Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) issued the following statement following the announcement of the discovery of the wreckage of the Clotilda, the last ship to deliver enslaved Africans to the United States, in the Mobile River channel near Africatown.
“This is a significant day for the people of Africatown but also for Alabama and our nation,” said Byrne. “We should seize upon this opportunity to help us better understand our complex American history. Harry Truman wisely said ‘the only thing new in the world is the history you do not know.’ Let’s use the discovery of the Clotilda to learn more about our history so we can discuss how best we can move forward together.”
Many current Africatown residents are descendants of enslaved Africans forcibly brought to the United States aboard the Clotilda, including those later freed following the Civil War. The site of the Clotilda wreckage, sought by historians and scientists for many years, is located in Rep. Byrne’s Southwest Alabama district.Read More
Staff members from the Office of Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) will hold office hours throughout Alabama’s First Congressional District on May 22nd and 23rd.
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, May 22
9:30 – 10:30 am: Bay Minette City Hall
11:00 am – 12:00 pm: Spanish Fort City Hall
2:30 – 3:30 pm: Fairhope City Hall
Thursday, May 23
9:00 – 10:00 am: Orange Beach City Hall
10:30 – 11:30 am: Elberta City Hall
2:00 – 3:00 pm: Robertsdale City Hall
Wednesday, May 22
11:30 am – 12:30 pm: Grove Hill Town Hall
1:00 – 2:00 pm: White Smith Memorial Library in Jackson
Thursday, May 23
10:30 – 11:30 am: Citronelle City Hall
1:30 – 2:30 pm: Satsuma City Hall
3:30 – 4:30 pm: Bayou La Batre City Hall
Wednesday, May 22
9:30 – 10:30 am: Monroeville City Hall
Wednesday, May 22
3:00 – 4:00 pm: Washington County Public Library in Chatom
Thursday, May 23
9:00 – 10:00 am: McIntosh Town HallRead More
Last week I had the great experience to join my colleagues in a little friendly competition at the Congressional Clays Competition hosted by the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus. It was great to express our Second Amendment rights with some healthy rivalry, but it reminded me of those in this country who cannot express this right freely.
Our Founding Fathers enshrined the right to keep and bear arms in our nation’s Constitution. Throughout our history, we have seen the importance of the Second Amendment for people to make a living, to provide for their families, and to protect their life and liberty.
Unfortunately, there are those in the United States who want to limit our Constitutional rights and infringe upon our freedoms. One place in particular trying to restrict the rights of gunowners to defend themselves is the City of New York. Based on their unconstitutional regulations, a court case, N.Y. State Rifle & Pistol Association Inc. v. City of New York, has been underway to right this egregious wrong. After several appeals, this case will determine if New York’s ban on transporting a handgun to a home or shooting range outside city limits is constitutional.
When I heard this case was heading to the Supreme Court, I knew something had to be done. That is why I led 120 of my House colleagues in filing an amicus brief before the Court in support of the right to bear arms. An amicus brief, known as a “friend of the court” brief, is filed by parties not in a case to provide the court with information, expertise, or insight on an issue.
Our Constitution is clear: the right to bear arms shall not be infringed. This case will provide the Supreme Court the first significant Second Amendment case in nearly ten years. Importantly, this will be the first time President Trump’s nominees, Justices Gorsuch and Kavanaugh, will get a chance to rule on the Constitutional right to keep and bear arms for protection and sport.
It is vital the Court use this opportunity to rein in out of control liberal legislatures and judges who are trying to destroy the Second Amendment rights of Americans.
As a gun-owner and avid hunter, I know how important it is for folks to express their rights. Many people I have heard from in Alabama over the years feel the same way. It seems far-left Democrats throughout the nation have lost touch with our founding principles many still hold dear.
Some people might say that this is only a New York issue that the Supreme Court should stay out of. But, when it comes to our Constitutional rights, it only takes an inch for a mile-wide divide to start. It doesn’t make sense that people of New York be held to a different standard than the people of Alabama, New Mexico, or Montana.
