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Byrne Announces Candidacy for Alabama’s First Congressional District

Posted on July 30th, 2013

SPANISH FORT – Former Alabama Two-Year College System Chancellor Bradley Byrne announced his candidacy for the state’s First Congressional District Tuesday in Spanish Fort. Byrne, now a Mobile attorney focusing on economic development, is credited with cleaning up widespread corruption and cronyism in the Two-Year College System and is running for the seat that will be vacant following Congressman Jo Bonner’s resignation in August.

Surrounded by family and friends at Five Rivers Delta Resource Center, the former state senator and state school board member said it is past time to address the issues facing our nation with real solutions, not the fruitless political games being played by President Obama and Washington Democrats.

“There is little doubt our nation and our region face many challenges – but we also enjoy abundant opportunities,” Byrne said. “I run for this office as a person who truly seeks real solutions to our problems. I intend to be a part of the effort to realize the promise of our nation and our area.”

Highlighting his keen understanding of local issues, Byrne, a sixth generation Mobilian, said the new Congressman for the First Congressional District needs to have a background and experience in legislating, a history of fixing broken parts of government, an experience-based background in economic development and a proven record of standing up for the traditional, conservative values shared by South Alabamians.

The 58-year-old Byrne praised world-renowned industries located in South Alabama and vowed to continue setting the stage protect existing jobs and attract new ones.

“Our nation doesn’t have to settle for an economic recovery which is barely felt, if experienced at all, by most people. It’s time to get our economy moving again, and triple our present rate of growth by removing unnecessary regulations and high taxes from our businesses and working people,” Byrne said. “We are very fortunate to have world-class, industry leaders like Airbus, Austal and ThyssenKrupp right here in our backyard. But we have to be proactive in protecting the jobs that are already here and recruiting new ones by getting government out of the way.”

Byrne said voters expect the federal government to live within its means, just like their businesses and families have to do.

“It’s time to balance the federal budget, without raising taxes, by holding the line on spending and allowing the American economy to grow,” Byrne said. “No magic, just some fiscal discipline and the benefit of expanding revenues from an expanding economy.”

Byrne and his wife Rebecca have been married for 32 years and are the parents of four children. For more information about the Byrne for Congress campaign, please visit