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Phone: 202-225-2901

Address: 428 CHOB, DC 20515

Websites: roby.house.gov
State Office Contact Information

Phone: (334) 794-9680

Address: 217 Graceland Drive, Dothan AL 36305-7376

Montgomery AL

Phone: (334) 277-9113

Fax: (334) 277-8534

Address: 401 Adams Avenue, Montgomery AL 36104-4325

Andalusia AL

Phone: (334) 428-1129

Fax: (334) 222-3342

Address: 505 East Three Notch Street, Andalusia AL 63420-3129

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Martha Roby Biography
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  • Elected: 2010, 2nd term.
  • District: Alabama 2
  • Born: Jul. 26, 1976, Montgomery
  • Home: Montgomery
  • Education:

    New York U., B.A. 1998; Samford U., J.D. 2001.

  • Professional Career:

    Practicing atty., 2002-04.

  • Political Career:

    Montgomery City Cncl., 2003-10.

  • Ethnicity: White/Caucasian
  • Religion:

    Presbyterian

  • Family: Married (Riley); 2 children

In her second term, Alabama 2nd District Republican Martha Roby has won notice as an articulate conservative in a party trying to reach out to women voters, but she has drawn some flak from the tea party wing for being insufficiently committed to its agenda. Read More

In her second term, Alabama 2nd District Republican Martha Roby has won notice as an articulate conservative in a party trying to reach out to women voters, but she has drawn some flak from the tea party wing for being insufficiently committed to its agenda.

Roby is the daughter of Joel Dubina, a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit. She grew up in Montgomery and received a bachelor’s degree in music from New York University in 1998. After earning a law degree from Samford University in Birmingham, she returned to her hometown to practice law. In 2003, she was elected to the Montgomery City Council. In that role, she led efforts to adopt an ordinance barring city businesses from hiring undocumented workers. In 2007, she won a second term in a landslide election, garnering 82% of the vote.

Immigration emerged as a major issue in her 2010 House race against Democratic incumbent Rep. Bobby Bright. A former mayor of Montgomery, Bright criticized Roby for moving too slowly on her undocumented workers initiative. The National Republican Congressional Committee, which helped Roby, branded the incumbent a “flip-flopper” because he expressed misgivings in a Washington Post story about Arizona’s law giving law enforcement significant new powers to crack down on illegal immigrants.

Roby and the Republicans kept Bright on the defensive. He felt it necessary to become the first Democrat to announce he would not vote for a second time to elect California liberal Nancy Pelosi as speaker of the House. In one campaign ad, Bright boasted of having voted with then-House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, 80% of the time. He also played up his endorsements from the National Rifle Association and the National Right to Life PAC. He sometimes campaigned in a “Fire Congress” T-shirt.

The race attracted the attention of some Republican heavyweights, including former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich of Georgia, both of whom endorsed Roby. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee spent about $1 million for Bright. But Roby won in a close race, 51%-49%.

Roby got seats on three committees: House Agriculture, Armed Services, and Education and the Workforce. Agriculture is of particular interest to her district, with its large number of peanut growers. After meeting with local farmers, she raised their concerns about the Conservation Reserve Program at a committee hearing with Department of Agriculture administrators. The program is set up to encourage soil conservation, but some farmers argue that it is taking too much land out of production. In addition, her spot on the Armed Services Committee has enabled her to advocate for the Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base and Army post at Fort Rucker in her district. After a bipartisan deal was reached between the Republican leadership and President Barack Obama to raise the debt ceiling, Roby said she voted against final passage because she feared that it could lead to severe defense cuts. “This bill goes much too far,” she said in a statement, arguing that it could result in “devastating and unjustified cuts to our national security.”

Her votes in Congress have already garnered some criticism from the conservative wing of her party. In September 2011, Roby was the subject of a derisive blog post by Erick Erickson of the influential RedState.com. “She has carried water for the leadership” and “betrayed her conservative constituents,” he charged. But Politico named her the most underrated member of the 2010 freshman class in December of that year, saying, “If she’s able to win reelection, she could be a leader of her party.” Recognizing her appeal to younger voters, Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign brought her to North Carolina to stump on his behalf at a September 2012 rally.

To buy Roby some extra insurance after her close defeat of Bright in 2010, Republican redistricters in Alabama shifted the most heavily black Montgomery precincts from the 2nd District to the 7th District. The move ensured that no Democrat, not even Bright, would ever have a chance there again, and Roby in 2012 sailed to reelection over Therese Ford, a retired state government worker, with 64%. Within a week of her victory, she made a bid to join the House Republican leadership, running for GOP conference vice chair, but lost to the slightly more senior Lynn Jenkins of Kansas.

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Martha Roby Election Results
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2012 General
Martha Roby (R)
Votes: 180,591
Percent: 63.66%
Therese Ford (D)
Votes: 103,092
Percent: 36.34%
2012 Primary
Martha Roby (R)
Unopposed
Prior Winning Percentages
2010 (51%)
Martha Roby Votes and Bills
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National Journal’s rating system is an objective method of analyzing voting. The liberal score means that the lawmaker’s votes were more liberal than that percentage of his colleagues’ votes. The conservative score means his votes were more conservative than that percentage of his colleagues’ votes. The composite score is an average of a lawmaker’s six issue-based scores. See all NJ Voting

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2013 2012 2011
Economic 38 (L) : 61 (C) 33 (L) : 64 (C) 10 (L) : 83 (C)
Social 16 (L) : 74 (C) 25 (L) : 74 (C) 31 (L) : 65 (C)
Foreign 24 (L) : 68 (C) 20 (L) : 73 (C) 9 (L) : 86 (C)
Composite 29.2 (L) : 70.8 (C) 27.8 (L) : 72.2 (C) 19.3 (L) : 80.7 (C)
Interest Group Ratings

The vote ratings by 10 special interest groups provide insight into a lawmaker’s general ideology and the degree to which he or she agrees with the group’s point of view. Two organizations provide just one combined rating for 2011 and 2012, the two sessions of the 112th Congress. They are the ACLU and the ITIC. About the interest groups.

20112012
FRC9066
LCV116
CFG5862
ITIC-75
NTU7068
20112012
COC94-
ACLU-0
ACU8476
ADA00
AFSCME0-
Key House Votes

The key votes show how a member of Congress voted on the major bills of the year. N indicates a "no" vote; Y a "yes" vote. If a member voted "present" or was absent, the bill caption is not shown. For a complete description of the bills included in key votes, see the Almanac's Guide to Usage.

    • Pass GOP budget
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • End fiscal cliff
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Extend payroll tax cut
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Find AG in contempt
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Stop student loan hike
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Repeal health care
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Raise debt limit
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Pass cut, cap, balance
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Defund Planned Parenthood
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Repeal lightbulb ban
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Add endangered listings
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Speed troop withdrawal
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
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