US Senator Richard Shelby reflects on his time in office

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL) received a standing ovation for his service as he nears the end of his final term.

With more than four decades of congressional service (including 36 in the U.S. Senate), Senator Shelby thanked community members at an event hosted by the Huntsville/Madison County House Monday morning.

“Thank you to a lot of people in this room who have helped me over the years, helped me get elected and re-elected, re-elected and re-elected. I appreciate that and thank you for that,” Shelby said at the event.

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Over the years, the senator has been an advocate and champion of NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center and its role in space science and exploration.

In recent years, Shelby was one of the driving forces behind the decision to locate a significant FBI presence in Redstone. He also secured funding for a new federal courthouse in downtown Huntsville.

“Someone once said to me, ‘Who do you work for?’ I said, “Well, half my time and 65% of my time in my office, we work for Huntsville,” Shelby said.

During the event, many expressed their gratitude for the senator and all that he has brought to the region.

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Dale Strong, Chairman of the Madison County Commission, said, We, the Mayor of Huntsville, Madison, and the Chairman of the Madison County Commission, proclaim September 19, 2022 as ‘Richard Shelby’ Day.

Kimberly Robinson, CEO/Executive Director of US Space & Rocket Center, said, “Senator Shelby, thank you for your hard work and leadership. Thanks to your diligence, we are on the road to recovery. We are here today determined to serve this community better than ever before.

Over breakfast, Senator Shelby spoke about the influx of FBI jobs in northern Alabama and upcoming defense spending bills.


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