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Bradley Byrne

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Bradley Byrne
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U.S. House, Alabama, District 1
Incumbent
In office
January 8, 2014-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 0
PartyRepublican
PredecessorJo Bonner (R)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
First electedDecember 17, 2013
Next primaryJune 3, 2014
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Bradley Byrne campaign logo
Bradley Byrne is a Republican member of the U.S. House representing the 1st Congressional District of Alabama. Byrne was first elected to the House in a special election on December 17, 2013.[1]

The seat was open following the resignation of Representative Jo Bonner. Bonner's resignation, effective August 15, came as the result of a decision to take a position as vice chancellor of government and economic development at the University of Alabama.[2]

No candidate secured more than 50 percent of the total vote in the Republican primary on September 24, 2013, requiring a runoff primary on November 5, 2013. Byrne and Dean Young were the top two winners and faced-off in the runoff. Byrne defeated Young in the runoff primary and defeated Burton LeFlore (D) in the general election on December 17, 2013.[3][4][5]

Byrne was a member of the Democratic Party until 1997, when he joined the Republican Party.[6]

Byrne previously ran for election to the position of Governor of Alabama in 2010. He was defeated by Robert J. Bentley in the runoff election.

Biography

Education:

  • University Military School in Mobile
  • University of Alabama School of Law

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2014

Byrne serves on the following committees:[7]

Issues

Legislative actions

113th Congress

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The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1%) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14% of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[8] For more information pertaining to Byrne's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[9]

Economy

Farm bill

Voted "Yes" On January 29, 2014, the U.S. House approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, also known as the Farm Bill.[10] The bill passed by a vote of 251-166. The nearly 1,000-page bill reformed and continued various programs of the Department of Agriculture through 2018. The $1 trillion bill expanded crop insurance for farmers by $7 billion over the next decade and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that would kick in when prices drop.[11][12] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[12] Byrne voted with 161 other Republican representatives in favor of the bill.

2014 Budget

Voted "No" On January 15, 2014, the Republican-run House approved H.R. 3547, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014.[13][14] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and 3 Democrats voting against the bill.[14] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[15] It included a 1% increase in the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel, a $1 billion increase in Head Start funding for early childhood education, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency and left the Affordable Care Act without any drastic cuts. Byrne joined with the 63 other Republicans and 3 Democrats who voted against the bill.[13][14]

Campaign themes

2014

Byrne's campaign website lists the following issues:[16]

This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.

  • Fiscal Conservative: "I’ll lead the charge to balance the budget without raising taxes, hold the line on spending, and allow the American economy to expand through natural, bottom-up growth. Our district is poised for greatness. With Airbus and Austal, our single biggest private-sector employer in the district, we are already a center for aviation and shipbuilding. We have one of the fastest-expanding cargo ports in the world. This is our magic moment and we must seize it."
  • Government Regulations: "Government Regulations continue to bypass Constitutional limits on federal authority and strangle state and local economies. I will work tirelessly to end the corruption and cronyism that frustrates efforts at real reform and cost-cutting – just like I did at the state level with the two-year college system. I will fight for a simpler and fairer tax code that would virtually eliminate the need for the corrupt IRS."
  • Local Infrastructure: "As your Congressman, I will focus on the local Infrastructure needs of our district. For instance, we need to build a new I-10 bridge across Mobile Bay and extend the Foley Beach Express to I-65. We need secure the necessary funding to deepen and widen the Mobile ship channel, so we can realize the full potential of our cargo port."
  • National Defense and Veterans: "Every day, another young man or woman goes into harm’s way to protect our freedoms. But we must do more – much more – to ensure our national defense and to serve and honor our veterans. We must challenge the administration’s questionable answers to important questions. It does matter how and why four Americans died in Benghazi despite prior warnings and the victims’ pleas for help."
  • Traditional Alabama Values: "My faith in Christ is my foundation. Our nation faces a moral crisis, but it doesn’t have to be that way. As God called the people of Israel back time and time again we in America have the responsibility to heed His call and do His will. Our Congress can set a better example. With a focus on our traditional Alabama values, we can work together for a better America."

—Bradley Byrne's campaign website, http://www.byrneforcongress.com/issues/

Elections

2014

See also: Alabama's 1st Congressional District elections, 2014

Byrne is running for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He is seeking the Republican nomination in the primary election on June 3, 2014. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

2013

See also: Alabama's 1st Congressional District special election, 2013

Byrne won election to the U.S. House representing the 1st Congressional District of Alabama. The election was held to replace Jo Bonner, who announced his resignation on May 23, 2013, in order to take a position as vice chancellor of government and economic development at the University of Alabama.[2]

No candidate secured more than 50 percent of the total vote in the Republican primary on September 24, 2013, requiring a runoff primary on November 5, 2013. Byrne and Dean Young were the top two winners, and battled in the runoff primary. Byrne defeated Young in the runoff primary and defeated Burton LeFlore (D) in the general election on December 17, 2013.[17][18][5]

