HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - Though his opponent recently declared that “being an incumbent becomes a weakness after a time,” Mo Brooks once again showed his strength in the U.S. House of Representatives race for Alabama’s District 5.
Brooks, a 62-year-old Republican from Huntsville, will be returning to Washington for his fourth term, defeating Democratic challenger Dr. Will Boyd of Florence.
With 137 of 215 precincts reporting, Brooks owned 67 percent of the vote and The Associated Press has declared him the winner.
In his home county of Madison, Brooks had 62 percent, with 87 percent reporting.
"On a personal level, I want to thank the people of the Tennessee Valley for allowing me to serve them in Washington, D.C. for another two years," said Rep. Brooks. It's quite an honor amid very frustrating and challenging circumstances, given what's been going on in Washington for the last five to six years."
His overall total was a considerably smaller margin than his 2014 victory over independent Mark Bray, when Brooks collected 75 percent of the vote.
Brooks serves on three key Congressional committees with great influence over the North Alabama community, Armed Services, Science, Space, and Technology, and Foreign Affairs. He also founded the Army Aviation Caucus.
Brooks began his life in public service at the Tuscaloosa District Attorney’s office, then served three terms in the Alabama House of Representatives. He was later appointed Madison County District Attorney, then was elected four times to the Madison County Commission before running for Congress in 2010.
The early stages of Brooks’ most recent term was marked by several controversial statements and he was at the forefront of immigration reform, championing the cause against illegal immigrants. In a June radio show, Brooks claimed that Muslims would “kill every homosexual in the United States of America.”
However, with Boyd only able to launch a modest campaign, Brooks maintained a low profile without inflammatory statements.
Boyd, the pastor of St. Mark’s Missionary Baptist Church in Florence, had political experience in Illinois before moving to Alabama. He was a city councilman in Greenville, Ill., and ran for U.S. Senate as an independent to fill the seat vacated by Barack Obama when he ran for president.
In other another race involving a strong incumbent force, Sen. Richard Shelby, a Republican, won easily over Ron Crumpton.
Rep. Robert Aderholt, a Republican who represents Alabama's District 4 in the U.S. House of Representatives, ran unopposed.
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