|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Texas's 32nd district
|Assumed office |
January 3, 2019
|Preceded by||Pete Sessions|
Colin Zachary Allred
April 15, 1983
Dallas, Texas, U.S.
|Education||Baylor University (BA)|
University of California, Berkeley (JD)
|Height:||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Weight:||238 lb (108 kg)|
|High school:||Hillcrest (Dallas, Texas)|
|Career NFL statistics|
|Player stats at NFL.com|
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 currently serving as the U.S. Representative from Texas's 32nd congressional district. The district includes the northeastern corner of Dallas, as well as many of its northeastern suburbs including 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). Allred 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.
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.
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 was 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 was re-signed on February 17, 2010.
Following his football career, Allred enrolled in law school. After receiving his J.D. degree from the UC Berkeley School of Law in 2014, Allred 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 administration of President Barack Obama.
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."
On April 21, 2017, Allred announced his campaign to challenge incumbent Republican Pete Sessions in 2018. In a crowded Democratic primary which included two other Obama-administration alums, Allred finished first, by 20 points, but did not get 50 percent of the vote. In the May 22 runoff election, Allred defeated Lewisville businesswoman Lillian Salerno, receiving 69.5% of the vote.
Allred faced long-time incumbent Sessions for the 32nd district seat. As of the November 2016 election, 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 United States House of Representatives for the 32nd district of Texas. Allred's victory was considered an upset because Sessions had been in Congress since 1997 and had represented the 32nd district since its creation in 2003. He became the second person to represent this district since it was created in 2003, 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. He was one of two former NFL players to win a seat in Congress that year, the other being Republican Anthony Gonzalez of Ohio.
Allred was elected in November 2018 as 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, for the Democratic nomination in the 2020 Democratic presidential primaries. Following Castro's withdrawal 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 the president in January 2021 during the second impeachment of Donald Trump.
In 2021, Allred sought over $241 million in earmarks for his district, which was among the largest earmark requests of any member of the U.S. House.
|Republican||Pete Sessions (incumbent)||126,101||45.7|
|Democratic gain from Republican|
|Democratic||Colin Allred (incumbent)||178,542||52.0|
|Libertarian||Christy Mowrey Peterson||4,946||1.4|
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.