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Rep. Spencer Bachus (R-Ala.)


District: 6th District
Political Highlights: Ala. Senate, 1983; Ala. House, 1983-87; Ala. Board of Education, 1987-91; candidate for Ala. attorney general, 1990; Ala. Republican Party chairman, 1991-92; U.S. House of Representatives, 1993-2015
Born: Dec. 28, 1947; Birmingham, Ala.
Residence: Vestavia Hills
Religion: Baptist
Family: Wife, Linda Bachus; five children
Education: Auburn U., B.A. 1969; U. of Alabama, J.D. 1972
Military Service: Ala. National Guard, 1969-71
Start of Service: Elected: 1992 (11th term)
End of Service: Jan. 3, 2015
Committee Assignments: Financial Services (Capital Markets & Government Sponsored Enterprises; Financial Institutions & Consumer Credit); Judiciary (Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security & Investigations; Regulatory Reform, Commercial & Antitrust Law - Chairman)

Election History
2012generalSpencer Bachus (R) 219,26271.2
Penny Bailey (D) 88,26728.6
2010generalSpencer Bachus (R) 205,28898.1
2008generalSpencer Bachus (R) 280,90297.8
2006generalSpencer Bachus (R) 163,51498.3
2004generalSpencer Bachus (R) 264,81998.8
2002generalSpencer Bachus (R) 178,17189.8
J. McAllister (LIBERT) 19,6399.9
2000generalSpencer Bachus (R) 212,75188.0
Terry Reagin (LIBERT) 28,12911.6
1998generalSpencer Bachus (R) 154,76171.8
Donna Wesson Smalley (D) 60,65728.1
1996generalSpencer Bachus (R) 180,78170.9
Mary Bates (D) 69,59227.3
T. Harris (LIBERT) 2,2930.9
Diane Vogel (NL) 2,1130.8
1994generalSpencer Bachus (R) 155,04779.0
Larry Fortenberry (D) 41,03020.9
1992generalSpencer Bachus (R) 146,59952.3
Ben Erdreich (D) 126,06245.0
Carla Cloum (I) 4,5211.6
Mark Bodenhausen (LIBERT) 2,8361.0
Roll Call Vitals


Alabama is 17th on Roll Call's Clout Index, which measures influence in Congress by state.

Roll Call and CQ Weekly use ratings assigned by the Rothenberg Political Report, which are defined as follows: SAFE: As of today, the party indicated is all but certain to win the seat. FAVORED: One candidate has a substantial advantage, but an upset is still possible. LEAN: The party indicated has the edge, but the outcome is less certain than for races rated as favored. TILT: The outcome is effectively regarded as a tossup for each of these highly competitive seats, although the party indicated has a slight edge. TOSSUP: Neither party has an edge in these contests.