We must be constantly vigilant against such encroachments. This is a matter of privacy, telling you what you can and cannot carry in your own vehicle, and this is a matter of the sanctity of one of the oldest freedoms we know as Americans.
The Second Amendment enshrines an individual and fundamental right of citizens to protect themselves from violence and tyranny. Courts should block attempts to restrict those rights based on disingenuous arguments like those made by the City of New York. My colleagues and I were proud to call on the Supreme Court to uphold the Constitution and protect the rights of American citizens to own firearms.
No matter what, I will continue to be a strong advocate for gun owners throughout the United States, standing up to out-of-touch Democrats and fighting for our rights.Read More
Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) today spoke on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives in opposition to H.R. 5 – The Equality Act and raised concerns that this legislation infringes on the Freedom of Religion. His remarks as prepared are below.
Congressman Byrne said: “Madam Speaker, I rise in strong opposition to H.R. 5. As many of my colleagues have stated, there are a number of very troubling issues with this legislation. In my mind, perhaps none is more troubling than the bill’s explicit carve out from the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, otherwise known as RFRA.
“Under the First Amendment, Americans are blessed with the Freedom of Religion. This is much more than the freedom of worship. Not only do Americans have the right to worship as they see fit, their faith is not confined to what happens inside their place of worship. They have the right to practice their religion every day as they see fit.
“For many years, there was a strong bipartisan agreement that protecting this right was of the utmost importance. In the Civil Rights Act of 1964, religious protections enjoyed bipartisan support. Likewise, RFRA was heralded as a historic, bipartisan achievement.
“In the wake of the Supreme Court’s 1990 decision in Employment Division v. Smith, which rolled back longstanding constitutional protections for religious liberty, the Congress came together and restored broad protections for religious freedom under RFRA.
“RFRA was introduced by then-Representative Chuck Schumer and Senator Ted Kennedy. It passed unanimously in the House, 97-3 in the Senate, and was signed into law by President Clinton.
“For nearly two decades, RFRA has been the hallmark of protecting the religious freedom of Americans against the weight of a powerful federal government. Contrary to what some of its recent opponents claim, RFRA is not an automatic opt out of any law for people of faith. Instead, RFRA provides a common-sense balancing test between religious belief and government action.
“First, an individual challenging the government must show that they have a sincerely held belief that is being substantially burdened by the government (that is, there is a real matter of faith actually being affected by the government’s actions). If the individual successfully shows that, they do not automatically win their claim.
“The government may then show that it has a compelling interest (that is, a good reason) to interfere with the individual’s religious rights and that the interference is the least restrictive means to accomplish the government’s goal (that is, the government doesn’t have a better alternative).
“This test provides fairness for both sides. Unfortunately, today, the House proposes to break this historic protection and say that RFRA will not apply to the Equality Act. It is clear why they have done this.
“Without RFRA, it is less likely that faith-based charities and organizations will be able to uphold the faith of their organization when it runs counter to evolving norms on human sexuality.
“Without RFRA, it is less likely that Christian colleges and universities will be able to teach and uphold a biblical understanding of marriage and human sexuality.
“Without RFRA, it is less likely that parents in public schools will be able to opt their children out of mandated education that teaches human sexuality contrary to a family’s religious faith.
“Unfortunately, the modern Democratic Party has decided that mandating its beliefs on everyone is more important than upholding the rights of people of faith and those who possess contrary beliefs.
“Madam Speaker, that is truly radical and deeply troubling. It is unprecedented. It is contrary to the values and foundational freedoms of this country.
“I urge my colleagues to reject this legislation. Protecting the rights of some cannot come at the high cost of stripping away the rights of others, particularly when it comes to protecting religious liberty.”Read More
Congressman Bradley Byrne released the following statement after the U.S. Army’s Materiel Command selected the Anniston Army Depot as the primary location for Armored Multipurpose Vehicle (AMPV) repairs.
Congressman Byrne: “With the AMPV scheduled to replace the M113 class of vehicles currently repaired at the Depot, the Army made the logical choice to pick Anniston. This selection will maintain the efficient and high-performing workforce that has created a legacy of success on many Army programs. I’ve visited the Depot and seen firsthand the quality work accomplished there, and I’ll continue supporting their work through my service on the House Armed Services Committee.”Read More
Congressman Byrne led 120 of his House colleagues in filing a brief before the Supreme Court in support of the right to bear arms.
