Morris Jackson "Mo" Brooks, Jr. (born April 29, 1954) is the U.S. Representative for Alabama's 5th congressional district. He is a member of the Republican Party.
Brooks was born in 1954 in Charleston, South Carolina,and moved to Huntsville, Alabama, in 1963. His father, Jack Brooks, was raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and worked as an electrical engineer before retiring from Redstone Arsenal's Metrology Center. His mother, Betty Brooks, taught economics and government for over 20 years at Lee High School. They still live in Madison County, Alabama.
Brooks graduated from Grissom High School in 1972. He graduated from Duke University in three years with a double major in political science and economics. Brooks later graduated from the University of Alabama School of Law in 1978.
Brooks started his legal career with the Tuscaloosa District Attorney’s office. 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 was subsequently re-elected in 1983, 1986 and 1990. While in the legislature, Brooks was elected Republican House Caucus Chairman three times.
In 1991, Brooks was appointed Madison County District Attorney.
In 1992, he ran for the office, but lost to Democrat Tim Morgan; a Republican had not been elected to the office since the Reconstruction era.
In 1995–1996, Mo Brooks was appointed special assistant attorney general for then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions. From 1996–2002, he was appointed special assistant attorney general for then Attorney General Bill Pryor.
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.
During every year except when he was serving as a prosecutor or court clerk, Brooks held a second job in private practice. He maintains a national practice that specializes in commercial litigation.
In the November 2, 2010, general election, Brooks defeated Democratic nominee Steve Raby 58% to 42%. In the June 1, 2010, GOP primary Brooks defeated Republican incumbent Parker Griffith. Larry Sabato, Charlie Cook, and Real Clear Politics rated this race "Likely Republican". CQPolitics, Stuart Rothenberg, and the New York Times rated the race "Safe Republican". Nate Silver in the FiveThirtyEight.com New York Times blog predicted that there was a 94.1% chance that Brooks would defeat Raby. Brooks easily defeated Raby with 57 percent of the vote, becoming the first freshman Republican to represent this district since Reconstruction.
In the primary, Brooks received 51% of the vote, narrowly avoiding a run-off. Griffith received 33% of the primary vote while conservative activist Les Phillip received 16%. Brooks was named a "Young Gun" by the Republican National Committee in 2010.
In April 2011, Brooks stated, during a congressional speech, "Folks, we are here today forcing this issue because America is at risk.
We are at risk of insolvency and bankruptcy because the socialist members of this body choose to spend money that we do not have." After Brooks made this remark, Democratic Congressman Keith Ellison asked that Brooks' comments be "taken down." This request forced Brooks to either have the comment stricken from the record or defend the remark and wait until later in the day for a formal ruling over whether or not the comment was inappropriate. Brooks chose to have the remark withdrawn before he continued with his speech. Ellison accepted the withdrawal. Afterwards, Brooks stated that he did not regret his initial remark and that he thought those who objected to his comment, particularly those within the Democratic Party, were "thin-skinned." He stated, "People could quite clearly infer that socialism is what the other guys are promoting." He also said that anyone offended by his remark probably did not know the difference between a socialist economic system and a communist political system.
Brooks met Martha Jenkins of Toledo, Ohio at Duke University. They were married in 1976.
Martha graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in accounting. In 2004, Martha attended the University of Alabama in Huntsville for a degree in teaching and currently teaches at Whitesburg Middle School in Huntsville. They have four children and two granddaughters. Brooks joined the LDS Church in 1978, and though he still attends Mormon services with his wife, he considers himself a non-denominational Christian. Brooks’s sister, Suzetta Jones, is retired from CrimeStoppers and lives in Monrovia, Alabama. Brooks’s brother, Tim Brooks, is a dentist who lives in Huntsville.
August 16th, 2011