Brendan F. Boyle

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Brendan F. Boyle
Representative Brendan F. Boyle.jpg
Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
from the 170th district
Assumed office
January 6, 2009[1]
Preceded by George T. Kenney
Personal details
Born (1977-02-06) February 6, 1977 (age 37)
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Jennifer
Residence Philadelphia
Alma mater University of Notre Dame
Harvard University
Religion Roman Catholic

Brendan F. Boyle is a Democratic member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. He is the state representative from the 170th District, which covers parts of Northeast Philadelphia and Montgomery County. He has represented the district since 2009. On April 8, 2013, he announced his candidacy for the U.S. House of Representatives for Pennsylvania's 13th congressional district.

Early life and education[edit]

The son of an Irish immigrant, Boyle was born and raised in the city of Philadelphia. He attended parochial schools in the city before receiving an academic scholarship to the University of Notre Dame. Boyle graduated from Notre Dame with a degree in Government. Boyle later attended graduate school at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. He earned a master's degree from Harvard in public policy.[2]

Pennsylvania House of Representatives[edit]

On November 4, 2008, Boyle defeated Republican Matthew Taubenberger, son of 2007 mayoral candidate Al Taubenberger, by a margin of 15,442 (59.2%) to 10,632 (40.8%) to win the election.[3] He became the first Democrat ever elected to represent the 170th House district.[4]

On November 2, 2010, Boyle won re-election despite a national Republican wave. Boyle defeated Republican Marc Collazzo by a margin of 64% to 36%.[5] On the same night, his brother, Kevin, was also elected to a seat in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.[6] Kevin defeated former Speaker of the House John M. Perzel. Brendan and Kevin Boyle made history as the first brothers to ever serve together in the Pennsylvania House.[7]

In August 2008, Brendan Boyle was named "one of top 10 rising stars" in politics by the Philadelphia Daily News.[8] Kevin Boyle also made the Top 10 list. In 2011, the Aspen Institute chose Boyle as one of its Rodel Fellows,[9] a program that "seeks to enhance our democracy by identifying and bringing together the nation's most promising young political leaders."[10]

For the 2012 election cycle, Boyle was chosen to serve as Chairman of the House Democratic Campaign Committee, the campaign arm of the House Democratic Caucus.[11]

2014 Congressional campaign[edit]

In April 2013, he announced his candidacy for Pennsylvania's 13th congressional district, a seat which will be vacant following the run of Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz for Governor. He has the support of Congressman Bob Brady, as well as union leaders within the city of Philadelphia.[12] On May 20, 2014, he won the Democratic primary election for the Pennsylvania 13th.


  1. ^ "SESSION OF 2009 - 193D OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY - No. 1". Legislative Journal. Pennsylvania House of Representatives. January 6, 2009. 
  2. ^ Biography. Boyle for Congress.
  3. ^ Department of State, Bureau of Elections, 2008 Results
  4. ^ Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 170 House District 170 Wikipedia Entry
  5. ^ Department of State, Bureau of Elections, 2010 Results
  6. ^ Catherine Lucey (November 3, 2010). "Kevin Boyle trips Perzel for Pa. House seat". 
  7. ^ Monica Yant Kinney (November 14, 2010). "Monica Yant Kinney: Philadelphia's Brothers Boyle: Outsiders who made it in". 
  8. ^ "Here are 10 under 40 who are moving into position". August 4, 2008. 
  9. ^ "Aspen Institute-Rodel Fellowship Class of 2011". The Aspen Institute. 
  10. ^ "The Aspen Institute Selects "Rising Stars" in Governance for its Rodel Fellowships in Public Leadership Program". 
  11. ^ Keegan Gibson (June 21, 2011). "Exclusive: Boyle to Chair HDCC". PoliticsPA. 
  12. ^ Joe Shaheeli (May 30, 2013). "Pols on the Street: Brendan Boyle Says He's In!". The Philadelphia Public Record. 

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