Shelby Announces Retirement

Senator Richard C. Shelby, who formerly chaired the powerful Appropriations Committee, announced Monday that he will retire when his term ends in 2022. (Washington Post)

Shelby, 86, was first elected to the House in 1978 as a Democrat and won election to the Senate in 1986. He switched parties to become a Republican in 1994.

He has been a master of steering projects to his home state and also adept at cutting deals with Democrats. He is the fourth Senate Republican to announce his retirement in 2022, and the race to replace him will become another test for the direction of the GOP in the post-Trump era.