Republican, AlabamaBusiness Cred:
Sits on both the Appropriations and Banking Committees; had $17.1 million in campaign cash on Nov. 22, tops in the Senate.Power Center:
He’s the top-ranking Republican on the Banking Committee.Sound Bite:
“Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have already cost taxpayers $150 billion. Absent a strong regulator, future losses could be even greater.”Quote About:
“He may be slow. He may be cautious. He may be frustrating. But once he makes the deal, it happens.” —Former Senator Christopher J. Dodd (D-Conn.)Big Win:
Worked with Dodd on 2008 housing overhaul law to stem foreclosures and prop up Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Was lead sponsor of 2003 law that incorporated identity theft protections, including a provision to allow consumers a free credit report annually.Top Donor:
Travelers: $108,250 (2005-10)Setting Sights On:
Dodd-Frank financial regulations, housing, oversight of the Fed, China’s currency practices.