Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) praised President Trump’s remarks at the U.S. Marine Corp Air Station Miramar in San Diego, California on creation of the Space Force:
“I applaud President Trump for calling for the Space Force, a modern military space program that would help protect America’s interests in space and keep us ahead of both China and Russia. With Marshall Space Flight Center in our backyard, the Tennessee Valley proudly embraces the creation of a new Space Force. After all, the road to the Space Force runs through the Tennessee Valley.
“Creation of a space military unit is something I’ve diligently worked with my colleague and fellow Alabamian, Congressman Mike Rogers to include in the 2018 NDAA passed by the House. I’m pleased to hear the President lend his support for the Space Force.”
In his speech President Trump stated, “My new national strategy for space recognizes space is a war fighting domain just like the air, land, and sea. We may even have a Space Force—develop another one—Space Force. We’ll have the Air Force, we’ll have the Space Force. We have the Army, the Navy.”
Washington, DC – Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) is honored to be one of only two Congressmen (out of 435) to be awarded the 2018 American Trade Hero Award from the Coalition for a Prosperous America (“CPA”), a nonprofit organization that represents 4.1 million American workers and their families.
Michael Stumo, CEO of CPA stated, “We are honored to present Representatives Dan Lipinski and Mo Brooks with our 2018 American Trade Hero Award. Their unwavering commitment to supporting America’s producers is truly commendable. CPA is hopeful that other members of Congress will follow their leadership on these crucial issues.”
"The American Trade Hero award is presented by CPA to Representatives or Senators who take action to correct failed trade policies, and who support domestic producers fighting for survival in the face of foreign mercantilism," said Dan DiMicco, Chairman of CPA and Chairman Emeritus of Nucor Steel. “Congressmen Lipinski and Brooks understand that trade deficits are killing American jobs and are working hard to fix the problem."
Congressman Brooks said, “I thank Dan DiMicco, Michael Stumo and the Coalition for a Prosperous America for their kind recognition of my work on behalf of America. They are an effective non-partisan organization that seeks new and positive U.S. trade, tax, and economic policies that deliver prosperity and security to America. It is long past time for America to focus on growing our domestic manufacturing and industries to make Americans more prosperous. America simply cannot afford to continue to hemorrhage $800 billion per year in goods trade deficits. Over the long haul, that unfair trade imbalance is a disaster for America and American workers. Balanced and reciprocal trading relationships are essential for achieving economic growth. I will continue to work for trade policies that put American industry and citizens first.”
Washington, DC – Following the retirement announcement of NASA Acting Administrator Robert Lightfoot, Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) issued the following statement:
“For years, NASA has benefited from Robert Lightfoot’s leadership, both at Marshall Space Flight Center and at NASA headquarters. Robert has been integral in achieving NASA’s numerous missions, and I commend him for his many years of dedicated service to America.
“As Vice-Chair of the Space Subcommittee on the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee, I look forward to working closely with President Trump’s nominee to lead the agency. The Senate has now failed to act on President Trump’s nominee for 193 days and counting—far longer than the 45 days it typically takes to confirm a NASA administrator. Prior to this Administration, the longest NASA had endured without a Senate confirmed administrator was 80 days. The Senate should swiftly confirm President Trump’s nominee for the sake of NASA’s mission success and its employees.”
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On November 6, 2012, Congressman Mo Brooks (R-AL) was re-elected as the Representative for Alabama’s 5th Congressional District. He proudly represents the people of North Alabama and serves on three important committees: Armed Services, Science, Space, and Technology, and Foreign Affairs.
As a sophomore member, Congressman Brooks is highly active and engaged in representing the interests of the 5th District. Brooks supports America’s missile defense technologies; he introduced successful legislation in 2011 and 2012 that blocked the White House from sharing classified missile technologies with Russia, and was adapted into the National Defense Authorization Act in FY2012. Rep. Brooks is also a vocal opponent of sequestration, voting against the Budget Control Act and called upon Administration officials to account for the consequences of sequestration in a HASC Strategic Forces Subcommittee hearing on April 18, 2012.
During his first year on the Hill, Brooks founded and became co-chairman of the Army Aviation Caucus, a forum in which Members of Congress, staff, and Army leadership raise awareness for Army Aviation and seek to affect legislative priorities. The Caucus now includes more than 50 members and is one of the most active caucuses on Capitol Hill.
Growing up in North Alabama, Mo Brooks’ parents taught him early on that study and hard work were expected and required. They also taught him the importance of honesty, and to never be shy about speaking up and fighting for important principles. Brooks was born in 1954 in Charleston, South Carolina, and moved in 1963 to Huntsville, Alabama. Rep. Brooks’ father, Jack Brooks, retired from Redstone Arsenal’s Metrology Center. Brooks’ mother, Betty Brooks, taught economics and government for over 20 years at Lee High School. They still live in Madison County.
Rep. Brooks graduated from Grissom High School in 1972 (where he was all-city in baseball and an active member on two state championship debate teams). He graduated from Duke University in three years with a double major in political science and economics, with highest honors in economics. In 1978, he graduated from the University of Alabama Law School.
After graduation, Rep. Brooks worked as a prosecutor in the Tuscaloosa District Attorney’s office, where he built a solid “tough-on-crime” reputation. While there, he obtained guilty verdicts in every one of the 20-plus jury trials he prosecuted. He also organized and managed the grand jury.
Rep. Brooks left the Tuscaloosa District Attorney’s office in 1980 to return to Huntsville as a law clerk for presiding Circuit Court Judge John David Snodgrass. In 1982, Brooks was elected to the Alabama House of Representatives and became one of 11 Republican legislators (out of 140 total) and the only elected Republican legislator north of Birmingham.
Brooks was reelected to the Alabama House in 1983, 1986, and 1990. While in the legislature, he was elected Republican House Caucus Chairman three times and was ranked number one (out of 140 legislators) by the Alabama Taxpayers’ Defense Fund in the fight to protect family incomes from higher taxes. He was also ranked in the top 20 percent by Alabama Alliance of Business & Industry on pro-jobs, tort reform, and free enterprise issues and was recognized as one of the legislature’s most effective legislators by Alabama Magazine.
In 1991, Brooks was appointed Madison County District Attorney. In 1996, he ran for the Madison County Commission and unseated an eight-year incumbent Republican. He was reelected to the Commission in 2000, 2004, and 2008. During every year except when he was serving as a prosecutor or court clerk, Brooks held a second job in private practice. In 1995-1996, he was appointed Special Assistant Attorney General for then Attorney General Jeff Sessions and, from 1996-2002, was appointed Special Assistant Attorney General for then Attorney General Bill Pryor.
In 1976, Mo Brooks married Martha Jenkins of Toledo; they met at Duke University. Martha graduated from the University of Alabama with an accounting degree. She later retired as a certified public accountant and obtained a math and education major from the University of Alabama in Huntsville in 2005. She taught math at Whitesburg Middle School. Mo and Martha are the proud parents of four children and grandparents of four grandchildren. Rep. Brooks was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives on November 2, 2010.
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