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Colin Allred
Colin Allred, official portrait, 117th Congress.jpg
House Democratic Junior Caucus Leadership Representative
Assumed office
January 3, 2021
Leader Nancy Pelosi
Preceded by Jamie Raskin
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Texas's 32nd district
Assumed office
January 3, 2019
Preceded by Pete Sessions
Personal details
Colin Zachary Allred

(1983-04-15) April 15, 1983 (age 40)
Dallas, Texas, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Alexandra Eber
(m. 2017)
Children 2
Education Baylor University (BA)
University of California, Berkeley (JD)

Football career
No. 56
Position: Linebacker
Personal information
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight: 242 lb (110 kg)
Career information
High school: Hillcrest (Dallas, Texas)
College: Baylor
Undrafted: 2006
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Total tackles: 41
Sacks: 0.0
Interceptions: 0
Player stats at

Colin Zachary Allred (born April 15, 1983) is an American politician, lawyer, and former professional football player. A member of the Democratic Party, he is the U.S. representative from TX's 32nd congressional district. The district includes the northeastern corner of Dallas, as well as many of its northeastern suburbs, such as Garland, Richardson, Sachse, Wylie, the Park Cities, and Rowlett.

Allred is a lawyer and former linebacker who played for the Tennessee Titans of the National Football League (NFL). He left football to pursue a degree in law, receiving his J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, followed by positions in both the Obama administration and the U.S. Attorney's office.

Football career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight 40-yard dash 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
6 ft 1+18 in
(1.86 m)
237 lb
(108 kg)
4.85 s 4.37 s 7.33 s 34.0 in
(0.86 m)
9 ft 7 in
(2.92 m)
17 reps
All values from Pro Day

Allred attended Hillcrest High School in Dallas, where he played baseball, basketball and football. He accepted a scholarship to play college football at Baylor University. He played for the Baylor Bears as a linebacker. In December 2005, Allred graduated from Baylor with a B.A. in history. As a senior, he was All-Big 12 honorable mention.

Colin Allred on defense during Titans training camp, 2008
Allred (#56) on a defensive play during Tennessee Titans training camp in 2008

Allred was signed by the Tennessee Titans as an undrafted free agent following the 2006 NFL Draft on May 4, 2006. He was waived on August 29 but re-signed on January 26, 2007. Next, Allred was waived on September 1 during final cuts, and was subsequently signed to the practice squad on September 2. He was promoted to the active roster on December 15 and re-signed on February 17, 2010.

Law career

After his football career, Allred enrolled in law school. After receiving his J.D. degree from the UC Berkeley School of Law in 2014, he worked as a special assistant in the Department of Housing and Urban Development's Office of General Counsel alongside then-Secretary Julian Castro in the Obama administration.

Subsequently, 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.

Politico described him as a "civil rights attorney."

U.S. House of Representatives



On April 21, 2017, Allred announced his campaign to challenge incumbent Republican Pete Sessions in 2018. In a crowded Democratic primary that included two other Obama administration alums, Allred finished first, by 20 points, but did not get 50% of the vote. In the May 22 runoff election, Allred defeated Lewisville businesswoman Lillian Salerno, receiving 69.5% of the vote.

Allred faced Sessions in the general election. As of November 2016, this was considered a swing district because Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton received marginally more votes than Donald Trump even as Sessions was reelected with no major-party opposition. Allred has described himself as a moderate Democrat.

On November 6, 2018, Allred was elected to the House of Representatives for the 32nd district of Texas. His victory was considered an upset because Sessions had been in Congress since 1997 and represented the 32nd district since its creation in 2003. Allred became the second person to represent this district and the first Democrat. Sessions had represented the neighboring 5th district, and transferred to the 32nd after the 5th was seemingly made less Republican in redistricting. As a measure of how Republican this area had been, much of what is now the 32nd had not been represented by a Democrat since 1968, when it was part of the neighboring 3rd district. Allred was one of two former NFL players to win a seat in Congress that year, along with Anthony Gonzalez.


In November 2018, Allred was elected co-president of the 116th Congressional Freshman Class, alongside fellow Obama administration alumna Haley Stevens of Michigan.

In February 2019, Allred endorsed his former boss and fellow Texan, former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro, in the 2020 Democratic presidential primaries. After Castro withdrew from the race, Allred endorsed Joe Biden.

On December 18, 2019, Allred voted for both articles of impeachment against President Donald J. Trump. He also voted to impeach Trump in January 2021 during his second impeachment.

In 2021, Allred sought over $241 million in earmarks for his district, which was among the largest earmark requests of any House member.

As of September 2021, Allred had voted in line with Joe Biden's stated position 100% of the time.

Committee assignments

  • Committee on Foreign Affairs
    • Subcommittee on the Middle East, North Africa and International Terrorism
  • Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
    • Subcommittee on Aviation
    • Subcommittee on Highways and Transit
    • Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials
  • Committee on Veterans' Affairs
    • Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs

Caucus memberships

Electoral history

Democratic primary results, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Colin Allred 15,442 38.5
Democratic Lillian Salerno 7,343 18.3
Democratic Brett Shipp 6,550 16.4
Democratic Ed Meier 5,474 13.7
Democratic George Rodriguez 3,029 7.5
Democratic Ron Marshall 1,301 3.2
Democratic Todd Maternowski 945 2.4
Total votes 40,084 100.0
Democratic primary runoff results, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Colin Allred 15,658 69.5
Democratic Lillian Salerno 6,874 30.5
Total votes 22,532 100
Texas's 32nd congressional district, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Colin Allred 144,067 52.3
Republican Pete Sessions (incumbent) 126,101 45.7
Libertarian Melina Baker 5,452 2.0
Total votes 275,620 100.0
Democrat gain from Republican
Texas's 32nd congressional district, 2020
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Colin Allred (incumbent) 178,542 52.0
Republican Genevieve Collins 157,867 45.9
Libertarian Christy Mowrey Peterson 4,946 1.4
Independent Jason Sigmon 2,332 0.7
Total votes 343,687 100.0
Democrat hold

Personal life

Allred was born in Dallas, Texas. His father is black and his mother is white. He married Alexandra Eber on March 25, 2017. They have two sons, born in 2019 and 2021.

See also

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