Morris Jackson \”Mo\” Brooks Jr. is an American attorney and politician. He has served as the U.S. Representative for Alabama’s 5th congressional district since 2011. Brooks is married to Betty J. Brooks, who taught economics and government for over twenty years at Lee High School.
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Morris Jackson \”Mo\” Brooks Jr. is an American attorney and politician. He has served as the United States Representative for Alabama’s 5th congressional district since 2011. Brooks was born in 1954 in Charleston, South Carolina and moved to Huntsville, Alabama in 1963. He graduated from Grissom High School in 1972 and Duke University in three years with a double major in political science and economics, with highest honors in economics. Brooks started his legal career with the Tuscaloosa district attorney’s office. In 1982, Brooks was elected to the Alabama House of Representatives and was subsequently re-elected in 1983, 1986, and 1990. In 1996, Brooks ran for the Madison County commission and unseated an 8-year incumbent Republican. He was reelected to the commission in 2000, 2004, and 2008. In 2006, Brooks unsuccessfully sought the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor of Alabama, coming in third place behind eventual nominee Luther Strange and former state treasurer George Wallace, Jr. In 2012, Parker Griffith, having switched parties, filed for a rematch against Brooks in the Republican primary. Brooks defeated the rematch 71%–29% by a margin of 42 points. In the November 6, 2018, general election, Brooks faced Democratic candidate Peter Joffrion and defeated him by 159,062 to 159,3rion. In March 2018, he was rated the House’s least bipartisan or most partisan member by The Lugar Center. Brooks is a plaintiff in a lawsuit filed against the U. S. Department of Commerce and the Census Bureau that challenges the practice of including undocumented people in the census.
He is married to Betty J. Brooks, who taught economics and government for over twenty years at Lee High School. His father, Morris Jackson \”Jack\” Brooks, was raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and worked as an electrical engineer before retiring from Redstone Arsenal’s Meteorology Center. In 1992, Brooks lost to Democrat Tim Morgan for the office of Madison County district attorney. He became the first freshman Republican to represent this district since Reconstruction. Brooks won all five counties of the counties he ran four points worse than he had in the 2010 primary in the November 4, 2014 election. He said of the incumbent, “We’ll contrast my time in Congress with my opponent’s time in congress. The distinction is clear… He has wandered away from many of the issues people want us to address” Brooks carried the support of Phyllis Schlafly’s Eagle Forum political action committee away from the incumbent Parker Griffith. Brooks won the general election 71% –29%, a margin of 42% to 102,234 to 102,000. In November 2014, Brooks defeated Democratic candidate Will Boyd Jr. 58%–42%. He became a partner in the firm which was reorganized as Leo & Brooks, LLC. He was appointed state special assistant attorney general for Alabama attorney general Jeff Sessions. From 1996 to 2002, Brooks served as special assistantAttorney general for attorney general Bill Pryor.