Washington D.C. Inauguration Event for Congressman-Elect Bradley Byrne to Feature Alabama Gulf Seafood

U.S. Congressman-elect Bradley Byrne will take a touch of the Gulf Coast to the nation’s capitol for his Jan. 8, 2014, inauguration celebration.

To highlight his official swearing in as a U.S. House Representative for Alabama, District 1 – which includes coastal Mobile and Baldwin Counties – U.S. Rep.-elect Byrne’s event will feature Alabama Gulf Seafood, including shrimp, crab and oysters.

“To showcase the diversity of South Alabama industry, I am proud to feature Alabama Gulf Seafood at my inauguration as Representative for Alabama’s First Congressional District. My family has eaten fresh and delicious Alabama seafood for generations, and in my judgment, there is truly none better,” says Rep.-elect Byrne. “This industry is vital to our economy and culture, and I look forward to working together with the seafood industry to represent their needs in Washington.”

The expected 150-person event will take place from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. in the Cannon Caucus Room on the U.S. Capitol Complex Campus. All seafood prepared and served will come from local waters and will help illustrate the culture, passion and dedication of those who live along the 53-mile Alabama Gulf Coast.

“We congratulate Rep.-elect Byrne on his election and his official inauguration, and we are honored to have our coastal fare represent his home and district at the upcoming D.C. celebration,” says Chris Blankenship, director of Alabama Marine Resources and Alabama Seafood Marketing Commission (ASMC) program administrator.

To learn more about Alabama Gulf Seafood, visit EatAlabamaSeafood.com.


Bradley Byrne, 58, was born and raised in Mobile, Ala., 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 in various service organizations.

Byrne served as a member of the Alabama State Board of Education and as a member of the Alabama Senate representing District 32. In 2007, he was appointed by the Alabama State Board of Education as Chancellor of the Alabama Department of Postsecondary Education to serve as the chief executive officer of Alabama’s two-year college system.

Byrne has been married to the former Rebecca Dukes of Montgomery for 32 years, and they are the parents of four children: Patrick, Kathleen, Laura and Colin.


Established by Alabama Governor Robert Bentley by executive order signed in March of 2011, the Alabama Seafood Marketing Commission (ASMC) was created to help provide advice, oversight, management and encouragement to the marketing of Alabama seafood. Led by Chris Blankenship, director of the Alabama Marine Resource Division of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, the ASMC is comprised of volunteer members appointed by the Governor that includes fishermen, processors, charter boat operators, retailers, restaurant owners and others directly and indirectly related to the Alabama seafood industry.


Media Contact:
Ashley Fulmer, APR
PR Manager, Alabama Gulf Seafood
(205) 322-5646 x 551