Bradley Byrne is a conservative fighter who has been a forceful advocate for Southwest Alabama in the United States House of Representatives.
Bradley 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 coming to America from Ireland. One of Gerald’s sons became the first Probate Judge in Baldwin County, another son, Baldwin’s first postmaster. Bradley’s grandfather was elected Sheriff of Mobile County in 1926, notably running as the candidate of sweeping reforms in a campaign against “The Ring,” the corrupt cabal that then ruled Mobile public life. Bradley is the second of Elizabeth and Arthur Byrne’s three children. The Byrnes have been a continuous part of the Mobile-area community since well before Alabama’s statehood.
Bradley attended University Military School in Mobile. After completing his undergraduate studies at Duke University, Bradley came home and received his law degree from the University of Alabama School of Law. He practiced law in Mobile for more than 30 years, always active in the local community in various service organizations.
In 1994, Bradley entered the public arena, offering his candidacy as a member of the Alabama State Board of Education. He was elected, and then reelected in 1998. In 2002, Bradley won the Republican nomination and general election to the State Senate representing District 32, and he was reelected in 2006.
In 2007, Bradley 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. The system was plagued with well-publicized problems. An entrenched system of corruption needed great reforms to return to the core mission of educating students and preparing them for the workforce. Bradley’s reform efforts have been successful. Working with a dedicated team, the two-year college system was righted, and the ongoing effort to serve students and the people of Alabama has been refocused to its proper goals.
In his role as Chancellor, Bradley also served as Chairman of the State Workforce Planning Council. In that role he oversaw all of Alabama’s workforce development efforts, giving him a keen understanding of the state’s ability to expand the workforce by fostering a business climate that creates good jobs.
In Congress, Byrne has been a forceful advocate for Southwest Alabama priorities like getting a new I-10 bridge built over the Mobile River, maintaining the Navy contracts at the Austal shipyard in Mobile, working towards a longer Red Snapper season for our coastal communities, and defending our shared family values.
Byrne has also worked to hold Washington bureaucrats accountable and to reduce federal spending. Byrne has led the charge to repeal Obamacare and pushed to restore state control over education. Improving care at the Department of Veterans Affairs and ensuring veterans have access to private medical care have also been top priorities for Byrne.
Bradley Byrne has been married to the former Rebecca Dukes of Montgomery for over 30 years. Rebecca is the President and CEO of the Community Foundation of South Alabama, and they are the parents of four children: Patrick, Kathleen, Laura, and Colin. Bradley and Rebecca welcomed their first grandson, MacGuire, in September 2014.
Bradley lives in Fairhope where he and his family are members of St. James Episcopal Church.