Colin Allred

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Colin Allred
Colin Allred for Congress.jpg
Member-elect of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Texas's 32nd district
Assuming office
January 3, 2019
SucceedingPete Sessions
Personal details
BornColin Zachary Allred
(1983-04-15) April 15, 1983 (age 35)
Dallas, Texas, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
EducationBaylor University (BA)
University of California, Berkeley (JD)
WebsiteCampaign website

Football career
No. 56
Personal information
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:238 lb (108 kg)
Career information
Career history
Tennessee Titans (20062010)
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at

Colin Zachary Allred (born April 15, 1983) is an American politician, attorney and former professional football player. He is the Democratic Congressman for the United States House of Representatives in Texas's 32nd congressional district. Allred is an attorney and former American football linebacker who played for the Tennessee Titans of the National Football League. 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 White House[1] and the U.S. Attorney's office.[2]

Football career[edit]

Allred attended Hillcrest High School in Dallas, Texas, and Baylor University. He played college football for the Baylor Bears as a linebacker, graduating in December 2005.[3]

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 pursued a law degree. After graduating from the UC Berkeley School of Law, 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.[4]

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.[4][5]

Political career[edit]

On April 21, 2017, Allred announced his campaign to challenge incumbent Republican Pete Sessions in 2018.[6] 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.[7] In the May 22 runoff election, Allred defeated Lewisville businesswoman Lillian Salerno, receiving 69.5% of the vote.[8]

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, and in 2016 Sessions was re-elected without facing a Democratic challenger.[9] Nevertheless, Allred's victory was considered an upset because Sessions has been in Congress since 1997 and has represented the 32nd District since 2003.[10]

On November 6, 2018, Allred was elected to the United States House of Representatives for the 32nd district of Texas.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Allred married Alexandra Eber on March 25, 2017.[12] As of November 2018, the couple is expecting a child.[2]


  1. ^ "Full list of White House summer interns for 2013". The Washington Post. July 12, 2013. Retrieved November 7, 2018.
  2. ^ a b Jeffers Jr., Gromer (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. ^ "2010 Tennessee Titans Media Guide" (PDF). Tennessee Titans. 2010. p. 38. Retrieved July 30, 2018.
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ "2015 Perkins Coie Diversity Year In Review". Perkins Coie. January 29, 2017.
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ 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.
  8. ^ "Texas Primary Runoff Election Results". The New York Times. May 29, 2018. Retrieved May 24, 2018.
  9. ^ 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.
  10. ^ Evans, Molly (November 7, 2018). "Texas Midterm Election Results: Abbott, Cruz Win Re-Election; Allred Beats Sessions". KERA-TV. Retrieved November 7, 2018.
  11. ^ 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.
  12. ^ "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.

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