U.S. Sen.-Elect Katie Britt (R-Montgomery) is the first woman elected to represent Alabama in the upper chamber of Congress.
In a dominant election night performance, Britt handily defeated Democratic Party nominee Will Boyd for the seat held by retiring U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Tuscaloosa).
While unofficial election results are expected to be provided later Tuesday night, the Associated Press has called the race in favor of Britt.
On Jan. 3, Britt will be sworn in as Alabama’s junior senator and become one of the youngest members of the chamber.
However, many view Britt, who formerly served Shelby’s Senate office as chief of staff, as well-primed to represent Alabama in the world’s greatest deliberative body.
The Enterprise native is a graduate of the University of Alabama and served as Student Government Association president. Following her tenure as Shelby’s top advisor, Britt went on to lead the Business Council of Alabama as president and CEO in 2018.
While at the state’s most prominent and influential association, Britt notched numerous victories for Alabama’s business community. Perhaps most significantly, Britt led the charge at BCA to keep Alabama’s economy unrestrained from excessive COVID-19 governmental mandates and restrictions.
Upon entering the U.S. Senate race, Britt was polling in the single digits. In June 2021, U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) was polling near 60% compared to Britt’s 9%.
Alabama’s senator-elect proved to be a tireless campaigner, as she traveled the state in grassroots fashion. In addition to her work ethic, Britt demonstrated the ability to construct a fundraising apparatus unparalleled in state history for a first-time candidate.
Britt remained dedicated to her “Alabama First” campaign motto and focused on issues of importance to Yellowhammer State voters throughout the entirety of the race.
The first-time candidate went on to become the top vote-getter in May’s primary election, which led to a showdown with Brooks in the June runoff.
Shortly after polls closed on June 21, it was evident Britt would clinch the GOP’s nomination. In a dominant performance, she bested Brooks in 66 of the state’s 67 counties and earned the Republican Party’s nod.
A skilled and talented conveyor of message, Britt has garnered widespread support among various factions of the Republican Party. Britt has received immense praise from the likes of former President Donald Trump and Steve Bannon to those more closely associated with the moderate wing of the party, such as South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley.
Britt has not only emerged as a unifying voice within polar wings of the party, but she has also messaged to mothers and suburban women, a vital demographic for the GOP.
At age 40, Britt will be the only U.S. senator with school-age children. She is the youngest Republican woman elected to U.S. Senate, as well as the second youngest woman ever elected to the upper chamber.
Whether the issue be crime, border security or parental rights in education, Britt has effectively tailored her message to an audience that is crucial the Republicans’ electoral success.
The senator-elect has assembled vast praise from national political observers, with Trump’s go-to pollster Jim McLaughlin dubbing Britt as “a national figure” who could some day be placed in discussions of the “presidential level.”
Dylan Smith is the editor of Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @DylanSmithAL