Spencer Thomas Bachus, III is the United States Representative from the Sixth District of Alabama. The Alabama Republican was first elected to Congress in 1992. A graduate of Auburn University and the University of Alabama Law School, Bacchus is married to Linda Bacchus, has five children and attends a "megachurch" in Hoover, Alabama Hunter Street Baptist Church. That is where the votes are!
The Sixth District lies in the middle of the state and includes Ribb County and parts of Childton, Coosa, St. Clair, Jefferson, Shelby, and Tuscalosa counties. The principal towsn in the district are Alabaster, Clanton, Gardendale, Homewood, Hoover, Hueytown, Leeds, Mountain Brook, Pelham, Pell City, Pleasant Grove, and Tussville.
In late 2011, the Office of Congressional Ethics, an independent investigative agency, opened a probe of Bacchus, the Chair of the House Financial Services Committee, for possible insider-trading. Financial reports show him engaging in extensive options trading. Rep. Spencer Bachus Faces Insider-Trading Investigation Scott Higham. The Washington Post. February 9, 2012.
In comments following an April 9, 2009 breakfast speech at the Trussville Civic Center, Bachus stated that there were 17 socialists in the U.S. House of Representatives. "Some of the men and women I work with in Congress are socialists,"asserted the cranky Republican. Source However when he was ssked to name them he could only name a former Member of the House and now U.S. senator, Bernie Sanders of Vermont. Although it might make him sound like a crackpot to most of America, it is unlikely to hurt his reelection chances in the 6th District, which was ranked by the Cook Report as one of the five most Republican House Districts. Source. The five districts in the list are as follows:
Represents Finance CapitalEdit
Bachus is very popular with finance and insurance interests. In the 2005-2006 election cycle his top campaign contributors have included the Mortgage Bankers Assication of America ($10,000), Wachovia Corporation ($8,000), BellSouth Corporation ($7,500), MBNA Corporation ($7,000), Ernst & Young ($6,500), PricewaterhouseCoopers ($6,500), Independent Community Bankers of America ($6,000), AmSouth Bancorp ($5,400), AFLAC Inc. ($5,000) and Bank of America ($5,000). Well done Spencer!
- Daily Kos
- BACHUS, Spencer T., III from Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774-Present
- Campaign Contributions
- Voting record from Washington Post