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Martha Roby (R-AL)

 
  Martha Roby has served in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2011. She serves on the powerful House Appropriations Committee, as well as the House Judiciary Committee. In the 116th Congress, Martha Roby has taken on the role of Republican co-chair of the Congressional Independent Colleges Caucus, succeeding former Congressman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA).







Alabama by Numbers
  • Alabama is home to 14 private, non-profit institutions, including four in Representative Roby’s home district.

  • More than 24,000 students are served by private, non-profit schools in Alabama.

  • For the 2018-2019 school year, 127,463 students at all Alabama institutions of higher education received $511,666,917 in Pell Grants, while 24,533 received $29,172,307 in Federal Work-Study and Supplemental Education Opportunity Grants (SEOG).

NAICU had a chance to ask Rep. Roby a few questions, here’s what she said:

Q: Why did you decide to co-chair the Congressional Independent Colleges Caucus?
A: Alabama’s impressive network of private, non-profit educational institutions currently serves more than 24,000 students. In Congress, I have made it a priority for advocate for these institutions to ensure they have the support necessary to continue their important work educating Alabamians from all walks of life. I believe serving as co-chair of the Congressional Independent Colleges Caucus puts me in strong position to continue fighting for these private, non-profit colleges and universities.

Q: What contributions are private, non-profit colleges making in your district?
A: In my home state of Alabama, we are fortunate to have 14 independent, diverse, non-profit colleges and universities, and four of them are located in my district. These outstanding institutions offer immense educational opportunity to the students I am grateful to serve.

Q: How do you see these schools innovating?
A: Alabama’s 14 independent, non-profit colleges work diligently to stay on the cutting-edge of development and innovation. My job as a member of Congress is to ensure that these institutions have everything they need to face challenges and changes in the educational arena as they strive to equip and educate our students.


 
 

“Martha is a regular presence on the Huntingdon campus
and a joyful role model to our students.  She listens hard and
cares deeply about doing the right thing for her district.” 

- Cam West, President   
Huntingdon College (AL)   

 


Q: As a Member of Congress, how do you support the opportunity for education?
A: In Congress, I have always advocated for proper support for private, non-profit educational institutions that offer such immense opportunity to students across the country. My door is always open for them, and my office will continue to serve as a resource as we celebrate their many contributions to communities in every corner of the country.

Q: How has your own experience attending a private, non-profit college impacted you?
A: As a graduate of New York University, I can attest to the valuable experience private educational institutions provide to students from around the world. We must continue to ensure that students from all backgrounds have access to these opportunities.


 

 

"Rep. Roby’s office is always open to us—both in
Washington and back at home in Alabama.  
Despite her
busy schedule, she always asks for feedback and
listens closely to what we say.” 

- Paul Hankins, President   
Alabama Independent Colleges & Universities
   
 


 


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