Bob Brady

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Bob Brady
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 1st district
Incumbent
Assumed office
May 19, 1998
Preceded by Tom Foglietta
Chairman of the House Administration Committee
In office
May 3, 2007 – January 3, 2011
Preceded by Juanita Millender-McDonald
Succeeded by Dan Lungren
Chairman of the
Philadelphia Democratic City Committee
Incumbent
Assumed office
June 16, 1986[1]
Preceded by Joseph Smith
Personal details
Born Robert A. Brady
(1945-04-07) April 7, 1945 (age 69)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Debra Brady
Residence Philadelphia
Alma mater HS diploma
Occupation Carpenter, union activist
Religion Roman Catholic

Robert A. "Bob" Brady (born April 7, 1945) is the U.S. Representative for Pennsylvania's 1st congressional district, serving since 1998, and the ranking Democrat on the United States House Committee on House Administration since 2007. He has been the Chairman to the Philadelphia Democratic Party since 1986, and is one of the few members of Congress who is also a county chairman (Philadelphia Democratic City Committee).

Early life, education, and pre-congressional career[edit]

Brady was born in Philadelphia, the son of Enez (née Caterini) and Robert G. Brady, a police officer. His father was of Irish descent, and his maternal grandparents were immigrants from Italy.[2] [3] He graduated from St. Thomas More High School, but did not attend college, but went to work as a carpenter, becoming a part of the leadership of the union, and remains a member of several unions.[4]

He was elected a precinct committeeman for the Democratic Party in 1968. When wardleader and then-City Council President George X. Schwartz was convicted and imprisoned in the Abscam scandal, Brady was elected to succeed him as Democratic Leader of the 34th Ward, a position that he still holds today.[5] Since June 1986, Brady has been the Chairman of the Philadelphia Democratic Party. He served as a staff aide in the Philadelphia City Council and a staff aide in the Pennsylvania State Senate. Brady has been an instructor at the University of Pennsylvania. He was also a member of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission from 1991 until his election as a Congressman.

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

Elections[edit]

When 17-year U.S. Congressman Tom Foglietta resigned from the House of Representatives upon being named U.S. Ambassador to Italy by Bill Clinton, Brady was unopposed in the primary and won the general election with 74% of the vote. Brady was sworn in on May 19, 1998. He has won re-election since, with at least 81% of the vote.

Tenure[edit]

Abortion

Brady is pro-choice and voted against President Bush's restrictions on funding to family planning groups in 2001. Over the years, he has supported minors’ abortion rights, voting in 2005 for the right for those under 18 years of age to obtain abortions across state lines without parental consent.[6] He voted against the Stupak-Pitts Amendment, which prohibits health insurance companies from offering abortion coverage in a plan to any citizen. He opposed a proposal to prohibit federally funded abortion services.[7] Over the past fifteen years, organizations such as the National Association for the Repeal of Abortion Laws (NARAL), the National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association, and Planned Parenthood rated him 100%.[8]

Budget and Spending

Brady supports the growth of small businesses and voted in favor of the Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendment. The recent amendment, passed in September 2010, provides loans to small business through financial institutions.[8] He, along with the House, passed the Small Business Jobs Bill in October 2010 to provide millions of small businesses with the tax relief and access to credit that they need to expand, grow, and hire workers.[8]

Immigration

Brady supports a liberal stance on immigration as well. He voted against the Secure Fence Act (2006), which authorized the construction of additional fencing along the U.S.-Mexico border, as well as the Immigration Law Enforcement Act of 2006.[8] He does continue to support Homeland Security Appropriations for border protection, in addition to the U.S. Visitor and Immigrant Status Technology project.[8] The program works towards improving the nation's capability to keep track of immigrants and control their entry and exit.[9] Groups such as the National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute, the American Immigration Lawyers Association, and the Federation for American Immigration Reform have rated Brady between 50% and 100% for his pro-immigration political stances.[8]

Brady with President Clinton

Committee assignments[edit]

Caucus memberships[edit]

  • Congressional Arts Caucus

2007 Mayoral campaign[edit]

On January 25, 2007 Brady announced that he would seek the Democratic Party nomination for mayor of Philadelphia. He was the second sitting U.S. Congressman after Chaka Fattah to announce his candidacy for mayor.[10] On March 6, Brady failed to list his city pension on the financial-interests statement he filed with his nominating petitions. Within a week Milton Street filed a petition challenge to remove Brady from the ballot for failing to disclose his pension income. Another challenge was brought by a group of voters, and supported by mayoral candidates Tom Knox and Dwight Evans. On April 13, 2007, the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court ruled that Brady's failure to not list part of his income would not keep him off the primary ballot.[11] On May 15, 2007, Brady lost the Democratic mayoral primary to Michael Nutter.

