Birthdate: April 29, 1954
Birth Place: Charleston, SC, United States
Residence: Huntsville, AL
First Elected: 2010
District: District 5
Mo Brooks was born in Charleston, S.C., and now lives in Huntsville, Ala. He earned a bachelor's degree from Duke University and a law degree from the University of Alabama.
Brooks, an attorney, has long been involved in Alabama politics. He worked as a prosecutor in the Tuscaloosa district attorney's office until 1980. He was elected in 1982 to the state House.
He won election in 1996 to the Madison County Commission, where he served until being elected to the U.S. House in 2010.
Brooks and his wife, Martha, have four children.
Mo Brooks was a political veteran long before he defeated an incumbent in 2010 to become the first Republican elected to Alabama's 5th Congressional District seat, which encompasses the state's northern tier of counties.
Since then, Brooks has been a regular critic of President Barack Obama and a tea party favorite. Representing a section of north Alabama with one of the state's highest percentages of Hispanic immigrants, Brooks said in June 2011 that he would do "anything short of shooting" illegal immigrants to get them out of the country.
Rep. Parker Griffith became the first Republican to serve the district when he switched to the GOP in December 2009, but Brooks defeated him in the 2010 Republican primary and went on to win the seat. In 2012, he turned back a primary challenge from Griffith. He faces Democrat Charlie Holley in the November general election.
Brooks opposes the 2010 health care reform bill. He condemned the June 2012 Supreme Court decision for upholding the legislation, and said after the ruling, "America's Founding Fathers must be rolling over in their graves."
He said the ruling expanded federal power "beyond anything previously permissible. In effect, one Supreme Court justice's vote empowers the federal government to dictate that American citizens purchase any product or service offered by anyone, no matter the cost, no matter the burden."
Brooks' district includes the Army's Redstone Arsenal and NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, and he was appointed to three committees that fit the region's interests: Armed Services, Homeland Security, and Science, Space, and Technology.
Brooks has a record of breaking new ground for Republicans. He served in the Alabama House in the early 1980s, at a time when there were only 11 Republicans in the 140-member state Legislature. He also served as Madison County district attorney at a time when most local officials in north Alabama were Democrats.
He has called for maintaining a strong national defense, cutting the national budget and reducing government control over the everyday lives of citizens.
Brooks has supported doing away with the Internal Revenue Service and replacing the current federal income tax and with a so-called fair tax.
Source: Associated Press