Congressman Byrne: “Our Constitution is clear: the right to bear arms shall not be infringed. With the Supreme Court set to take up the first significant Second Amendment case in nearly ten years, this will be the first time that President Trump’s nominees, Justices Gorsuch and Kavanaugh, will get a chance to rule on the Constitutional right to bear arms.
“It is vital that the Court use this opportunity to rein in out of control liberal legislatures and judges who are trying to destroy the Second Amendment rights of Americans.
“The Second Amendment enshrines an individual and fundamental right of citizens to protect themselves from violence and tyranny. Courts should block attempts to restrict those rights based on disingenuous arguments like those made by the City of New York. My colleagues and I call on the Supreme Court to uphold the Constitution and protect the rights of American citizens to own firearms.”
Chris W. Cox, executive director, NRA-ILA: “The importance of the Supreme Court’s decision to hear this case cannot be overstated. It sets the stage for affirming the individual right to self-defense outside of the home. On behalf of our five million members, we thank Rep. Byrne for his leadership role in filing the amicus brief supporting the NRA’s efforts to overturn New York City’s unconstitutional ordinance.”
Erich Pratt, executive director, GOA: “Gun Owners of America thanks Rep. Bradley Byrne for his efforts in drafting an excellent and thorough amicus brief for Members of Congress.
“Gun owners across the country — especially those ‘behind enemy lines’ living in anti-gun states — are rejoicing that the Supreme Court is taking up a Second Amendment case. For far too long, judges have ignored the Second Amendment, along with the Heller and McDonald decisions, instead employing a ‘balancing’ test that effectively leaves gun owners in anti-gun states with a second-class right to keep and bear arms.
“Rep. Byrne’s brief shows the Supreme Court that New York City’s laws are a massive violation of Second Amendment-protected rights and will not be tolerated by the elected representatives of the people any longer.”
An amicus brief, known as a “friend of the court” brief, is filed by parties not in a case to provide the court with information, expertise, or insight on an issue. N.Y. State Rifle & Pistol Association Inc. v. City of New York will determine if New York’s ban on transporting a handgun to a home or shooting range outside city limits is constitutional.Read More
Since Democrats took control of the House of Representatives, they have turned a blind eye to infanticide, promoted overregulation of American businesses, and sought socialist measures in the United States, oftentimes at the expense of the taxpayer.
They have also made it clear that they stand for open borders by ignoring the ongoing crisis at the southern border.
In the past five months, we have read story after story of illegal immigrants taking advantage of our weakened border and broken immigration system to commit horrendous, preventable crimes.
In March, there was a 230 percent increase in illegal border crossings in the Yuma Sector of Arizona alone.
That same month, a man who had been deported two times made his way back into our country and raped and killed an innocent woman in New Jersey.
And in Southwest Alabama, a beloved educator at Living Word Christian Center Kingdom Academy, Sonya Jones, was killed in a head-on wreck in Mobile by an illegal immigrant who failed to appear at a court date for his immigration case.
Too often our system allows foreigners to come into our country illegally, slip through the cracks, and commit horrific acts.
If Democrat House leadership would stop stonewalling and act, we could prevent these tragedies, and innocent Americans wouldn’t be needlessly put at risk.
I stand with President Trump and his continued calls to fund national security improvements at our border and fix our broken system. We owe it to the American people.
That is why I cosponsored the Fix the Immigration Loopholes Act. Congress must close the loopholes that continue to allow historic numbers of illegal immigrants to enter our country.
This legislation includes three reforms to prevent illegal immigration: fixing the Flores settlement, closing loopholes in the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA), and improving the asylum system.
