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Representative Brooks became a FAIRtax proponent before his first term in Congress. Based on his strong background in economics and law, he signed the FAIRtax Pledge to support, promote and cosign the bill as a new member of the U.S. House. As a result, he was a first day cosigner in his first term beginning in 2011 and has maintained his support since. He has advocated the concept through Special Orders on the House floor and with his normal day-to-day dealings with other members regarding legislation containing tax implications. Early in the campaign cycle as a candidate for the Senate, Representative Brooks signed a pledge to sponsor the FAIRtax. Even though unsuccessful in his bid for the Senate, he remains a true friend of the FAIRtax.
Representative Mo Brooks grew up in the Tennessee Valley. He graduated from Grissom High School, Huntsville, AL, in 1972, followed by graduation from Duke University in three years with a double major in political science and economics, with highest honors in economics. In 1978, he graduated from the University of Alabama Law School.
After graduation, Rep. Brooks worked as a prosecutor in the Tuscaloosa Alabama District Attorney’s office, where he earned a solid "tough-on-crime" reputation, followed by his service as Madison County Alabama’s District Attorney in 1991 and 1992. During every year except when he served as a prosecutor, court clerk, or Congressman, the bulk of Brooks’ income came from the private sector through his private legal practice.
Rep. Brooks was first elected to public office as a member of the Alabama House of Representatives in 1982. At the time, he was one of only 11 Republican legislators (out of 140 total) and the only elected Republican legislator north of Birmingham, AL.
Mo Brooks was re-elected to the Alabama House in 1983, 1986, and 1990. While in the legislature, Brooks was elected Republican House Caucus Chairman three times and was ranked number one of 140 legislators by the Alabama Taxpayers’ Defense Fund in the fight to protect family incomes from higher taxes. He was also ranked in the top 20 percent by Alabama Alliance of Business & Industry on pro-jobs, tort reform, and free enterprise issues and was recognized as one of the legislature’s most effective legislators by Alabama Magazine.
In 1995-1996, Mo Brooks served as a Special Assistant Attorney General for then Alabama Attorney General Jeff Sessions and, from 1996-2002, as a Special Assistant Attorney General for then Attorney General Bill Pryor.
In 1996, Rep. Brooks ran for the Madison County Alabama Commission and unseated an eight-year incumbent. He was re-elected to the Commission in 2000, 2004, and 2008.
In 2010, he unseated an incumbent Congressman to become the first Republican elected to Congress in Alabama’s Fifth Congressional District in more than 130 years. He has been re-elected to Congress five times, every time with a reelection vote exceeding 60%.
Representative Brooks served on two influential House committees: Armed Services and Science, Space, and Technology. He also served on three important House subcommittees: the Strategic Forces and Readiness subcommittees on Armed Services and the Space subcommittee on Science, Space, and Technology.
Representative Brooks has been married to his wife Martha since 1976; they met at Duke University. Mo and Martha are the proud parents of four children and grandparents of thirteen grandchildren. He retired from Congress on January 3, 2023, to spend more time with Martha and his family.