Power and influence[edit]

  • The Philadelphia Inquirer described him as "the longtime boss of the Democratic City Committee, one of the few old-fashioned big-city political machines left. Running against him could equal career suicide."[12]
  • In 2001, the political website PoliticsPA described him as a "consummate 'backroom politician' (and we say that with respect!)" and said that he might be the best county party chair in Pennsylvania.[13] In 2003, the Pennsylvania Report said that Brady has "managed effectively to balance his multiracial district and city Democrat party."[14][15]
  • In 2009, the Pennsylvania Report noted that "[w]hile he still would like to be Mayor, Brady's influence and power in Philadelphia remains strong."[16]
  • Pennsylvania State Senator Anthony Williams said he is "probably one of the most politically astute politicians in the last 20 years, and that's rarefied air." J. Whyatt Mondesire, head of the Philadelphia chapter of the NAACP, said no one can match "Brady's relationships with politicians across the Democratic landscape."[17]

Electoral History[edit]

  • 2014 Election to the US House[18]
    • Bob Brady (D) (inc.), 83%
    • Megan Ann Rath (R), 17%
  • 2012 Election to the US House[19]
    • Bob Brady (D) (inc.), 85%
    • John Featherman (R), 15.1%
  • 2010 Election to the US House[20]
    • Bob Brady (D) (inc.), unopposed
  • 2008 Election to US House[20]
    • Bob Brady (D) (inc.), 91%
    • Mike Muhammad (R), 9%
  • 2006 Election to the US House[20]
    • Bob Brady (D) (inc.), unopposed
  • 2004 Election to the US House[20]
    • Bob Brady (D) (inc.), 86%
    • Deborah Williams (R), 13%
  • 2002 Election to the US House[20]
    • Bob Brady (D) (inc.), 86%
    • Marie Delaney (R), 12%
  • 2000 Election to US House[20]
    • Bob Brady (D) (inc.), 88%
    • Steve Kush (R), 12%
  • 1998 Election to US House[20]
    • Bob Brady (D) (inc.), 81%
    • William Harrison (R), 17%
  • 1998 Special Election to US House[20]
    • Bob Brady (D), 74%
    • William Harrison (R), 13%
    • Juanita Norwood (Reform), 11%

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mayor's Choice Elected City Democratic Chief". The Philadelphia Inquirer. June 17, 1986. Retrieved January 16, 2012. 
  2. ^ Robert Brady profile
  3. ^ Freepages profile at ancestry.com
  4. ^ Robert Brady House of Representatives website
  5. ^ Committee of Seventy (2009-12-21). "2009 Citizen's Guide" (PDF). 2009 Citizen's Guide. The Committee of Seventy, Philadelphia, PA 19103. Retrieved 2009-12-21. 
  6. ^ [1], Robert Brady on Abortion. Retrieved November 23, 2010.
  7. ^ [2], Representative Robert Brady. Retrieved November 23, 2010.
  8. ^ a b c d e f [3], Interest Group Ratings. Retrieved November 23, 2010.
  9. ^ [4], U.S. VISIT. Retrieved November 24, 2010.
  10. ^ Lucey, Catherine (January 25, 2007). "Starting Today, he's in the race". Philadelphia Daily News. Archived from the original on September 27, 2007. Retrieved 2007-04-13. 
  11. ^ "Court Ruling Keeps Brady On Mayoral Primary Ballot". Associated Press. April 13, 2007. Archived from the original on February 9, 2008. Retrieved 2007-04-13. 
  12. ^ Brady profile, Phialdelphia Inquirer
  13. ^ "PA's Best and Worst County Chairs". PoliticsPA. The Publius Group. 2001. Archived from the original on 2003-02-12. 
  14. ^ "The PA Report "Power 75" List" (PDF). Pennsylvania Report. Capital Growth, Inc. January 31, 2003. Archived from the original on 2006-09-02. 
  15. ^ Roarty, Alex; Sean Coit (January 2010). "Pennsylvania Influencers". Politics Magazine. pp. 44–49. Archived from the original on 2010-02-07. 
  16. ^ "PA Report 100" (PDF). Pennsylvania Report. Capital Growth, Inc. January 23, 2009. Archived from the original on 2009-08-14. 
  17. ^ Anthony Williams quote re Brady
  18. ^ "2014 General Election Unofficial Returns". November 4, 2014. Retrieved November 9, 2014. 
  19. ^ "2012 General Election Official Returns". November 6, 2012. Retrieved December 19, 2012. 
  20. ^ a b c d e f g h "Pennsylvania House District 1". Chicago Sun-Times. Associated Press. Retrieved 2008-04-07. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Bob Brady at Wikimedia Commons

United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Tom Foglietta
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 1st congressional district

1998–present
Incumbent
Political offices
Preceded by
Juanita Millender-McDonald
California
Chairman of the House Administration Committee
2007–2011
Succeeded by
Dan Lungren
California
Party political offices
Preceded by
Joseph Smith
Chairman of the Philadelphia Democratic City Committee
1986–present
Incumbent
United States order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Barbara Lee
D-California
United States Representatives by seniority
106th
Succeeded by
Steve Chabot
R-Ohio