Roby, Rogers, Sewell win new terms
WASHINGTON – The Montgomery area's congressional delegation remains unchanged after all three House members won re-election Tuesday night.
The public's generally sour mood toward Congress did not affect Reps. Martha Roby, Terri Sewell or Mike Rogers. All three will return to Washington for another two-year term.
Republicans Roby and Rogers won by huge margins against Democrats with little name recognition and shoestring budgets. Sewell, a Democrat, was unopposed.
Roby, R-Montgomery, was leading Erick Wright, 64 percent to 36 percent, with 84 percent of the precincts reporting.
Roby's third term will include time in the national spotlight as a member of a special House committee created by Republicans to investigate the 2012 attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya. The work done by the panel's seven Republicans and five Democrats could be an issue in the 2016 presidential elections.
"This is an historic election. I hope the results will make it clear that the status quo in Washington is unacceptable," Roby said Tuesday night in a written statement.
Roby also will continue overseeing reforms at the Central Alabama Veterans Health System, which has been plagued by problems involving patient access and misconduct by employees.
Roby represents the 2nd Congressional District, which includes parts of Montgomery and the wiregrass area of southeastern Alabama.
With 87 percent of the vote counted, Rogers, R-Saks, was leading with 65 percent of the vote over Democrat Jesse Smith, who had 35 percent. Rogers will be the second-most-senior member of Alabama's House delegation when he starts his seventh term in January.
He is expected to continue as chairman of the Armed Services Subcommittee on Strategic Forces overseeing ballistic missile and nuclear weapons programs, mostly behind closed doors in classified settings. His seniority on the Armed Services committee also will involve him in looming debates over downsizing the military and in shielding Maxwell Air Force Base and Gunter Annex and the Anniston Army Depot from spending cuts.
Rogers represents Alabama's 3rd District, which includes the eastern portion of Montgomery County and most of east Alabama.
Sewell, D-Birmingham, returns for a third term and remains the only Democrat in Alabama's congressional delegation. The distinction has made her an important link to President Barack Obama's administration, especially when it comes to appointing federal judges. Alabama has several judicial vacancies and Sewell has been lobbying the White House to nominate more African-Americans.
Sewell's 7th District, the only one of Alabama's seven districts that was drawn to have a majority black population, includes western Montgomery and most of western Alabama.