Alabama's newest member of Congress has landed seats on committees that he says will be important to his south Alabama district.
Republican Bradley Byrne was sworn in Wednesday in Washington to represent the 1st Congressional District. The House Republican Steering Committee has placed him on the House Armed Services Committee and the House Natural Resources Committee.
Alabama Republican Bradley Byrne has been sworn in as the newest member of the the House of Representatives.
Byrne easily won a December special election to fill Alabama's 1st Congressional District.
His victory in the general election came after a contentious GOP primary. That race pitted Byrne against businessman Dean Young. Byrne had the backing of many business groups including the Chamber of Commerce. Young was a favorite of local tea party groups and refused to back Byrne after losing to him.
Alabama's newest member of Congress will take the oath of office Wednesday in Washington.
Republican Bradley Byrne of Fairhope will be sworn in to represent Alabama's 1st Congressional District. A spokesman for Byrne says the ceremony is scheduled for around 2 p.m. on the floor of the House of Representatives. Byrne is planning a reception later Wednesday with seafood from his Gulf coast district.
Byrne won a special election last month to replace Republican Jo Bonner, who resigned to work for the University of Alabama System.
An independent candidate trying to run for former U.S. Rep. Jo Bonner's seat is suing the state.
James Hall of Stapleton says he filed suit against the state Monday. He's seeking easier access to the general election ballot in the 1st Congressional District.
Alabama law requires Hall to get the signatures of nearly 5,400 registered voters by Sept. 24 to get on the ballot. He says the short time frame for the special election makes that impossible. His federal court suit seeks to lower the number of signatures needed for ballot access.
Secretary of State Jim Bennett said two Democratic candidates in the 1st Congressional District will be included on the special election ballot even though the Alabama Democratic Party missed a deadline to turn in their names by one hour.
Former Republican state Sen. Albert Lipscomb of Magnolia Springs has dropped his plans to run in the 1st Congressional District.
Lipscomb announced July 30 that he would seek the seat vacated by Republican Jo Bonner, but when qualifying for candidates ended Monday afternoon, Lipscomb hadn't signed up. Spokesman J. Holland said Lipscomb cited the short notice for qualifying and the hardship and pressure it would have placed on his family.
Fairhope builder Daniel Dyas says he's joining the growing field of candidates looking to fill the Alabama congressional seat being vacated by Republican Rep. Jo Bonner of Mobile.
Al.com reports (http://bit.ly/123GBAC ) 31-year-old Dyas, also a Republican, ran for a Baldwin County Commission seat in 2010 and finished third in the GOP primary.
Bonner is resigning from Congress effective Aug. 15 to become a chancellor of the University of Alabama System. Gov. Robert Bentley will call a special election once Bonner's 1st District seat is officially open.
Dean Young is announcing that he plans to run for the Alabama congressional seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Jo Bonner.
Alabama's 1st Congressional District is in southwestern Alabama and includes Mobile.
Young, an entrepreneur and businessman, said he would work to create jobs, shrink the size of the federal government and return the nation to Christian principles. Young also noted the current scandals facing the Obama administration and said he would help put the nation "back on track."