Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) today announced the winner of the Congressional App Challenge for Alabama’s First Congressional District during a visit to Fairhope Middle School.
Kaleigh Chambers, Alex Etheridge, and Logan Lanicek of Fairhope Middle School won the Congressional App Challenge for their application entitled “Student Shuffle.” The students’ app will be displayed in the United States Capitol and will be featured on the House of Representatives’ website.
Congressman Byrne said: “Congratulations to Kaleigh, Alex, and Logan on winning the Congressional App Challenge. Understanding and being proficient in technology is critically important in the 21st Century economy, so I applaud all students who take an interest in coding. I also want to thank the teachers and administration at Fairhope Middle School for encouraging students to take part in the Congressional App Challenge and for expanding interest in coding and technology.”
To view the winning submission, click here.
The Congressional App Challenge is open to all students in Alabama’s First Congressional District. For more information on the competition, click here.Read More
Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) today voted in favor of the Conference Report to accompany H.R. 2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act, also known as the 2018 Farm Bill. The bill represents the final product negotiated by members of the House and the Senate after both chambers passed separate versions of the bill earlier this year.
The bill passed by a vote of 369 to 47.
The 2018 Farm Bill supports and sustains Alabama’s farmers and foresters by reauthorizing farm programs and directing the nation’s agricultural policy for the next five years. Despite recent gains in manufacturing, Alabama remains an agriculture state. Farming, forestry, livestock and crop production represent more than $70 billion in annual economic output in Alabama.
Congressman Byrne said: “Our farmers and foresters are our future. I am pleased to support this bipartisan legislation to better support our farmers in Alabama and throughout the country.
“The 2018 Farm Bill will allow for improved crop protections and loan options for farmers, incentivize rural development, support animal disease prevention and management, and will continue our nation’s commitment to agriculture and farmers.
“I am especially pleased to see the substantial resources provided to improve rural broadband access to communities. Providing Internet access to people in rural Alabama is absolutely critical to economic development and the success of these communities in the 21st Century.”
Each year, Congressman Byrne holds an “Ag Matters” tour and visits family farms and forestland throughout Southwest Alabama. The Farm Bill is consistently the top issues discussed each year.
The 2018 Farm Bill is supported by various groups including the Alabama Farmers Federation (ALFA), American Farm Bureau Federation, National Cotton Council, National Association of Conservation Districts, National Pork Producers Council, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, National Alliance of Forest Owners, and Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue.
The 2018 Farm Bill sets the country’s agricultural policy for the next five years. Among the many important provisions, the bill:
Click here to learn more about the 2018 Farm Bill.Read More
Congressmen Bradley Byrne (R-AL) delivered a speech on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives Tuesday morning in memory of former Escambia County Sheriff Scotty Byrne. Scotty Byrne passed away on November 18th at the age of 92.
A transcript of Congressman Byrne’s speech can be found below.
Congressman Byrne said: “Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor the legacy of long-time Brewton, Alabama, resident and my cousin, G.S. “Scotty” Byrne, Jr., who passed away on November 18th at the age of 92.
"Scotty was a veteran of World War Two having served in the 351st Infantry Division under General Mark Clark, and later went on to serve as Sheriff of Escambia County for 24 years.
"In college at the University of Southern Mississippi, Scotty was a premier two-sport athlete excelling in both baseball and golf. He was the first athlete to be inducted into the USM Sports Hall of Fame for two sports. Throughout his life, he was one of the ablest golfers in our part of the state.
"During his tenure as sheriff, he was a vocal supporter of the Alabama Sheriff’s Boys Ranch, providing resources for children in need throughout Alabama.
"Without a doubt, Scotty was one of the most memorable citizens in Escambia County’s long history.
"So, on behalf of Alabama’s First Congressional District, I want to share our condolences with Scotty’s family. He will be sorely missed.”Read More
Our nation came together last week as we mourned the loss of a truly great American. No matter our race, religion, creed, or political party, we were drawn toward the light that was President George H.W. Bush.
His life spanned nearly one hundred years of American history and was dedicated to serving the United States.
History often records the works of great leaders. George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Winston Churchill all led with a sense of service and devotion to their people. But what makes a leader truly special is humility, humor, and a deep moral code guiding their every day.
President Bush embodied those very attributes.
His biographer, Jon Meacham, summed up the Bush life code best in his eulogy: “Tell the truth. Don't blame people. Be strong. Do your best. Try hard. Forgive. Stay the course."
In every walk of life, President Bush did just those things. Integrity guided everything he undertook, and his lifetime of achievements testify to this. He was a decorated war hero in the Navy during WWII, an extremely successful businessman in Texas, Congressman, Ambassador to the United Nations, Chairman of the Republican National Committee, Chief of the U.S. Liaison to the People’s Republic of China, Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, Vice President, and President of the United States of America.
His sense of humor was always charming, sometimes teasing, but never out of malice or needling. He knew how to tell and take a good joke, and he loved to make people laugh.
