Pete Sessions welcomes Bradley Byrne to U.S. House Rules Committee


Fairehope U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne has joined the powerful U.S. House Rules Committee, raising the sophomore representative’s profile as well as the collective clout of Alabama’s congressional delegation. Tuesday was his first day.

Alabama Today asked committee Chairman Pete Sessions how Bryne’s first day went.

“Our committee works hard on issues that are important to the American people, and I can already tell, from Day One, that Congressman Byrne is ready to roll his sleeves up and dive into these issues,” Session said. “He brings a fresh passion to the Rules Committee, all while keeping in mind what’s important to his folks back home.”

In a news release on the appointment, Session expressed pleasure at Byrne’s ascension to the 13-member panel.

“I am pleased to welcome my friend and colleague Bradley Byrne to our Committee,” Sessions said. “An accomplished lawyer, local advocate and state senator, Congressman Byrne is deeply devoted to causes he believes in and is willing to work hard on issues in Washington that are important to his constituents in Alabama.

“His commitment to a small, conservative federal government and a strong national defense will be an asset to the Speaker’s Committee, and I look forward to working with him,” Sessions said.

Byrne was named to the panel by House Speaker John Boehner who praised Byrne, saying he has “distinguished himself as an effective legislator focused on issues that matter to his constituents in Alabama.”

Byrne’s Alabama’s 1st Congressional District includes Washington, Mobile, Baldwin, Escambia and Monroe counties, as well as part of Clarke County.