shelby was born and raised in Birmingham, AL and attended the University of Alabama.

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