U.S. House, Alabama District 1 Republican Primary, 2013
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBradley Byrne 34.6% 18,090
Green check mark transparent.pngDean Young 23% 12,011
Chad Fincher 15.6% 8,177
Qyin Hillyer 13.9% 7,260
Wells Griffith 11% 5,758
Daniel Dyas 0.7% 391
Jessica James 0.7% 391
Sharon Powe 0.4% 184
David Thornton 0.1% 72
Total Votes 52,334
Source: Unofficial results via Associated Press[19]
U.S. House, Alabama District 1 Special Runoff Republican Primary, 2013
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBradley Byrne 52.5% 38,150
Dean Young 47.5% 34,534
Total Votes 72,684
Source: Unofficial results via Associated Press[20]

2010

See also: Alabama gubernatorial election, 2010 and Gubernatorial elections, 2010

Byrne ran for election to the position of Governor of Alabama in 2010. He came in first in the Republican primary on June 1, 2010, narrowly edging out Robert J. Bentley by a margin of 27.9% to 25.2%. This necessitated a runoff, where Byrne lost to Bentley 56.1% to 43.9%.

Campaign donors

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Byrne's reports.

Bradley Byrne (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[21]April 15, 2014$86,340$168,695$(60,358)$194,677
Running totals
$168,695$(60,358)

2013

July

Byrne led the field in terms of total outside contributions with $75,882.[22]

September

Byrne raised $241,363 between July 1, 2013, and September 4, 2013, and had $183,629 cash on hand going into the primary on September 24, 2013.[23] That is almost $80,000 more than Wells Griffith, who raised the second-highest amount during the same period.[23] Griffith raised $162,250 and had $87,730 in cash on hand going into the primary.[23]

October

In the time between the Republican primary and the runoff primary, Byrne vastly outraised Young, who ran a low-budget, grassroots-focused campaign. As of October 16, 2013, Byrne had taken in nearly $690,000 to Young’s $260,000.[24]

Personal

Death of brother

On October 23, 2013, Byrne's brother, Dale, who had been ill for some time, suffered a heart attack and was transferred from Providence Hospital to USA Medical Center where he was placed on a ventilator.[25] According to campaign manager Alex Schriver, the Byrne family was at Dale's bedside and canceled all campaign events scheduled for October 24, 2013.[25][26]

"A few minutes ago, the doctors called the family to come to his bedside," Schriver said in an email on October 24, 2013. "He is expected to pass this morning."[25]

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References

  1. blog.al.com, "Bradley Byrne to run for AL-01 congressional seat," accessed June 4, 2013
  2. 2.0 2.1 blog.al.com, "BREAKING: Rep. Jo Bonner resigning from Congress," May 23, 2013
  3. AP, "December 17, 2013, Results," accessed December 17, 2013
  4. Associated Press, "Alabama - Summary Vote Results," accessed November 5, 2013
  5. 5.0 5.1 AP Results, "Alabama Special Election Primary," accessed September 24, 2013
  6. UPI.com, "Ex-Democrat top vote-getter in Ala. Republican congressional primary," accessed September 28, 2013
  7. United States House of Representatives, "Directory of Representatives," accessed February 25, 2014
  8. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  9. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  10. Clerk of U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 31: H.R. 2642," accessed February 12, 2014
  11. Politico, "House clears farm bill," accessed February 12, 2014
  12. 12.0 12.1 New York Times, "Senate passes long-stalled farm bill, with clear winners and losers," accessed February 12, 2014
  13. 13.0 13.1 CNN.com "House passes compromise $1.1 trillion budget for 2014," accessed January 20, 2014
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 21," accessed January 20, 2014
  15. Roll Call, "House Passes $1.1 Trillion Omnibus," accessed January 20, 2014
  16. Campaign website, "Issues," accessed April 11, 2014
  17. AP, "December 17, 2013, Results," accessed December 17, 2013
  18. Associated Press, "Alabama - Summary Vote Results," accessed November 5, 2013
  19. Associated Press, "Alabama - Summary Vote Results ," accessed September 24, 2013
  20. Associated Press, "Republican Runoff Primary," accessed November 5, 2013
  21. Federal Election Commission, "Bradley Byrne April Quarterly," accessed April 17, 2014
  22. AL.com "Cash contributions in AL-01 congressional race" accessed July 16, 2013
  23. 23.0 23.1 23.2 Roll Call, "Byrne Leads Special Election Fundraising Race | #AL01," accessed September 13, 2013
  24. Politico, "Alabama Republicans in tight duel," accessed October 31, 2013
  25. 25.0 25.1 25.2 Al.com, "Bradley Byrne cancels Thursday's campaign events amid family tragedy," accessed October 28, 2013
  26. AL.com, "Dale Byrne, brother of Congressional hopeful Bradley Byrne, dies after lengthy illness," accessed October 28, 2013
Political offices
Preceded by
Jo Bonner
U.S. House - Alabama District 1
2014-Present
Succeeded by
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