|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Texas's 32nd district
|Assumed office |
January 3, 2019
|Preceded by||Pete Sessions|
Colin Zachary Allred
April 15, 1983
Dallas, Texas, U.S.
|Education||Baylor University (BA)|
University of California, Berkeley (JD)
|Height:||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Weight:||238 lb (108 kg)|
|High school:||Hillcrest (Dallas, Texas)|
|Career NFL statistics|
Colin Zachary Allred (born April 15, 1983) is an American politician, lawyer, and former professional football player. A member of the Democratic Party, he is currently serving as the U.S. Representative from Texas's 32nd congressional district. The district includes the northeastern corner of Dallas, as well as many of its northeastern suburbs including Garland, Richardson, Sachse, Wylie, the Park Cities, and Rowlett.
Allred is a lawyer and former linebacker who played for the Tennessee Titans of the National Football League (NFL). Allred left football to pursue a degree in law, receiving his J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, followed by positions in both the Obama administration and the U.S. Attorney's office.
Allred attended Hillcrest High School in Dallas, and Baylor University. He played college football for the Baylor Bears as a linebacker. In December 2005, Allred graduated from Baylor with a B.A. in history.
Allred was signed by the Tennessee Titans as an undrafted free agent following the 2006 NFL Draft on May 4, 2006. He was waived on August 29 but was re-signed on January 26, 2007. Next, Allred was waived on September 1 during final cuts, and was subsequently signed to the practice squad on September 2. He was promoted to the active roster on December 15 and was re-signed on February 17, 2010.
Following his football career, Allred enrolled in law school. After graduating from the UC Berkeley School of Law in 2014, Allred worked as a special assistant in the Department of Housing and Urban Development's Office of General Counsel alongside then-Secretary Julian Castro in the administration of President Barack Obama.
Subsequently, Allred worked as an attorney at the Perkins Coie law firm, where he was a voting rights litigator and counsel to clients including national and state political candidates and advocacy organizations.
Politico described him as a "civil rights attorney."
U.S. House of Representatives
On April 21, 2017, Allred announced his campaign to challenge incumbent Republican Pete Sessions in 2018. In a crowded Democratic primary which included two other Obama-administration alums, Allred finished first, by 20 points, but did not get 50 percent of the vote. In the May 22 runoff election, Allred defeated Lewisville businesswoman Lillian Salerno, receiving 69.5% of the vote.
Allred faced long-time incumbent Sessions for the 32nd district seat. As of the November 2016 election, this was considered a swing district because Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton received marginally more votes than Donald Trump even as Sessions was reelected with no major-party opposition. Allred has described himself as a moderate Democrat.
On November 6, 2018, Allred was elected to the United States House of Representatives for the 32nd district of Texas. Allred's victory was considered an upset because Sessions had been in Congress since 1997 and had represented the 32nd district since its creation in 2003. He became the second person to represent this district since it was created in 2003, and the first Democrat. Sessions had represented the neighboring 5th district, and transferred to the 32nd after the 5th was seemingly made less Republican in redistricting. As a measure of how Republican this area had been, much of what is now the 32nd had not been represented by a Democrat since 1968, when it was part of the neighboring 3rd district. He was one of two former NFL players to win a seat in Congress that year, the other being Republican Anthony Gonzalez of Ohio.
In February 2019, Allred endorsed his former boss and fellow Texan, former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro, for the Democratic nomination in the 2020 Democratic presidential primaries. Following Castro's withdrawal from the race, Allred endorsed Joe Biden. Allred was selected as one of seventeen speakers to jointly deliver the keynote address at the 2020 Democratic National Convention.
On December 18, 2019, Allred voted for both articles of impeachment against President Donald J. Trump.
- Committee on Foreign Affairs
- Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
- Committee on Veterans' Affairs
|Republican||Pete Sessions (incumbent)||126,101||45.7|
|Democratic gain from Republican|
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- Klar, Rebecca (January 13, 2020). "Tenth Congressional Black Caucus member backs Biden". The Hill. Retrieved January 13, 2020.
- "Democrats Unveil A New Kind of Convention Keynote". 2020 Democratic National Convention. August 16, 2020. Retrieved August 16, 2020.
- Gillman, Todd J. (November 28, 2018). "Colin Allred elected freshman class co-president by new Democrats in Congress". The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved November 30, 2018.
- Panetta, Grace. "WHIP COUNT: Here's which members of the House voted for and against impeaching Trump". Business Insider.
- "2018 Primary Election Official Results". Texas Secretary of State. Archived from the original on March 7, 2018. Retrieved March 8, 2018.
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- Garcia, Eric (February 13, 2019). "Colin Allred welcomes new child". The Hill. Retrieved February 17, 2019.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Colin Allred.|
- Congressman Colin Allred official U.S. House website
- Colin Allred for Congress
- Tennessee Titans profile
- Baylor Bears profile
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Profile at Vote Smart
- Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
- Legislation sponsored at the Library of Congress
- Appearances on C-SPAN
|U.S. House of Representatives|
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Texas's 32nd congressional district
|Party political offices|
| Keynote Speaker of the Democratic National Convention
Served alongside: Stacey Abrams, Raumesh Akbari, Brendan Boyle, Yvanna Cancela, Kathleen Clyde, Nikki Fried, Robert Garcia, Malcolm Kenyatta, Marlon Kimpson, Conor Lamb, Mari Manoogian, Victoria Neave, Jonathan Nez, Sam Park, Denny Ruprecht, Randall Woodfin
|U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)|
| United States Representatives by seniority