Colin Allred

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Colin Allred
Colin Allred, official portrait, 116th Congress.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Texas's 32nd district
Assumed office
January 3, 2019
Preceded byPete Sessions
Personal details
Born
Colin Zachary Allred

(1983-04-15) April 15, 1983 (age 36)
Dallas, Texas, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)
Alexandra Eber (m. 2017)
EducationBaylor University (BA)
University of California, Berkeley (JD)
WebsiteHouse website

Football career
No. 56
Position:Linebacker
Personal information
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:238 lb (108 kg)
Career information
High school:Hillcrest (Dallas, Texas)
College:Baylor
Undrafted:2006
Career history
Tennessee Titans (20062010)
Career NFL statistics
Tackles:41
Sacks:0.0
INTs:0
Player stats at NFL.com

Colin Zachary Allred (born April 15, 1983) is an American politician, civil rights attorney and former professional football player. A member of the Democratic Party, he is currently serving as the U.S. Representative for Texas's 32nd congressional district. The district covers the northeastern corner of Dallas, as well as many of its northeastern suburbs such as Garland, Richardson, the Park Cities and Rowlett.

Allred is an attorney and former American football linebacker who played for the Tennessee Titans of the National Football League (NFL). Allred left football to pursue a degree in law, receiving his J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, followed by positions in both the Obama administration[1] and the U.S. Attorney's office.[2]

Football career[edit]

Allred attended Hillcrest High School in Dallas, and Baylor University. He played college football for the Baylor Bears as a linebacker. In December 2005, Allred graduated from Baylor with a B.A. in history.[3][4]

Allred (#56) on a defensive play during Tennessee Titans training camp in 2008

Allred was signed by the Tennessee Titans as an undrafted free agent following the 2006 NFL Draft on May 4, 2006. He was waived on August 29 but was re-signed on January 26, 2007. Next, Allred was waived on September 1 during final cuts, and was subsequently signed to the practice squad on September 2. He was promoted to the active roster on December 15 and was re-signed on February 17, 2010.[citation needed]

Law career[edit]

Following his football career, Allred enrolled in law school. After graduating from the UC Berkeley School of Law in 2014,[4] Allred worked as a special assistant in the Department of Housing and Urban Development's Office of General Counsel alongside then-Secretary Julian Castro in the administration of President Barack Obama.[5]

Subsequently, Allred worked as an attorney at the Perkins Coie law firm, where he was a voting rights litigator and counsel to clients including national and state political candidates and advocacy organizations.[5][6]

Politico described him as a "civil rights attorney."[7]

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

On April 21, 2017, Allred announced his campaign to challenge incumbent Republican Pete Sessions in 2018.[8] In a crowded Democratic primary which included two other Obama-administration alums, Allred finished first, by 20 points, but did not get 50 percent of the vote.[9] In the May 22 runoff election, Allred defeated Lewisville businesswoman Lillian Salerno, receiving 69.5% of the vote.[10]

Allred faced long-time incumbent Sessions for the 32nd District seat. As of the November 2016 election, this was considered a swing district because Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton received marginally more votes than Donald Trump even as Sessions was reelected with no major-party opposition.[11] Allred has described himself as a moderate Democrat.[7]

On November 6, 2018, Allred was elected to the United States House of Representatives for the 32nd district of Texas.[12] Allred's victory was considered an upset because Sessions has been in Congress since 1997 and has represented the 32nd District since 2003.[13] He became the second person to represent this district since it was created in 2003, and the first Democrat. Sessions had represented the neighboring 5th District, and transferred to the 32nd after it was seemingly made less Republican in redistricting.

In February 2019, Allred endorsed fellow Texan and former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro for the Democratic nomination in the 2020 Democratic presidential primaries.[14]

Tenure[edit]

Allred was elected in November 2018 as co-president of the 116th Congressional Freshman Class, alongside fellow Obama administration alumna Haley Stevens of Michigan.[15]

Committee assignments[edit]

Caucus memberships[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Allred married Alexandra Eber on March 25, 2017.[16] Their son, Jordan, was born on February 12, 2019.[17]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Full list of White House summer interns for 2013". The Washington Post. July 12, 2013. Retrieved November 7, 2018.
  2. ^ Jeffers, Gromer Jr. (October 21, 2018). "Colin Allred is a son of his Dallas district. Can he unseat the man who's represented it for decades?". The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved November 7, 2018.
  3. ^ "Colin Allred". Tennessee Titans. Archived from the original on January 6, 2011. Retrieved June 23, 2019.
  4. ^ a b http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=A000376
  5. ^ a b Chung, Renwei (February 9, 2018). "Berkeley Law Alum And Former NFL Player Colin Allred On Following Obama, The American Dream, And His Path Back To Dallas". Above the Law.
  6. ^ "2015 Perkins Coie Diversity Year In Review". Perkins Coie. January 29, 2017.
  7. ^ a b Caygle, Heather (November 24, 2018). "It's not just Ocasio-Cortez: Here are 7 freshman Democrats to watch". Politico. Retrieved December 9, 2018.
  8. ^ Jeffers Jr., Gromer (April 19, 2017). "Former NFL player Colin Allred launches campaign to unseat Pete Sessions". The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved January 15, 2018.
  9. ^ Jeffers Jr., Gromer (May 22, 2018). "Colin Allred beats Lillian Salerno for chance to unseat incumbent Republican Pete Sessions | 2018 Elections". The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved May 24, 2018.
  10. ^ "Texas Primary Runoff Election Results". The New York Times. May 29, 2018. Retrieved May 24, 2018.
  11. ^ Livingston, Abby (May 22, 2018). "Texas congressional Democratic runoff results: Lizzie Pannill Fletcher and Gina Ortiz Jones win". The Texas Tribune. Retrieved May 24, 2018.
  12. ^ Schwartz, Brian (November 6, 2018). "Democrat and ex-NFL player Colin Allred projected to beat longtime GOP Rep. Pete Sessions in Texas". CNBC. Retrieved November 8, 2018.
  13. ^ Evans, Molly (November 7, 2018). "Texas Midterm Election Results: Abbott, Cruz Win Re-Election; Allred Beats Sessions". KERA-TV. Retrieved November 7, 2018.
  14. ^ Montellaro, Zach (February 20, 2019). "Sanders sprints out of the gate in his presidential bid". Politico. Retrieved February 22, 2019.
  15. ^ Gillman, Todd J. (November 28, 2018). "Colin Allred elected freshman class co-president by new Democrats in Congress". The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved November 30, 2018.
  16. ^ "Colin Allred & Alexandra Eber Engagement Announcement". The Dallas Morning News. April 30, 2017. Archived from the original on August 28, 2017. Retrieved January 15, 2018.
  17. ^ Garcia, Eric (February 13, 2019). "Colin Allred welcomes new child". The Hill. Retrieved February 17, 2019.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Pete Sessions
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Texas's 32nd congressional district

2019–present
Incumbent
U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Steven Horsford
United States Representatives by seniority
348th
Succeeded by
Kelly Armstrong