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Alabama Born and Raised
One of 14 children, Bobby Bright was born the son of a sharecropper on a cotton farm in the Wiregrass region of southeast Alabama. It was there he learned the value of honesty, hard work, and service to others.
He has been married to Lynn Clardy Bright, Retired Montgomery County District Judge, for 39 years. Bobby and Lynn are members of the First Baptist Church of Montgomery where Bobby has served as a Deacon since 1994. They have three children and three grandchildren. Since leaving public office, Bobby and Lynn have been cattle farming and own and operate Jackson Lake Island Park near Millbrook, AL
Education and Early Career
Bobby attended Auburn University where he graduated with a degree in political science, and went on to receive a Masters of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Troy State University. He worked as an auditor, math teacher, and a correctional counselor. Bobby received a Juris Doctorate Degree from Jones Law Institute in Montgomery and was a practicing attorney for 16 years before being elected as Mayor.
Mayor of Montgomery, Alabama
Bobby Bright was first elected Mayor of Montgomery in 1999 and led the fight to create jobs, reduce crime, and drive economic growth. Montgomery’s vibrant downtown of today began with Bobby’s vision to build Riverwalk Stadium and the Montgomery Biscuits have been successful beyond all expectations. This was soon followed by the Renaissance Hotel, the Alley Entertainment District, more hotels, along with new dining and entertainment opportunities. The extraordinary transformation of Montgomery’s center brought new life to the city. Bobby’s spirit of working together to meet the challenges facing his community spurred his reelection in 2003 and 2007. As Mayor, he not only balanced the budget every year, but maintained the
city’s “AA” credit rating (best in state) by holding spending and debt in check, to bring continued success and future opportunities to his community. Under Bobby’s leadership, Montgomery saw unprecedented job growth, with 15,000 new jobs including Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama. Under Mayor Bright’s leadership, Montgomery led the state in high-paying information technology and manufacturing job development.
His Time in Congress Representing Alabama
In 2009 Bobby had the opportunity to serve the Alabama’s Second Congressional District in the 111th Congress. He was once again recognized for his dedication and hard work responding to the individual needs of constituents and traveling throughout the District to listen to and address the concerns of the people. He served on the Armed Services, Agriculture and Small Business Committees. Bobby was an advocate for fiscal responsibility and sponsored a bill to balance the Federal Budget in order to cut wasteful spending.
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