Richard Shelby, Alabama's senior United States Senator, was first elected to the Senate in 1986. In addition to serving as Ranking Member of the Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee, Shelby is also Ranking Member of the Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations Subcommittee, and a senior member of the full Appropriations Committee and the Special Committee on Aging. Prior to Senator Shelby’s election to the United States Senate, he served four terms in the U.S. House of Representatives and eight years in the Alabama legislature. He also served as a City Prosecutor in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, U.S. Magistrate Judge for the Northern District of Alabama, and Special Assistant to the Attorney General in Alabama. A fifth generation Alabamian, Senator Shelby is a graduate of the University of Alabama's undergraduate and law programs. He and his wife, Annette Nevin Shelby, have two sons: Richard Jr. and Claude Nevin. Claude and his wife Lisa have one daughter, Anna Elizabeth Shelby, and one son, William Nevin Shelby.