Congressional Member Spotlight: Martha Roby
Former Montgomery Council Member Martha Roby was sworn in as a member of the 112th U.S. Congress on Wednesday, January 5, 2011. The Freshman Congressman was elected by Alabama’s Second Congressional District in the November 2010 General Election to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives, where she serves on the House Armed Services Committee, the House Committee on Agriculture and the Education and Workforce Committee.
Prior to being sworn into Congress, Roby served on the Montgomery City Council representing Council District Seven. During her tenure on the
Montgomery City Council, Roby opposed tax increases regularly and offered solutions to reduce government spending. Roby chaired a committee on
immigration and worked to adopt an ordinance to comply with federal law and prohibit businesses from harboring illegal aliens. Her efforts resulted in a local sales tax holiday and tougher measures in Alabama’s landlord–tenant laws. Roby earned a law degree in 2001 from Cumberland School of Law at Samford University in Birmingham, Ala. She practiced law at Copeland, Franco, Screws & Gill, P.A. and remains a member in good standing with the Alabama and Mississippi bar associations. Roby is married to Riley Roby and they have two children, Margaret and George.
What are your thoughts on Cap and Trade?
Cap-and-Trade is a policy that punishes businesses. It is a job destroying legislation that creates higher electric rates and higher gas prices. I oppose Cap-and-
Trade because it is a national energy tax that will cost consumers every time they turn on a light switch, and will kill jobs at a time when we can least afford it.
Do you feel Cap-and-Trade legislation will be a focus of the 112th Congress?
Cap-and-Trade hurts jobs, businesses and our farmers. It was a Democrat initiative that died in the House last session. This Congressional session will be dedicated to cutting spending and passing initiatives that create jobs and help businesses. In the midst of tough economic times like these, we must be concentrating on creating jobs, not creating legislation that kills them.
What was the best part of your swearing-in ceremony?
On January 5, 2011, I had the honor and privilege to take the oath of office to serve you and our country in the 112th Congress. It was a great day for our state, and
a great day for our country. Now that the events surrounding the swearing-in are completed, we’re working on getting our Congress back on track.
How are you adjusting to life in our Nation’s Capitol?
The first order of business in the new Congress was voting on the new House rules. The rules call for a bold new calendar for the House. The calendar is a great accomplishment and allows me more time to spend with you in your area. I live in Montgomery with my family and travel to Washington, D.C., each week. To best represent the people who live and work in Alabama’s Second District I must meet with you and listen to you so that I can best represent your needs.
What would you like Electric Cities of Alabama members to know about you?
My top priorities are repealing job killing legislation, cutting wasteful spending, and restoring transparency and accountability in the people’s House of Representatives. My Republican colleagues and I will focus on initiatives that unleash the private sector to create jobs and foster an environment for energy independence. My objectives are to support solutions that reduce spending and decrease the deficit to help businesses and farms in our Second District succeed.
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