“It’s official: I’m running and I’m all-in.”
With those words Enterprise native Katie Boyd Britt announced June 8 that she will seek election to the United States Senatorial seat being vacated upon the retirement of her former boss.
In a three-minute video posted on the “Katie Britt for Alabama” Facebook page early Tuesday morning, Britt said she is seeking election to the seat being vacated by longtime U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby who announced in February that he would not seek a seventh term. “Because we don’t just need a senator from Alabama, we need a Senator for Alabama,” she said.
The daughter of Julian and Debra Boyd served as the first female president and chief executive officer of the Business Council of Alabama before announcing that she was stepping down last week from the position that she has held since Jan. 2, 2019.
That move led to some speculation that the woman who served previously as Shelby’s press secretary and chief of staff would seek election to the seat that Shelby has held since 1986 but no official announcement was made until early June 8. The primary election for the seat is May 24, 2022.
Born and raised in the City of Progress, Britt attended Hillcrest Elementary School and was a Wildcat cheerleader at EHS. She was a two-time winner of the World Cheerleading Association Cheerleader of the Year Award presented each year at the National Championships. In 2000 she was named first runner-up in America’s Junior Miss, now known as the Distinguished Young Woman Program, after capturing the local and state title.
After high school graduation, Britt earned a degree in political science and government from the University of Alabama where she served as Student Government Association president. She earned her law degree from the University of Alabama School of Law.
Britt interned with Shelby’s office while attending UA and was hired as deputy press secretary upon graduation. In 2005, she became the youngest press secretary on the Senate side of Capitol Hill at the age of 23. She spent several years as press secretary before leaving and becoming special assistant to the president of the University of Alabama.
“I met my husband in Tuscaloosa where he became captain of the football team, inspiring all of us with his will to fight,” Britt said. “Today Wesley and I are raising our two children with Christian, conservative values and teaching them to love America and to respect the dignity of a hard day’s work.
After graduation from college, Britt led state governmental affairs for the Butler Snow law firm in Montgomery and practiced corporate law before going to work for Shelby. “It was an honor to stand with Sen. Shelby to bring opportunity to every corner of our state, confirm conservative judges and justices and help build (former President Donald) Trump’s border wall,” she said.
“At the Business Council of Alabama, I led the charge to save Alabama’s small businesses and our jobs and worked hard to make sure rural Alabama wasn’t forgotten,” she added. “I’m proud of my accomplishments in businesses and our nation’s capitol but it’s the love for my Lord and my family that give true purpose to my life.
“Growing up in the Wiregrass I learned what’s worth fighting for and how to fight for it,” Britt said. “My mom and dad worked hard owning a hardware store and selling bass boats—this is where I learned the importance of faith, family and freedom.
“When I look at what’s happening in Washington, I don’t recognize our country,” Britt said. “The leftists are attacking our religious freedoms and advancing a socialist agenda. In Joe Biden’s America, people can collect more money staying at home than they can earn by staying on the job.
“These past few months I have spend a lot of time praying for America and now I am stepping up, putting everything on the line and announcing my campaign for the United States Senate,” Britt said. “It’s time for a new generation of conservative leaders to step up and fight for the next generation and to preserve the American dream—the dream that promises that a public school girl from Enterprise can be elected to the United States Senate.
“I will be a tireless champion for our small businesses, our farmers and every hard working Alabamian. I will protect the unborn, our God-given Second Amendment Rights and the integrity of our elections,” she stressed. “I’ll fight to protect our border, strengthen our military and take care of our veterans.”