The Flores case settlement, reached in 1997, states that children who come into the country illegally must be released into the U.S. after only 20 days. This terrible legal settlement, put in place by the Clinton Administration, caused the family separation problem last year. This bill will ensure children entering the country illegally are not separated from their parent or guardian while their claim is processed. It also contains measures to ensure that the accompanying adult truly is their parent or legal guardian, reducing the incentive for illegal immigrants to smuggle children to increase their chance of release into our country.
Closing loopholes in the TVPRA will do much to ensure that unaccompanied minors are quickly and safely returned to their home. Current policy only allows expedited action to be taken for children from countries that border the U.S. Children from other countries must go through a long court process, during which time they are released into our country. Oftentimes, they disappear before their court proceeding occurs. This bill will make sure they receive a hearing within 14 days and that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is provided with biographical information about the person or persons they are released to, helping to prevent human trafficking.
Lastly, this bill closes loopholes in the asylum process by tightening the “credible fear” standard which promotes frivolous and fraudulent claims of asylum. It also increases penalties for making false or frivolous claims in asylum proceedings. Currently, only about 20 percent of asylum claims are granted.
Illegal immigrants committing heinous, preventable crimes and smuggling children clearly constitutes a crisis. Our porous border must be secured by eliminating loopholes that incentivize illegality.
While Democrats stand idly by, I will continue to fight for your safety.Read More
Last week, I was honored to address a group of newly naturalized citizens of the United States. It was an experience that gave me the opportunity to reflect on a question as old as our nation itself: “What does it mean to be an American?”
In the United States, we don’t define citizenship as being part of the dominant ethnic group. And we do not define citizenship as being part of the dominant religion or hound out those with whom we disagree. Nor are we defined as the subjects of a monarch or strongman dictator.
Indeed, we Americans believe that “we the people” can govern ourselves.
It has been said that democracy acts as a mirror: the government you get in practice often reflects the virtues of its people. Benjamin Franklin is said to have acknowledged the burden of our system when asked what type of new government the Constitutional Convention had created. His answer? “A republic, if you can keep it.”
Unfortunately, there are some today that are losing sight of what our founders intended when our country was established.
Our federal government was designed to be limited because our Founders had been the victims of a despotic king and an uncaring parliament. So, the first words in our Constitution are, “We the People”. Note that those words aren’t “We the Government.” Over and over, the Constitution limits what the government can do and how it can do it. Why does it look so difficult to pass a law in Washington? Because it is supposed to be difficult, a byproduct of the Founders’ skepticism of consolidated government power.
In Washington today, though, there are those who are trying to turn away from these founding principles. Instead, they want to turn toward measures that create a more invasive and overreaching government. In short, they are looking to socialism to answer the problems that face us today, rather than a return to our founding principles.
Policies like Medicare for All and the Green New Deal attempt to use the government to fix problems in broad-sweeping, all-encompassing acts that forget about the individual, the economy, and our responsibilities as citizens of the United States.
Last week, socialism received a reality check in the form of a report proponents of these policies ordered themselves. The Congressional Budget Office issued an analysis on transforming our healthcare system in the United States to a single, government-operated system. Not only would it cost trillions of dollars for decades, it would be “complicated, challenging and potentially disruptive.”
We don’t have to look far to see the problems caused by socialism. The issues currently facing the country of Venezuela stem from their socialist policies and government overreach. Socialism took a country that has the largest proven oil reserves in the world and drove it down to the point that people are getting their drinking water from sewage ditches.
Yet when President Trump said that America is not a socialist country, half of Congress sat on their hands. The American people do not want what they have in Venezuela here in the United States.
Through our continuing great American experiment, certain longstanding values must continue to define us. Americans believe in hard work and honesty. We think common sense is more important than dollars and cents.
As I said, there are some here in America who want us to change. Change has always been a part of our country and our national identity. But the fundamentals, these values that underlie our national character, should never change. In fact, we should continue to build on them to, in the words of the Preamble to the Constitution, “form a more perfect union.”Read More
Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) spoke today at a naturalization ceremony for fifty citizenship candidates at the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park in Mobile. His prepared speech, titled “What Does It Mean To Be An American?”, is below.
Congressman Byrne said: “Let me begin by welcoming you all as new citizens of the United States of America. Whatever nationality you were when you woke this morning, from this point on you will wake up an American, able to enjoy all the blessings of liberty our great nation offers its citizens.