He took everything he did seriously and with dignity. His first and foremost goal was to serve the American people to the best of his ability and let the thousand points of light in our communities shine bright by one small act of kindness and devotion to each other at a time.
In his inaugural address, President Bush emphasized this point: “What do we want the men and women who work with us to say when we are no longer there? That we were more driven to succeed than anyone around us? Or that we stopped to ask if a sick child had gotten better, and stayed a moment there to trade a word of friendship?”
Since his presidency, George H.W. Bush has remained an example of leadership. For him, it was never about accolades as much as it was about service to the American people.
He was the brightest of those thousand points of light in everything he did. The light that shone through him came from his devotion to his country, to his family, and to God.
I had the honor to pay my respects to President Bush in the Capitol Rotunda and attend the funeral service held in the National Cathedral last week. It was the most moving church service I have ever attended. The testimony shared by everyone there spoke to a life well lived and firmly grounded.
He loved life and loved the people he spent it with. As his son, President George W. Bush, said at the service, “The idea is to die young as late as possible. … As he aged, he taught us how to grow old with dignity, humor and kindness. And, when the good Lord finally called, how to meet Him with courage and with joy in the promise of what lies ahead.”
President George H.W. Bush will be remembered as a true American leader: someone who served totally, cared deeply, laughed fully, and loved completely.
As we move on to the New Year, I hope that in some small way we can embody just a small measure of those traits. If we do, one can only imagine how much brighter the light of our nation will shine.Read More
Congressmen Bradley Byrne (R-AL) issued the following statement upon learning that NOAA Fisheries published a new rule to increase the annual catch limits and annual catch targets for the Red Snapper fishery in the Gulf of Mexico.
Congressman Byrne said: “This increase from NOAA shows exactly what those of us on the Gulf Coast have known for years: the health of the Red Snapper fishery is incredibly strong. These latest numbers will further drive us to continue fighting for greater state control over the Red Snapper fishery and a full and adequate Red Snapper fishing season.”
Under the proposed rule, the total catch limit for recreational Red Snapper fishing in the Gulf of Mexico would increase from 6.7 million pounds to 7.4 million pounds, a 10.45% increase.
Last year, Congressman Byrne worked with Senator Richard Shelby and other Gulf Coast congressmen to secure a full Red Snapper season for Alabama’s recreational fishermen.Read More
Some of the greatest sporting events in history have come down to the wire. Those bottom of the ninth, fourth and inches, double overtime plays are what stand out in our memories as the greatest successes or the worst defeats in sports history.
Similarly, we here in Washington are entering our own home stretch of the 115th Congress. It has been a long year filled with many victories for the people of Alabama, but there is still work to be done.
Next year, the game will change completely. With Democrats taking control of the House, things will be different.
Where bipartisan progress can be made, we must take advantage of it. Instead of being the “resistance,” we should be the loyal opposition. Loyal to the country but opposing policies and ideas that do not match up with our conservative values and beliefs.
I promise you two things that won’t change no matter who is in charge of the House: I will put Alabama’s priorities first, and I will support President Trump and his pro-America agenda.
For now, the next two weeks will be like the bottom of the ninth in Washington. We still need to pass a Farm Bill that works for our Alabama farmers and foresters, ensure the national flood insurance program continues, pass a funding bill for the remaining portions of the federal government, and protect our Southern border.
As I have said before, our farmers are our future. Without the tireless efforts of farmers all across the nation, life as we know it would not exist. I am hopeful we can pass a strong Farm Bill by the end of the year to provide greater protections for Alabama farmers and ensure benefits for rural America.
The flood insurance program is very important for those of us in coastal Alabama, and I want to see the program reformed and strengthened in a way that protects our coastal communities. We cannot let the program expire, so I will be pushing hard to get the program reauthorized.
Similarly, we must work to fund the remainder of the federal government. We currently have around three-quarters of the government funded for next year, including the critical funding needed to rebuild our military. This was the first time in a decade that we have been able to reach this point on time and in a bipartisan way.
Now, we must address funding for agencies like the Department of Justice, Department of Agriculture, and the Department of Homeland Security. I want to see a funding bill that reflects the need to rein in wasteful spending while also supporting programs and projects important to Alabama.
It is imperative that any funding bill also help secure our southern border. It is clear that our immigration system is broken, and we must fix it. First, however, we must build President Donald Trump’s border wall and stem the flow of illegal immigration.
I have a solution to provide funding for the wall: the 50 Votes for the Wall Act. By using the budget reconciliation process, we can avoid Democrat obstruction in the Senate and secure the funds necessary to complete this task. I hope my colleagues will make the right decision for the country and bring my bill up for a vote.
These next two weeks will be the last play of a tough-fought game. As we near the goal line, I am committed to trying to get a few more wins for Alabama and America before the next Congress starts.Read More
Congressmen Bradley Byrne (R-AL) issued the following statement regarding the passing of the 41st President of the United States, George H.W. Bush.
