Alabama Supreme Court Justice Tommy Bryan announced his bid for re-election to the state’s high court on Thursday. It would be the Republican’s second term.
After years of working in state courts, Byran first joined the court in 2013.
“I want to continue to bring leadership and judgment that the people of Alabama can trust,” Bryan said in a statement. “I want to ensure for the people of Alabama a judicial system that is fair and balanced.”
Bryan was raised on his family’s farm in Crenshaw County, Ala.. He credits his parents for instilling in him a belief of faith and love for family values — conservative values that he says he tries to protect on the court.
Judge Bryan graduated from Brantley High School in 1974, and when to graduate from Troy State University with both Bachelor and Master of Science Degrees. In 1983, he received his law degree from Montgomery-based Faulkner University’s Jones School of Law.
After graduating from law school, Bryan served as a staff attorney for the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals. In 1987, he became an assistant attorney general for the State of Alabama, serving as an associate general counsel for the Alabama Department of Environmental Management. He was first elected to the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals in 2004 and was re-elected for a second term in 2010.
In 2012, Bryan was elected to the Alabama Supreme Court. In that year he was also named “Judge of the Year” by the Family Law Section of the Alabama State Bar.
Bryan and his wife Pamela have two children, a daughter, Thomason, and a son, Tucker. They attend Montgomery’s First Baptist Church where he serves as a Deacon and sings in the sanctuary choir. He also teaches a young-married-adult Sunday School class.