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Bradley Byrne Wins AL-01 Special Election

Posted on December 18th, 2013

Bradley Byrne Wins AL-01 Special Election

Mobile, AL – December 17, 2013 –Bradley Byrne, the Republican nominee for Alabama’s First Congressional District, has claimed a resounding victory over Democrat Burton LeFlore in tonight’s special election contest to replace former Rep. Jo Bonner (R-AL). Byrne announced his candidacy on June 4, finishing atop a field of 9 candidates in the initial Republican primary September 24, and claiming nearly 40,000 votes in the primary runoff election November 5 that received national media coverage.

Speaking at his election night victory party Tuesday, Byrne said: “Tonight, the voters of South Alabama have sent a resounding message – that they want a conservative problem solver with a proven track record of achieving results to represent them in Congress. They’re tired of the name-calling and political gamesmanship in Washington. They want a conservative leader who will fight to represent our principles, but who also knows how to sit around a table and work out our differences. We here in southwest Alabama know the great and simple truth from the Pledge of Allegiance, that we are, indeed, ‘One Nation, Under God’ – and that, working together, we can be a great nation.

“As a community, we have such a bright future ahead of us – the potential to be an economic leader in our state and throughout the Gulf Coast region, bringing good-paying jobs and a better quality of life to South Alabama. But we can’t get there alone. We need a leader who will forge partnerships and promote pro-growth policies that will attract more investment and jobs to our community. That’s exactly what I plan to do as your Congressman.

“This has been a hard-fought campaign, but the real work is just beginning. I want to hear from you. Our door is always open – let us know how we can help. This is your seat, and I will work hard to build on the trust you’ve placed in me with your vote, one person at a time.”

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Bradley Byrne, 58, was born and raised in Mobile, just a few miles from the site where his great-great-great grandfather, Gerald Byrne, settled in the 1780’s.

After completing his undergraduate studies at Duke University, Byrne received his law degree from the University of Alabama School of Law. He has practiced law in Mobile for more than 30 years, always active in the local community in various service organizations.

Byrne served as a member of the Alabama State Board of Education and as a member of the Alabama Senate representing District 32. In 2007, Byrne was appointed by the Alabama State Board of Education as Chancellor of the Alabama Department of Postsecondary Education to serve as the chief executive officer of Alabama’s two-year college system.

Byrne has been married to the former Rebecca Dukes of Montgomery for 32 years. Rebecca is the Executive Director of United Way of Baldwin County, and they are the parents of four children: Patrick, Kathleen, Laura, and Colin. Bradley lives in Fairhope where he and his family are members of St. James Episcopal Church.