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Bradley Byrne

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Bradley Byrne
Bradley Byrne.jpg
U.S. House, Alabama, District 1
In office
January 8, 2014-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 1
PredecessorJo Bonner (R)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
First electedDecember 17, 2013
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
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.



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

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Byrne serves on the following committees:[7]

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.[8] For more information pertaining to Byrne's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[9]


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.[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

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.[13][14] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[14] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[15] 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.[13][14]

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.[16] Byrne joined the other 224 Republicans in favor of the lawsuit. All Democrats voted against the resolution.[17][18]


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.[19]

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[20]
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.[19]

Campaign themes


Byrne's campaign website lists the following issues:[21]

  • 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 is running for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He won the Republican nomination unopposed in the primary election on June 3, 2014. Byrne will face Burton LeFlore (D) in the general election on November 4, 2014.


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.[23][24][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[25]
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[26]


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


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



Byrne led the field in terms of total outside contributions with $75,882.[31]


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.[32] That is almost $80,000 more than Wells Griffith, who raised the second-highest amount during the same period.[32] Griffith raised $162,250 and had $87,730 in cash on hand going into the primary.[32]


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.[33]


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.[34]

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.[35]


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.[36] According to campaign manager Alex Schriver, the Byrne family was at Dale's bedside and canceled all campaign events scheduled for October 24, 2013.[36][37]

"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."[36]

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See also

External links

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  1., "Bradley Byrne to run for AL-01 congressional seat," accessed June 4, 2013
  2. 2.0 2.1, "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., "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, "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. U.S. House, "House Resolution 676," accessed July 30, 2014
  17. Yahoo News, "Suing Obama: GOP-led House gives the go-ahead," accessed July 30, 2014
  18. Washington Post, "House clears way for lawsuit against Obama," accessed July 30, 2014
  19. 19.0 19.1 On The Issues, "Bradley Byrne Vote Match," accessed June 18, 2014
  20. 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.
  21. Campaign website, "Issues," accessed April 11, 2014
  22. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  23. AP, "December 17, 2013, Results," accessed December 17, 2013
  24. Associated Press, "Alabama - Summary Vote Results," accessed November 5, 2013
  25. Associated Press, "Alabama - Summary Vote Results ," accessed September 24, 2013
  26. Associated Press, "Republican Runoff Primary," accessed November 5, 2013
  27. Federal Election Commission, "Bradley Byrne April Quarterly," accessed April 17, 2014
  28. Federal Election Commission, "Bradley Byrne Pre-Primary," accessed June 2, 2014
  29. Federal Election Commission, "Bradley Byrne July Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2014
  30. Federal Election Commission, "Bradley Byrne October Quarterly," accessed October 20, 2014
  31., "Cash contributions in AL-01 congressional race" accessed July 16, 2013
  32. 32.0 32.1 32.2 Roll Call, "Byrne Leads Special Election Fundraising Race | #AL01," accessed September 13, 2013
  33. Politico, "Alabama Republicans in tight duel," accessed October 31, 2013
  34. OpenCongress, "Bradley Byrne," accessed July 18, 2014
  35. GovTrack, "Bradley Byrne," accessed July 21, 2014
  36. 36.0 36.1 36.2, "Bradley Byrne cancels Thursday's campaign events amid family tragedy," accessed October 28, 2013
  37., "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
Succeeded by