Katie Britt

Katie Britt

Katie Elizabeth Britt

Katie Elizabeth Britt (née Boyd; born February 2, 1982) is an American politician and attorney serving since 2023 as the junior United States senator from Alabama. A member of the Republican Party, Britt is the first woman to be elected to the U.S. Senate from Alabama and the youngest Republican woman to be elected to the Senate.

Early life and education

Britt was born Katie Elizabeth Boyd on February 2, 1982, to Julian and Debra Boyd in Enterprise, Alabama. During her youth she worked at her family's business. Her family lived near Fort Novosel (formerly Fort Rucker) in Dale County, Alabama. Her father owned a hardware store and later a boat dealership; her mother owned a dance studio. A graduate of Enterprise High School, Britt was a cheerleader and one of 19 valedictorians. After graduating in 2000 she studied political science at the University of Alabama. She was elected president of the university's Student Government Association and graduated in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science. Later she attended the University of Alabama School of Law, graduating in 2013 with a Juris Doctor.

Law and public affairs career

After she graduated from the University of Alabama, Britt joined the staff of U.S. Senator Richard Shelby in May 2004 as deputy press secretary. She was promoted to press secretary there. In 2007, she left Shelby's staff and worked as a special assistant to University of Alabama president Robert Witt. At the University of Alabama School of Law, she participated in Tax Moot Court.

After law school, Britt first worked at Johnston Barton Proctor & Rose LLP in Birmingham. When the firm shut down in March 2014, Britt and 17 former employees joined the Birmingham office of Butler Snow LLP. She started the firm's government affairs branch. In November 2015, Britt took a leave of absence from Butler Snow to return to Shelby's staff, working on his reelection campaign as the deputy campaign manager and communications director.

In 2016, Shelby named Britt his chief of staff. She became a top advisor to Shelby and head of his Judicial Nomination Task Force. In December 2018, Britt was selected as president and CEO of the Business Council of Alabama, effective January 2. She was the first woman to lead the organization. Britt resigned from her positions at the Business Council of Alabama in June 2021, amid media speculation that she would run for the U.S. Senate.

U.S. Senate 2022 election

On June 8, 2021, Britt announced her candidacy in the Republican primary for the 2022 Senate election in Alabama. As a Senate candidate, Britt publicly aligned herself with former President Donald Trump. She advanced to a runoff in the Republican primary against Representative Mo Brooks. Britt defeated Brooks in the runoff on June 21, 2022, with 63% of the vote. She then handily won the general election on November 8.

Tenure

Britt took office on January 3, 2023. During her first month in office, she co-sponsored eight bills and visited the Mexico–United States border twice. In February 2023, CoinDesk reported that Britt was one of three members of Alabama's congressional delegation who received money from FTX, a defunct cryptocurrency exchange. As a member of the Senate Committee on Appropriations, Britt joined 22 other senators in March 2023 in calling for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution requiring a balanced budget each year. During the 2023 United States debt-ceiling crisis, Britt voted against the Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2023.

Response to 2024 State of the Union address

On March 7, 2024, Britt gave the Republican response to President Joe Biden's State of the Union Address. She criticized Biden's policies on immigration and the economy. After blaming Biden for the increase of migrants at the border, Britt mentioned a woman who had told her that she was "sex trafficked by the cartels starting at the age of 12". Fact-checking later revealed discrepancies in Britt's story.

Committee assignments

  • Committee on Appropriations
    • Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies
    • Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies
    • Subcommittee on Homeland Security
    • Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development
    • Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies
  • Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
    • Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Protection
    • Subcommittee on Housing, Transportation and Community Development
    • Subcommittee on National Security and International Trade and Finance
  • Committee on Rules and Administration
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