“I am blessed to have been born American. My family has been American since this part of Alabama was taken from the Spanish in 1813. That has been six generations ago, so in my family we have no memory of not being American.
“But, you have very clear memories of being from another country and have become a US citizen by choice, after undergoing a long and arduous process. For you, American citizenship is new, and I am certain that realization is filled with profound meaning.
“It seems fitting that all of us, natural born and naturalized alike, should take these occasions as opportunities to ask ourselves, ‘What does it mean to be an American?’
“Unlike China, we don’t define citizenship as being part of the dominant ethnic group—in their case the Han—or subscribing to a dominant ideology—Chinese Communism. And, unlike several Middle Eastern countries, we do not define citizenship as being part of the dominant religion or hound out those with whom we disagree, as sadly we have seen those countries’ Christian populations shrink away. Nor are we defined as the subjects of a monarch or strongman dictator. Indeed, we Americans believe that ‘we the people’ can govern ourselves, which at the time of our founding was a radical idea.
“To govern ourselves, we had to found our nation on some basic values. It’s our adherence and loyalty to those values that make us American. And it’s the traditions and practices which naturally flow from recognition of those values which create our American culture and character.
“The nineteenth century French observer of early America, Alexis De Tocqueville, insightfully noted that ‘America is great because she is good. If America ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.’ Put another way, in a republic like ours, only virtuous people can make a virtuous nation.
“What are these values which make us both good and great?
“Our values are found in our cherished American documents that I know all of you have come to know well: the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution as it has been amended, our civil rights statutes, and our great speeches like Washington’s Farewell Address, Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms, Kennedy’s Inaugural Address, Martin Luther King’s ‘I Have A Dream’ speech and Reagan’s ‘City on a Hill’.
“We were founded on the basic understanding that all we have comes from God. Look at the Declaration: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights.’ The equality of all people before the law and government is a fundamental gift to us as part of our very creation by God himself, and it is God who endows each of us with the very rights we hold so dear.
“Put succinctly, our rights are not of human origin, and the Founders themselves did not dare to claim differently. And like equality, these rights are part of the great truths which God has given to humankind.
“Note that God, or the ‘Creator’ in Jefferson’s Enlightenment prose, is deliberately left undefined by any particular religious sect or belief. The Founders were from many different denominations and recognized the wisdom of allowing citizens the freedom of diverse beliefs and convictions.
“God made us free, and that basic freedom is at the heart of our rights as US citizens.
“What rights result from that freedom?
“The Declaration specifies ‘Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.’ The Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments to the Constitution add ‘property’ to those three and make it clear we all must be accorded due process before these rights can be interfered with by the government.
“The First Amendment spells out our rights to be free of a government-established religion and to be free from government actions depriving us of our ability to freely exercise our religious beliefs. And it provides for freedom of the press; freedom to say what we believe or think; freedom of assembly; and the freedom to petition our government.
“The Second Amendment provides the right to bear arms. The Fourth Amendment protects us from the government searching or seizing our property unreasonably and without warrant.
“The Sixth and Eighth Amendments provide basic rights in criminal proceedings, and the Seventh a right to jury trials in civil proceedings.
“The Thirteenth Amendment abolished slavery, correcting the biggest error of the original Constitution, but only after decades of suffering by those who were immorally deprived of their basic human rights, and after a four-year civil war which took 600,000 American lives.
“The Fifteenth Amendment made it clear that US citizens can’t be discriminated against due to their race, but only after a century of shameful Jim Crow laws did the full weight of the power of government assure these rights with the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the 1965 Voting Rights Act.
“The Nineteenth Amendment gave women the right to vote, 150 years after the nation’s founding. In 1963, women were assured the right to equal pay. In 1964, the Civil Rights Act prohibited employment discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.
“It was to protect these God-given rights that our Founders established the principles of our republic. With these rights protected and secured by our system of government, our citizens are freed to govern themselves.
