Bradley Byrne

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Bradley Byrne
Rep Bradley Byrne.jpg
U.S. House, Alabama, District 1
In office
January 8, 2014-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2017
Years in position 1
PredecessorJo Bonner (R)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedDecember 17, 2013
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Campaign $$3,670,699
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity Military School in Mobile
J.D.University of Alabama School of Law
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] Byrne defeated Dean Young in the runoff primary and defeated Burton LeFlore (D) in the general election on December 17, 2013.[2][3][4]

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.[5]

Byrne won re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He was unopposed in the primary and defeated Burton LeFlore (D) in the general election on November 4, 2014.[6]

Byrne was a member of the Democratic Party until 1997, when he joined the Republican Party.[7]

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.


Below is an abbreviated outline of Byrne's academic, professional and political career:[8]

  • 2014-Present: U.S. Representative from Alabama's 1st Congressional District
  • 2007-2009: Chancellor of the Alabama Department of Postsecondary Education
  • 2002-2007: Alabama State Senate
  • 1994-2002: Member of the Alabama State Board of Education
  • 1980: Graduated from University of Alabama School of Law in Tuscalossa with a J.D.
  • 1977: Graduated from Duke University with a B.A.

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Byrne serves on the following committees:[9]


Byrne served on the following committees:[10]

Key votes

113th Congress


The second session of the 113th Congress enacted into law 114 out of the 3,036 introduced bills (3.8 percent). Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 4.2 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the second session.[11] For more information pertaining to Byrne's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[12]


Farm bill

Yea3.png 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.[13] 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.[14][15] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[15] Byrne voted with 161 other Republican representatives in favor of the bill.

2014 Budget

Nay3.png 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.[16][17] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[17] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[18] It included a 1 percent 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 protected the Affordable Care Act from any drastic cuts. Byrne joined with the 63 other Republicans and 3 Democrats who voted against the bill.[16][17]

Government affairs

HR 676

See also: Boehner's lawsuit against the Obama administration

Yea3.png On July 30, 2014, the U.S. House approved a resolution 225 to 201 to sue President Barack Obama for exceeding his constitutional authority. Five RepublicansThomas Massie of Kentucky, Paul Broun of Georgia, Scott Garrett of New Jersey, Walter Jones of North Carolina and Steve Stockman of Texas—voted with Democrats against the lawsuit.[19] Byrne joined the other 224 Republicans in favor of the lawsuit. All Democrats voted against the resolution.[20][21]


On The Issues Vote Match

Bradley Byrne's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Byrne is a Moderate Conservative. Byrne received a score of 37 percent on social issues and 67 percent on economic issues.[22]

On The Issues organization logo.

The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.

On The Issues Vote Quiz[23]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Unknown Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Unknown
Expand ObamaCare Strongly Opposes Comfortable with same-sex marriage Unknown
Vouchers for school choice Unknown Keep God in the public sphere Favors
Absolute right to gun ownership Strongly Favors Human needs over animal rights Unknown
Higher taxes on the wealthy Strongly Opposes Stricter punishment reduces crime Unknown
Support & expand free trade Unknown Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Strongly Opposes
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Unknown Maintain US sovereignty from UN Unknown
Prioritize green energy Unknown Expand the military Strongly Favors
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Strongly Opposes Stay out of Iran Unknown
Privatize Social Security Opposes Never legalize marijuana Unknown
Note: Information last updated: 2014.[22] If you notice the rating has changed, email us.

Campaign themes


Byrne's campaign website listed the following issues:[24]

  • 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,



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

Byrne won re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He won the Republican nomination unopposed in the primary election on June 3, 2014. Byrne defeated Burton LeFlore (D) in the general election on November 4, 2014.[6]

U.S. House, Alabama District 1 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBradley Byrne Incumbent 68.2% 103,758
     Democratic Burton LeFlore 31.7% 48,278
     N/A Write-in 0.1% 198
Total Votes 152,234
Source: Alabama Secretary of State


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.[5]

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 received the most primary votes 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.[26][27][4]

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[28]
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[29]


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 percent to 25.2 percent. This necessitated a runoff, where Byrne lost to Bentley 56.1 percent to 43.9 percent.

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor history

Comprehensive donor information for Byrne is available dating back to 2013. Based on available campaign finance records, Byrne raised a total of $3,672,199 during that time period. This information was last updated on January 26, 2015.[30]

Bradley Byrne's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2014 U.S. House (Alabama, District 1) Won $1,907,597
2013 U.S. House (Alabama, District 1) Won $1,764,602
Grand Total Raised $3,672,199


Byrne won re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. During that election cycle, Byrne's campaign committee raised a total of $1,907,597 and spent $1,655,999.[31] This is more than the average $1.45 million spent by House winners in 2014.[32]

Cost per vote

Byrne spent $15.96 per general election vote received in 2014.

U.S. House, Alabama District 1, 2014 - Bradley Byrne Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $1,907,597
Total Spent $1,655,999
Total Raised by Election Runner-up $36,974
Total Spent by Election Runner-up $35,603
Top contributors to Bradley Byrne's campaign committee
Blue Cross/Blue Shield$25,500
Every Republican is Crucial PAC$25,000
Pilot Catastrophe Services$22,600
Southern Co$18,250
Honeywell International$17,000
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Leadership PACs$157,000
Lawyers/Law Firms$147,150
Health Professionals$76,750

Below are Byrne's FEC reports.



