Martha Roby J.D. ’01 is in her second term serving the people of Alabama’s Second Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. Prior to being elected to Congress, Roby worked as an attorney and served as a city councilwoman in her hometown of Montgomery, Ala.
In the House, Roby has been a forceful advocate for cutting wasteful spending to balance the budget, reducing the national debt and eliminating bureaucratic red tape that limits the private sector’s ability to get Americans back to work. In December 2013, Roby received a spot on the prestigious House Committee on Appropriations, which has oversight on the whole range of government spending. Roby is the first representative from the Second District to serve on this key congressional committee.
Her distinction as a leader was apparent early upon going to Capitol Hill; Republican leaders selected Roby as one of four freshman members to serve on the majority transition team. Prior to her move to the appropriations committee, Roby served as chair of a subcommittee on military oversight and investigations, a rare honor for a second term member of Congress.
Roby obtained a bachelor of music degree from New York University in 1998 and her law degree from Cumberland School of Law at Samford University in 2001. Prior to her entry into public service, she practiced law at Copeland, Franco, Screws & Gill, P.A., and remains a member in good standing with the Alabama and Mississippi bar associations.
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