“To say Senator Shelby committed his career to the betterment of his state and nation would a huge understatement. His retirement is well earned, and his work should be celebrated.”
“As we bid farewell to Senator Shelby, I encourage all my colleagues to honor his legacy by following his example. Put your family, your country, and your principles first — and the rest will fall into place.”
WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator Tommy Tuberville (R-AL) today spoke on the Senate floor to recognize Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL) for his decades of service in Congress and commitment to bettering the lives of Alabamians. Senator Tuberville spoke about Senator Shelby’s dedication to national defense, manufacturing, infrastructure, and education.
Excerpts from Senator Tuberville’s speech can be found below, and his full remarks can be viewed here.
“It was quite the transition from college football to politics, but I jumped into the ring because I care deeply about the future of our nation — and I realized very quickly, so does Richard Shelby. My transition to public office was supported by some great advisors who shared my belief in America. Chief among those allies is Senator Shelby…Congress is like a football team, has a lot of great players in different positions. But to come together, form a game plan, and get some wins for our country, those players need good coaches. Senator Shelby has been one of the best.”
“To say Senator Shelby committed his career to the betterment of his state and the nation would be a huge understatement. His retirement is well earned, and his work should be celebrated. So, today, I want to honor the countless hours — countless hours — he has spent fighting for Alabama, and the many achievements he has championed for the betterment of all Americans. Senator Shelby’s work has hit almost every corner of Alabama…His focus on national defense, manufacturing, infrastructure, and education will be the hallmarks of his legacy.”
“First, Senator Shelby’s commitment to our state’s defense industry is second — and I mean — second-to-none. His support for America’s military and belief in the abilities of Alabamians cemented our state’s role as a leader in America’s national defense infrastructure…Second, thanks to Senator Shelby’s commitment to bringing jobs and industry to Alabama, our state has also grown into one of the country’s leading manufacturing hubs…Third, that growth would not be possible without solid infrastructure, which Senator Shelby has helped build for decades… Fourth, all of this growth — in defense, manufacturing, infrastructure, and more — would mean nothing without the talented men and women who serve our military, lead our companies, and pioneer the new industries driving economic development. That talent and those are cultivated through education — and Senator Shelby believes in the value of a quality education.”
“As we bid farewell to Senator Shelby, I encourage all my colleagues to honor his legacy by following his example. Put your family, your country, and your principles first — and the rest will fall into place. We all know public service is not just a burden of time and effort for the servant, but also for their families. So, to Dr. [Annette] Shelby — thank you for your steadfast service to our state alongside your husband. And, to Senator Shelby — thank you for your mentorship over the past two years. I will use these lessons learned by serving you for the rest of my time in the Senate and beyond.”
Senator Tommy Tuberville represents Alabama in the United States Senate and is a member of the Senate Armed Services, Agriculture, Veterans’ Affairs, and HELP Committees.