Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) announced today his guest for the 2020 State of the Union address will be Johnny Spann from Winfield, Alabama. Johnny’s son, Johnny Micheal Spann, was a CIA officer, Alabama native, and the first American killed in combat during the 2001 invasion of Afghanistan.
Congressman Byrne said: “It is a special honor to have Johnny Spann join me for this historic State of the Union address. Johnny and the Spann family have an intimate understanding of the suffering shared by countless American families who have lost loved ones in service. We must always cherish Mike’s memory and remember those who have sacrificed to preserve the freedoms we cherish as Americans.”
Last year, Byrne introduced the No Leniency for Terrorists Act to amend federal law to prevent inmates convicted of crimes related to terrorism from being released early for good behavior. John Walker Lindh, who had pleaded guilty to supporting the Taliban and was responsible for Spann’s death, was released last year after serving only 17 years of his 20-year sentence.