“Senator Shelby has always conducted himself on the national stage in a way that reflects the values, decency, and strength of the people of Alabama,” said Perry Hand BCA chairman. “During his service in the Alabama Legislature, his 39 years in Congress, including 31 in the U.S. Senate, Senator Shelby has significantly increased critical support for Alabama medical research and has transformed science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education at our colleges and universities.”
Shelby has served as an Alabama Senator since he was elected in 1986. The BCA board of directors voted unanimously to approve a resolution extolling Shelby’s virtues and his advocacy for the conservative principles of smaller government, lower taxes, free enterprise, the right to keep and bear arms, and his pro-life stance.
Shelby has increased funding into Alabama’s college and universities, transforming science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education at Alabama’s colleges and universities, and has increased critical support for medical research throughout the state.
The group also cited several of Shelby’s more recent accomplishments including Toyota and Mazda’s announcement to invest $1.6 billion in a plant in Huntsville Ala. resulting in 4,000 new jobs, the announcement to locate the F-35 fighter jet with the Alabama Air National Guard in Montgomery, as evidence of Shelby’s excellence as a legislative bread-winner for the state of Alabama.
“The BCA commends Senator Shelby for his extraordinary contributions, his dedication to our national security, and his service to the state of Alabama, its economy, and most importantly, its people,” said William J. Canary, President and CEO of BCA.