Byrne led the field in terms of total outside contributions with $75,882.[37]


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.[38] That is almost $80,000 more than Wells Griffith, who raised the second-highest amount during the same period.[38] Griffith raised $162,250 and had $87,730 in cash on hand going into the primary.[38]

Personal Gain Index

Congressional Personal Gain Index graphic.png
See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)

The Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress) is a two-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the U.S. Congress have prospered during their tenure as public servants.
It consists of two different metrics:

PGI: Donation Concentration Metric

See also: The Donation Concentration Metric (U.S. Congress Personal Gain Index)

Filings required by the Federal Election Commission report on the industries that give to each candidate. Using campaign filings and information calculated by, Ballotpedia calculated the percentage of donations by industry received by each incumbent over the course of his or her career (or 1989 and later, if elected prior to 1988). Byrne received the most donations from individuals and PACs employed by the Leadership PACs industry.

From 2013-2014, 32 percent of Byrne's career contributions came from the top five industries as listed below.[39]

Donation Concentration Metric graphic.png
Bradley Byrne Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $1,608,906
Total Spent $1,386,147
Top five industries that contributed to campaign committee
Leadership PACs$154,000
Lawyers/Law Firms$129,550
Real Estate$60,950
% total in top industry9.57%
% total in top two industries17.62%
% total in top five industries32%


Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[40]

Byrne most often votes with:

Byrne least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Byrne missed 30 of 429 roll call votes from January 2014 to July 2014. This amounts to 7 percent, which is worse than the median of 2.5 percent among current congressional representatives as of July 2014.[41]


Byrne and his wife, Rebecca, have four children.[42]

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  2. AP, "December 17, 2013, Results," accessed December 17, 2013
  3. Associated Press, "Alabama - Summary Vote Results," accessed November 5, 2013
  4. 4.0 4.1 AP Results, "Alabama Special Election Primary," accessed September 24, 2013
  5. 5.0 5.1, "BREAKING: Rep. Jo Bonner resigning from Congress," May 23, 2013
  6. 6.0 6.1 The Huffington Post, "Election 2014," November 4, 2014
  7., "Ex-Democrat top vote-getter in Ala. Republican congressional primary," accessed September 28, 2013
  8. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "BYRNE, Bradley, (1955 - )," accessed January 23, 2015
  9. U.S. House of Representatives, Office of the Clerk, "Committee Information," accessed February 18, 2015
  10. United States House of Representatives, "Directory of Representatives," accessed February 25, 2014
  11. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  12. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  13. Clerk of U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 31: H.R. 2642," accessed February 12, 2014
  14. Politico, "House clears farm bill," accessed February 12, 2014
  15. 15.0 15.1 New York Times, "Senate passes long-stalled farm bill, with clear winners and losers," accessed February 12, 2014
  16. 16.0 16.1, "House passes compromise $1.1 trillion budget for 2014," accessed January 20, 2014
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 21," accessed January 20, 2014
  18. Roll Call, "House Passes $1.1 Trillion Omnibus," accessed January 20, 2014
  19. U.S. House, "House Resolution 676," accessed July 30, 2014
  20. Yahoo News, "Suing Obama: GOP-led House gives the go-ahead," accessed July 30, 2014
  21. Washington Post, "House clears way for lawsuit against Obama," accessed July 30, 2014
  22. 22.0 22.1 On The Issues, "Bradley Byrne Vote Match," accessed June 18, 2014
  23. The questions in the quiz are broken down into two sections -- social and economic. In social questions, liberals and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while conservatives and populists agree in choosing the more restrictive answers. For the economic questions, conservatives and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while liberals and populists agree in choosing the more restrictive answers.
  24. Campaign website, "Issues," accessed April 11, 2014
  25. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  26. AP, "December 17, 2013, Results," accessed December 17, 2013
  27. Associated Press, "Alabama - Summary Vote Results," accessed November 5, 2013
  28. Associated Press, "Alabama - Summary Vote Results ," accessed September 24, 2013
  29. Associated Press, "Republican Runoff Primary," accessed November 5, 2013
  30. Open Secrets, "Career Fundraising for Bradley Byrne," accessed January 26, 2015
  31. Open Secrets, "Bradley Byrne 2014 Election Cycle," accessed February 24, 2015
  32. Open Secrets, "Winning vs. Spending," accessed February 23, 2015
  33. Federal Election Commission, "Bradley Byrne April Quarterly," accessed April 17, 2014
  34. Federal Election Commission, "Bradley Byrne Pre-Primary," accessed June 2, 2014
  35. Federal Election Commission, "Bradley Byrne July Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2014
  36. Federal Election Commission, "Bradley Byrne October Quarterly," accessed October 20, 2014
  37., "Cash contributions in AL-01 congressional race" accessed July 16, 2013
  38. 38.0 38.1 38.2 Roll Call, "Byrne Leads Special Election Fundraising Race | #AL01," accessed September 13, 2013
  39., "Rep. Bradley Byrne," accessed September 19, 2014
  40. OpenCongress, "Bradley Byrne," accessed July 18, 2014
  41. GovTrack, "Bradley Byrne," accessed July 21, 2014
  42. Project Vote Smart, "Bradley Byrne's Biography," accessed February 3, 2015
Political offices
Preceded by
Jo Bonner
U.S. House - Alabama District 1
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