Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Auburn U., 1973; Juris Doctor, U. Alabama, 1976.
He was speaker of the House from 2002-2004. In 2004, Byrd made an unsuccessful run for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by retiring Senator Bob Graham as a Republican candidate. He was fourth in a field of six with 68,982 votes, 5.9 percent of the vote.
He moved to Florida in 1988, and joined the law firm Trinkle, Redman, Moody, Swanson and Byrd. He holds a B.S. in business administration from Auburn University and a J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law.
Prior public service included a spell as a school board member of the Brewton City School System in Brewton, Alabama. He is a past president of the Plant City Chamber of Commerce, a trustee of Evangelical University and Seminary and a member of the Plant City Rotary Club.