Spencer Bachus

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Spencer Bachus ()
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Next election: Nov. 6, 2012

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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.


Record and controversies

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Iraq War

For more information see the chart of U.S. House of Representatives votes on the Iraq War.

Bachus voted for the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 that started the Iraq War.[1]

Environmental record

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Bill Maher

On May 23, 2005 Bachus made the news for alleging that comedian Bill Maher made "treasonous comments" on his show when making a joke about the Army's inability to reach its quota on new recruits. [1]


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.

2006 elections

In 2006, independent Warren Grayson announced his intention to challenge Bachus in his November 2006 bid for reelection. (See U.S. congressional elections in 2006) [2] Bachus retained his seat.

Money in politics

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Top Contributors to during the 2008 Election Cycle
DonorAmount (US Dollars)
Google Inc$ 7,500
Jones Walker LLP$ 7,250
American Institute of CPAs$ 5,000
American Land Title Assn$ 5,000
AT&T Inc$ 5,000
Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria$ 5,000
Berkshire Hathaway$ 5,000
Capital One Financial$ 5,000
Colonial Properties$ 5,000
Credit Suisse Group$ 5,000
Source: The Center for Responsive Politics' www.OpenSecrets.org site.
Note: Contributions are not from the organizations themselves, but are rather from
the organization's PAC, employees or owners. Totals include subsidiaries and affiliates.
Links to more campaign contribution information for Spencer Bachus
from the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets.org site.
Fundraising profile: 2008 election cycle Career totals
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Top contributors by industry: 2008 election cycle Career totals

Committees and Affiliations


Committees in the 110th Congress (2007-2008)

Committee assignments in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)

More Background Data

Wikipedia also has an article on Spencer Bachus. This article may use content from the Wikipedia article under the terms of the GFDL.


DC office
  • 2246 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, DC 20515
    Ph: 202-225-4921 Fax: 202-225-2082
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District offices
  • 1900 International Park Drive, Suite 107, Birmingham, AL 35243
    Ph: 205-969-2296 Fax: (none entered)
  • 703 Second Avenue North, Post Office Box 502, Clanton, AL 35046
    Ph: 205-280-0704 Fax: (none entered)
On the Web
Campaign office

2008 Campaign Contact Information

Official Bachus for Congress website

Michele Reisner
Bachus for Congress
P.O. Box 131134
Birmingham, AL 35213

Phone: 205-591-8680


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