Who's who in Calhoun County's political history
by Star staff
Aug 10, 2008 | 3087 views |  0 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The men from Calhoun County who served in the U.S. House early in the 1900s were all Democrats. For most of that time the current 3rd congressional district was known as the 4th. They included:

Sydney Johnston Bowie, an Anniston attorney first elected in 1901. He served four terms before retiring from the House for private legal practice in 1907.

Fred L. Blackmon, also of Anniston, was elected to Congress in 1911 and served until he died in office in 1921.

The former clerk of the circuit court of Calhoun County, Lamar Jeffers, was appointed to fill the term of Blackmon after he died.

Kenneth Roberts of Piedmont, who served from 1951 to 1965. During his career, he was a proponent of federal highway safety and air pollution regulations. In 1954 he was wounded in the leg when a group of Puerto Rican nationalists opened fire on House members from an observation deck inside the Capitol building.

Anniston's Arthur Glenn Andrews finally broke the Democrats' long hold on power in the district. In 1964, Andrews rode to office on a wave of support during Barry Goldwater's failed bid for president.

Bill Nichols unseated Andrews two years later. Nichols became one of Alabama's most influential leaders. He died in 1988.

Glen Browder, currently a professor at Jacksonville State and the naval Post Graduate School in Monterey, Calif., replaced Nichols. Browder, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, became an expert on military affairs. He vacated his seat in 1996 in an unsuccessful bid for the Senate.

Clay County's Bob Riley replaced Browder, serving until he ran for governor in 2002.

Calhoun County attorney Mike Rogers succeeded Riley. Rogers, too, has been very active in military issues, serving on both the Armed Services Committee and the Committee on Homeland Security. He also sits on the House Agricultural Committee.

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