Twenty-three years old and captivated by the music industry, Martha Roby thought she was headed to Nashville and a recording industry management career – but then public service came calling. Inspired by a speaker who challenged young professionals to build a better Alabama, she decided to stay and make a difference.
A fighter and leader from a young age, Martha ran for Montgomery City Council at age 26 and won. As councilwoman, she was repeatedly instrumental in voting down tax hikes and sparking growth for local farms and businesses.
Today in Congress, her Alabama roots remain strong. Martha is an unwavering advocate for our military and their families, fighting for legislation that protects and benefits our veterans. She stood up for veterans and their families to ensure they received the quality of care they deserve when the VA scandal hit Alabama and pushed through a bill ensuring more accountability at the agency.
She also looks out for our farmers. Agriculture is the largest employer in her district and Martha is consistently advocating for their rights in Congress and as a key negotiator on the Farm Bill. She was instrumental in negotiations for the 2014 Farm Bill, and now sitting on the Appropriations Committee, Martha has fought to ensure Congress is living up to the promises it made to Alabama farmers. Now, with the 2018 Farm Bill being considered, Martha is gearing up to continue to fight for her constituents and their shared conservative values.
Her conservative leadership on the 2014 Farm Bill, as well as her fight to ensure veterans are properly protected shows that Martha has always put Alabama’s farms, veterans, and families first.
Martha is running for reelection in Alabama’s 2nd Congressional District.
Martha was instrumental in negotiations for the 2014 Farm Bill. She was not only on the committee that initially drafted the bill, but she was named as one of the conferees assigned to reconcile the version of the bill that passed the U.S. House and the version that passed the U.S. Senate. Alabama Farmers Federation President Jimmy Parnell thanked Martha “for helping develop a farm bill that saves taxpayers billions of dollars while maintaining a safety net for farmers.”
Martha has fought to ensure our veterans get the care and respect they deserve. During the VA scandal, she held the leadership team of central Alabama’s VA system accountable for their failures and helped push for increased transparency and record keeping. In 2015 she introduced and fought for the VA Medical Center Recovery Act, which passed the U.S. House that year – the bill required the VA to publicly publish important health metrics for each VA medical center.
Just this Congress, Martha has had two bills pass the U.S. House of Representatives: The Global Child Protection Act closes loopholes in current law and allows law enforcement to better protect children from predators and abusers. The Working Families Flexibility Act of 2017 helps give working women and men more choice and flexibility in how they balance their busy lives.