Congressman Byrne said: “George H.W. Bush was an American hero and icon. Throughout his 94 years, he served our nation in so many ways, and he accomplished so much. Despite all of this, I think the life of George H.W. Bush is best summed up in a very simple phrase: he was a good man. May God be with the Bush family and a grateful nation as we mourn and remember a good man and an American hero.”Read More
Washington, D.C. – November 29, 2018 – Congressmen Bradley Byrne (R-AL) and Drew Ferguson (R-GA) today announced a friendly wager on the SEC Championship Game between the University of Alabama and the University of Georgia. Ferguson is staking Chick-fil-a on a Bulldog victory, and Byrne is risking Alabama seafood for a Crimson Tide win.
Byrne and Ferguson had a similar wager during last year’s National Championship Game, with Byrne and the Crimson Tide coming out on top.
Congressman Byrne said: “There is no doubt Alabama is the powerhouse in the SEC this season. Time and again Alabama’s offense has rolled past team after team to secure a perfect 12-0 record. I expect that same focus, drive, and intensity against Georgia this Saturday. Nick Saban and Tua Tagovailoa will make it 13-0 against the Bulldogs, and I look forward to another delicious Chick-fil-a meal from my Georgia colleague.”
Congressman Ferguson said: “I am confident this will be the year the student becomes the master and Kirby Smart leads the Dawgs to victory over Nick Saban and the Alabama team. With phenomenal players like the Third District’s Terry Godwin, the Georgia Bulldogs are sure to win the SEC Championship and head to the playoffs. I look forward to enjoying some Alabama seafood to celebrate the win.”
Byrne is a graduate of the University of Alabama School of Law. Ferguson attended the University of Georgia before gaining early acceptance to the Medical College of Georgia.Read More
Click here to download broadcast quality video of Congressman Byrne’s speech.
Washington, D.C. – November 28, 2018 – Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) delivered a speech on the floor of the House of Representatives today to recognize Fox 10 News Anchor Bob Grip on his upcoming retirement.
The transcript of Congressman Byrne’s speech can be found below.
Congressman Byrne said: “Mr. Speaker, I rise to celebrate Bob Grip on his retirement after 33 years at Fox 10 News in Mobile, Alabama and an even more impressive 48 years in journalism.
“Bob has been a mainstay on televisions in Southwest Alabama and the Florida Panhandle for over three decades.
“Through his work at the anchor desk, Bob helped create a more informed community.
“Just as impressive is Bob’s contribution away from the TV station. He has dedicated countless hours to numerous service organizations and programs, including teaching journalism classes and hosting high school academic competitions.
“One of my fondest memories with Bob was when he tagged along for a day of my town hall meetings in rural Alabama. At each stop, Bob was the highlight. In fact, there is no doubt more people were excited to see Bob than their Congressman. It was a testament to just how loved and respected Bob Grip is by so many in Southwest Alabama.
“Mr. Speaker, I’m proud to call Bob a friend, and I want to wish him and his wife, Marie, all the best in retirement.”Read More
Staff members from the Office of Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) will hold office hours throughout Alabama’s First Congressional District on November 28th and 29th.
The staff members will be on hand to help constituents with problems they may be experiencing with federal agencies including the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Medicare, and Social Security. Staff members can also assist constituents who need help applying for or receiving a United States passport.
Wednesday, November 28
9:30 - 10:30 am: Gulf Shores City Hall
11:00 am - 12:00 noon: Elberta City Hall
1:30 - 2:30 pm: Daphne City Hall
3:00 - 4:00 pm: Spanish Fort City Hall
Thursday, November 29
3:30 – 4:30 pm: Bay Minette City Hall
Wednesday, November 28
11:30 am – 12:30 pm: Grove Hill Town Hall
1:00 – 2:00 pm: White Smith Memorial Library in Jackson
Thursday, November 29
9:30 - 10:30 am – Atmore City Hall
11:00 am – 12:00 noon – Pollard Town Hall
1:30 – 2:30 pm: Brewton City Hall
Thursday, November 29
11:00 – 12:00 pm: Citronelle City Hall
3:00 – 4:00 pm: Dauphin Island Town Hall
Wednesday, November 28
9:30 – 10:30 am: Monroeville City Hall
Wednesday, November 28
3:00 – 4:00 pm: Washington County Public Library in Chatom
Thursday, November 29
9:30 – 10:30 am: McIntosh Town HallRead More
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Bradley Byrne 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 through various service and economic development organizations.
Byrne served as a member of the Alabama State Senate representing District 32 from 2003 to 2007. Byrne was elected to Congress in December 2013, to complete the term of Congressman Jo Bonner, who announced his retirement in May 2013. Congressman Byrne was elected to his first full term on November 4, 2014.
In Congress, Byrne has established himself as an effective legislator by successfully advocating for local interests while also championing a smaller, less invasive federal government. Byrne is a member of the House Committee on Armed Services, House Committee on Rules, and House Committee on Education and the Workforce.
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 the birth of their first grandson, MacGuire Arthur Byrne, on September 4, 2014. Bradley lives in Fairhope where he and his family are members of St. James Episcopal Church.
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