“Our federal government was designed to be limited because our Founders had been the victims of a despotic king and an uncaring parliament. So, the first words in our Constitution are, ‘We the People.’ Note that those words aren’t ‘We the Government.’ Over and over, the Constitution limits what the government can do and how it can do it. Why does it look so difficult to pass a law in Washington? Because it is supposed to be difficult, a byproduct of the Founders’ skepticism of government power.
“As de Tocqueville wrote, our system of government alone is not what makes us great. Having freedom and rights doesn’t necessarily make us a virtuous people. It has been said that democracy acts as a mirror: the government you get in practice get often reflects the virtues of its people. In many ways, democracy is a burden, although a burden worth carrying. Benjamin Franklin is said to have acknowledged that burden when asked what type of new government the Constitutional Convention had created. His answer? ‘A republic, if you can keep it.’
“Therefore, to be a US citizen, to be an American, is to have responsibilities. That’s because a nation like ours, built on the basic notions of freedom and individual rights, is not self-perpetuating. Each generation, each new citizen has a civic role to play. No citizen has the luxury of being passive. We must continually strive individually and together to preserve and improve upon this nation.
“President Kennedy said, ‘Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country.’ And millions of Americans have done that by wearing the uniform of our armed services, many paying the ultimate price to preserve their country.
“Dr. King spoke of the Founders writing a ‘promissory note’ on the ‘bank of justice’, a note we all have an obligation to pay. The rights I mentioned before have resulted from the continual work of generations, through slow, often painful cultural transformation leading to constitutional amendments and civil rights statutes.
“As Franklin Roosevelt said, ‘Since the beginning of our American history, we have been engaged in change—in a perpetual peaceful revolution—a revolution which goes on steadily, quietly adjusting itself to changing conditions—without the concentration camp or the quick-lime in the ditch.’ We should be thankful our system of government allows for continued self-examination and self-improvement. Though the courts have an appropriate role to play in this regard, it ultimately should be the people and their elected representatives who perform this work of national definition.
“Through our continuing great American experiment, certain longstanding values must continue to define us. Americans believe in hard work and honesty. We think common sense is more important than dollars and cents.
“We understand the value of patriotism and the debt we all owe those who wear our uniform and defend our country.
“We think families and communities are more important than big companies and big government. That’s why we love our local churches and schools, sacrifice for our children and honor our seniors.
“We love holidays like the Fourth of July, Memorial Day and Thanksgiving. We honor our faiths at Passover, Christmas, Diwali, and Easter. Yes, these holidays are about family, friends and fun, but we know they have transcendent meaning and we celebrate that.
“And we are generous. When natural disasters happen here or around the world, we jump in and help. If we can help rid Africa of AIDS, we do that. We are frequently the destination for those around the world who are persecuted for their beliefs. And when the world has needed us in World War II, the Cold War and the ongoing war on terror, we have led the way, paying a huge price in American lives and treasure.
“There are some here in America who want us to change. Change has always been a part of our country and our national identity. But the fundamentals, these values that underlie our national character, should never change. In fact, we should continue to build on them to, in the words of the Preamble to the Constitution, ‘form a more perfect union.’
“As your presence here today proves, we are a nation of immigrants, coming here from all over the globe to inhabit a nation Lincoln said was ‘conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all people are created equal.’ But, we—you and I—will decide by our lives and actions if ‘government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth.’
“So, my new fellow citizens, let us join together in the spirit of our Founders and pledge to one another ‘our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor’ as we uphold the values which have made us a good people. Let us heed the wisdom of de Tocqueville and pledge to one another to be good so that America can be great.
“Congratulations to you all, and welcome to the American family.
“God bless you, and God bless the United States of America.”Read More
Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) will hold a town hall meeting in Robertsdale on May 6th.
All of Congressman Byrne’s town hall meetings are open to the public and free to attend. More information can be found online at Byrne.House.Gov/TownHalls.
What: Robertsdale Town Hall Meeting
When: May 6th, 10:00 a.m. CT
Where: Baldwin County Association of Realtors (23280 County Road 65; Robertsdale, AL)Read More
119 Cannon HOB
Washington, DC 20515
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.