Alabama congressmen react after all being reelected
All seven of Alabama’s members of the United States House of Representatives were reelected on Tuesday, with none of the races ending up close.
In the southwestern part of the state, Rep. Bradley Byrne (AL-1) coasted to victory 63.3 percent to 36.7 percent against Democratic nominee Robert Kennedy, Jr.
In a tweet, Byrne said, “Thank you, Alabama! I’m honored to be your Congressman, and I promise to continue to fight each and every day for our state, our values, and our priorities.”
Then, in a statement on Wednesday morning, Byrne added more on his race and also commented on the results nationwide, with Democrats retaking the House but Republicans adding seats in the Senate.
“I am honored by the faith the residents of Southwest Alabama have put in me to continue to serve as their voice in Congress. We had so many great supporters throughout this campaign, and Rebecca and I truly appreciate all the hard work that went into the victory,” Byrne outlined.
The congressman, and potential 2020 U.S. Senate candidate, then talked about the red wave that swept across Alabama.
Byrne remarked, “Following the Senate special election in 2017, some thought Democrats had the opportunity to win throughout our state. What we saw on Tuesday night was pretty clear: Alabamians support commonsense, conservative candidates who stand up for the values and priorities of Alabama. We must continue to elect those kind of individuals to represent our great state.”
“At the national level, I was pleased to see Republicans make gains in the Senate, but disappointed in the results on the House side. Some truly outstanding public servants lost Tuesday night, and our country will certainly miss their contribution and service. Despite the results, I promise you two things will not change: I will continue to fight each and every day for Alabama, our values, and our priorities, and I will continue to stand up to support President Trump and his conservative, pro-growth agenda,” he concluded.
To the east of Byrne’s district, Rep. Martha Roby (AL-2) beat back the Democratic challenge from Tabitha Isner 61.5 percent to 38.5 percent.
What a night! I’m humbled & grateful to the people who live & work in AL-02 for once again placing their trust in me to fight for them in Congress. Each day, I wake up & strive to be the best possible representative of our values in Congress. Looking forward to the next 2 years! pic.twitter.com/wyoLBfwXWV
— Martha Roby (@TeamRoby) November 7, 2018
Rep. Mike Rogers (AL-3) nearly doubled the vote count of the much-hyped Democrat Mallory Hagan, with the incumbent Republican winning 63.9 percent to 36.1 percent.
— Mike Rogers Campaign (@MikeRogersCamp) November 7, 2018
Alabama’s most lopsided congressional contest saw Rep. Robert Aderholt (AL-4) shellacking Lee Auman 79.9 percent to 20.1 percent.
In a statement, Aderholt said, “I want to thank the voters of the 4th Congressional District for electing me to serve them for another term in the U.S House of Representatives in Washington. There is no greater honor than to work for and serve the people of the Fourth District, representing the conservative values that are important to our state.“
In the state’s northernmost district, Rep. Mo Brooks (AL-5) comfortably defeated “socialist” opponent Peter Joffrion 61.1 percent to 38.9 percent.
On Tuesday night, according to WHNT, Brooks remarked, “Well it’s a humbling experience when the people of a state or country decide that you are the one who’s best suited to represent them in an elected position, in this case people of the Tennessee Valley sending me back to D.C.”
Brooks continued, “I want them to know that I appreciate the nod of confidence they have given by what appears to be a fairly large margin, and I’m going to continue to keep doing what they want me to do.”
Then, there was Rep. Gary Palmer (AL-6) trouncing Democratic nominee Danner Kline by over a 2:1 ratio, 69.4 percent to 30.6 percent.
— Gary Palmer (@Palmer4Alabama) November 7, 2018
The only Democratic congressperson from Alabama, Rep. Terri Sewell (AL-7), ran unopposed. She spent Tuesday, and much of the election cycle, campaigning for Democrats in Jefferson County.
— Terri A. Sewell (@Sewell4Congress) November 7, 2018
Sean Ross is a staff writer for Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @sean_yhn