Colin Zachary Allred was born on April 15,1983 and is an American politician, lawyer, and former professional football player.
25 Facts About Colin Allred
Colin Allred left football to pursue a degree in law, receiving his JD from the University of California, Berkeley, followed by positions in the Obama administration, first at the Department of Housing and Urban Development and later at the Executive Office for United States Attorneys.
On May 03,2023, Colin Allred announced his candidacy in the 2024 United States Senate election in Texas.
Colin Allred's father is black and his mother is white.
Colin Allred attended Hillcrest High School in Dallas, where he played baseball, basketball and football.
Colin Allred accepted a scholarship to play college football at Baylor University.
Colin Allred played for the Baylor Bears as a linebacker.
Colin Allred was signed by the Tennessee Titans as an undrafted free agent following the 2006 NFL Draft on May 4,2006.
Colin Allred was waived on August 29 but re-signed on January 26,2007.
Colin Allred was promoted to the active roster on December 15 and made his NFL regular season debut on December 16,2007.
In four seasons for the Titans between 2007 and 2010, Colin Allred appeared in 32 games and recorded 46 tackles.
Colin Allred became a free agent before the 2011 season, but did not sign with another team.
Subsequently, Colin 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.
On November 6,2018, Colin Allred was elected to the House of Representatives for the 32nd district of Texas.
Colin Allred's victory was considered an upset because Sessions had been in Congress since 1997 and represented the 32nd district since its creation in 2003.
Colin Allred became the second person to represent this district and the first Democrat.
Colin Allred was one of two former NFL players to win a seat in Congress that year, along with Anthony Gonzalez.
In November 2018, Colin Allred was elected co-president of the Democratic freshmen of the 116th Congress, alongside fellow Obama administration alumna Haley Stevens.
In February 2019, Colin Allred endorsed his former boss and fellow Texan, former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro, in the 2020 Democratic presidential primaries.
On December 18,2019, Allred voted for both articles of impeachment against President Donald J Trump.
Colin Allred voted to impeach Trump in January 2021 during his second impeachment.
In 2021, Colin Allred sought over $241 million in earmarks for his district, largely for projects at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport.
Colin Allred has consistently emphasized the importance of vaccination against COVID-19 and has criticized others for spreading misinformation about the vaccine.
Colin Allred has stated that he wishes to take a "pragmatic approach to reforming our broken immigration system," emphasizing the need to "secure our border and our ports of entry" using recent technologies.
On May 3,2023, Colin Allred announced his candidacy for the United States Senate in 2024, challenging Republican incumbent Ted Cruz.