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Alabama’s Bright, Roby face runoff election: A look at the congressional candidates


Rep. Martha Roby (left) and former Rep. Bobby Bright (right) face off in a Republican runoff election in July. Roby beat Bright for the current seat in 2010.

Rep. Martha Roby (left) and former Rep. Bobby Bright (right) face off in a Republican runoff election in July. Roby beat Bright for the current seat in 2010.

In 2016, GOP Rep. Martha Roby said Donald Trump’s comments about women made him an “unacceptable” choice for president. Now, with Trump in the White House, Roby is at risk of losing her congressional seat.

Roby, who was first elected to Congress in 2010, faces a looming runoff election against former Rep. Bobby Bright, a Democrat-turned-Trump-supporting-Republican who once held that very seat.

In the June primary election, Roby garnered the most votes but could not secure enough to avoid a runoff with Bright. Whoever wins the July 17 runoff will face Democrat Tabitha Isner in the November general election.

The 2nd congressional district encompasses much of Montgomery and southeastern Alabama. Trump beat Democrat Hillary Clinton in Alabama with 62.9 percent of the vote, according to Fox News projections.

Read on for a look at both candidates.

Rep. Martha Roby has represented Alabama’s 2nd congressional district since 2011.

Rep. Martha Roby, 41, has represented Alabama’s 2nd congressional district since 2011. She touts her record as a “strong advocate for the unborn, a champion for veterans and farmers, and an effective messenger for the conservative cause” on her campaign website.

Roby serves on the House Committee on Appropriations and the House Judiciary Committee.

Prior to her time in Washington, Roby was an attorney and a city councilwoman in Montgomery. She received a bachelor’s degree in music from New York University before obtaining her law degree from Cumberland School of Law at Samford University.

When Roby first ran for Congress, she was pegged for the National Republican Congressional Committee’s “Young Gun” program, The New York Times reported at the time. She beat first-term congressman Bobby Bright – who she is running against again.

Roby withdrew her support for Trump in 2016 after the infamous “Access Hollywood” tape surfaced.


“Donald Trump’s behavior makes him unacceptable as a candidate for president, and I won’t vote for him,” Roby said in October 2016. “Hillary Clinton must not be president, but, with Trump leading the ticket, she will be.”

Despite Roby’s lack of support, Trump endorsed the incumbent congresswoman a few weeks before the runoff election, saying  she’s been “a consistent and reliable vote for our Make American Great Again Agenda.”

Congresswoman Martha Roby of Alabama has been a consistent and reliable vote for our Make America Great Again Agenda. She is in a Republican Primary run-off against a recent Nancy Pelosi voting Democrat. I fully endorse Martha for Alabama 2nd Congressional District!

During the campaign, Roby’s positioned herself as a supporter of many of Trump’s polices, including the building of a wall along the southern border. 

“My record is a strong conservative record that I stand by, that I believe does accurately represent the principles and priorities of the people in Alabama’s 2nd district – whether we’re talking about the military or farmers or veterans, fighting for the unborn,” Roby said at a campaign event, according to AL.com.

Former Rep. Bobby Bright is running for a seat he once held.

From 2009 to 2011, Bobby Bright, 65, represented Alabama’s 2nd district in Congress; prior to that, Bright led the city of Montgomery as its mayor. In both positions, Bright served as a Democrat.

But since 2018, Bright has been a registered Republican. And he’s banking on his voting record to prove he’s been a conservative all along.  

“I am a Republican. Get that clear and spread the word,” Bright reportedly said at a recent campaign event. “I am a Republican and I am proud of it, and I’ve been voting conservatively all my life. My conservative record is stronger than hers.”

“I will not let them taint me as a left-wing liberal,” Bright has also said, according to the Montgomery Advertiser. “People know Bobby Bright. They know I’m conservative.”

On his campaign website, Bright said was “an advocate for fiscal responsibility and sponsored a bill to balance the Federal Budget in order to cut wasteful spending” while he was in Congress.

GOP Primary Runoff in AL-02:
•Rep. Martha Roby vs. Former Rep. Bobby Bright
•2016: Roby un-endorsed Trump after “Access Hollywood” tape
•Jan 2009 – Jan 2011: Bright represented AL-02 as a Dem
•Bright was the only Dem elected in AL-02 in last 50 yrshttps://t.co/tmENMyb6mR

Bright was raised by sharecroppers with 13 other siblings in Alabama, according to his campaign website. Before he was mayor, he worked as an attorney. He received degrees from Auburn University, Troy State University and Jones Law Institute.


While Roby’s campaign website emphasizes her vision of “putting Alabama first,” Bright’s makes note of his “America First” policies.

“Bobby Bright agrees with President Trump that America must come first. We need to protect jobs in our own country and ensure our trade with foreign markets is beneficial to our interests and the issues at hand,” his website said. “Bobby wants to work with President Trump to Drain the Swamp and give the power back to the people.”

Like Roby, he also supports gun rights, anti-abortion policies and Alabama’s farmers.

Kaitlyn Schallhorn is a Reporter for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter: @K_Schallhorn.