Republican Bryan Brinyark has won the Alabama House of Representatives District 16 special election.
The House district that covers Fayette County and portions of Jefferson and Tuscaloosa Counties was left vacant earlier this year when former State Rep. Kyle South resigned from the House to serve as the CEO of the West Alabama Chamber of Commerce.
In a statement to 1819 News, Brinyark said, "I am humbled to have been elected the state representative for Alabama’s House District 16. I want the voters to know that I take this new job and responsibility seriously. I will be available to you and always have an open door. I am ready to get to work!”
Alabama Republican Party chairman John Wahl quickly congratulated Brinyark on a solid victory in a statement to 1819 News.
"I am thrilled to congratulate Representative-elect Bryan Brinyark on his win," Wahl said. "Bryan was an outstanding candidate, and I know he will do an amazing job as he represents the people of District 16."
He added, "The Republican party is committed to protecting our traditional, conservative values from the radical left-wing agenda and its woke policies. Today's results show that Alabama voters want strong, conservative leadership in Montgomery. I look forward to working with all our candidates this legislative session as we work to defend the rights and freedoms of every individual and pass legislation that puts people first,"
Brinyark won the Republican nomination in October 2023 when he narrowly defeated Brad Cox in a run-off election by nearly 200 votes.
Brinyark is from Tuscaloosa and attended the University of Alabama, where he graduated in 1990, followed by the Alabama School of Law in 1993. He is a partner attorney with Brinyark & Frederick, serving clients in West Alabama. For 19 years, he has lived on a small farm in the Samantha/Windham Springs area.
Since 2005, he has served as a municipal judge in Centerville and a substitute municipal judge in Tuscaloosa. He also served on the Alabama Judicial Study Commission, drafting the Continuing Education Rules for City Judges.
In a statement to 1819 News, Democrat nominee John Underwood conceded the race to Brinyark.
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