|Born||April 11, 1952|
|Occupation||Political Commentator and Pastor|
|Known for||Candidate for U.S. Congress, Pundit, Professor, and Preacher|
Stephen Broden is a former Republican political candidate from the state of Texas in the 30th congressional district (map) for the U.S. House. He was defeated by Democratic incumbent Eddie Bernice Johnson. Broden is a businessman, political commentator, former professor, and an activist for pro-life causes.
Broden graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor and then a Master of Arts degree in Communication, and he later studied at the Dallas Theological Seminary where he received a Master of Arts in Bible Studies.
He served as an Adjunct Professor at Dallas Baptist University from 1990–1992 and spent 10 years in the private sector at Atlantic Richfield Company (ARCO) in Human Resources. He has been a business owner of several self-serve car wash facilities, and has also worked as a newscaster, disc jockey, and radio broadcaster. Currently he is a co-host on the radio program Life and Liberty for KSKY, 660 AM and is also a radio broadcaster of One-Minute "thought of the day" commentaries on this station. He serves as President of the African-American Alumni Association Executive Committee.
Broden founded the Fair Park Bible Fellowship Church in 1987 and serves as its Senior Pastor. He has served as President of the Fair Park Friendship Center for over 18 years and as its Executive Director for over 11 years. The center provides assistance to the community's "inner-city" families, including a clothing store and back-to-school rally where children from neighborhood families are provided with donated school supplies and family counseling.
Broden advocates in the Fair Park and South Dallas areas for economic opportunity, improved access to education, and against abortion. He is a spokesman for the black pro-life movement in Dallas and a contributor to blackprolifemovement.blogspot.com. He is a founder of Ebony Berean, an organization whose mission includes informing African-American Pastors of the "Culture War".
He is a speaker for the Tea Party movement and advocates for a return to what he considers proper Constitutional principles in government and the Judeo-Christian values that he claims undergird the founding of the United States of America. He supports an individual's right to bear arms, which he claims emanates from the Second Amendment, and a broad conception of the Tenth Amendment to the United States Constitution.
He was awarded “Champion of the Republican Party” by the NRCC Business Advisory Council Texas and has also received the Ronald Reagan Gold Medal Award. From 1999-2002 he served as Republican Precinct Chairman in DeSoto, Texas.
On March 2, 2010, Broden won the plurality of votes, in a three-way Republican primary election for the U.S. House in Texas's 30th congressional district, with 46.6%. On April 13, 2010 he won the Republican Primary runoff election, with 67.5% of the votes, and became the 2010 Republican candidate for the November general election.
In October 2010 Broden was accused of saying that the current federal government was "tyrannical" and suggested violent overthrow could not be ruled out if there was not a "change in leadership" resulting from the November elections during an interview with a local Dallas Television Station.
Johnson ended up defeating Broden by a margin of over 54%. Johnson had the largest margin of victory of any Democrat running for the U.S. House in Texas in 2010.
Broden has lived in the Dallas, Texas area for more than 30 years and is married to Donna W. Broden. They have three children: Jamaal, 32, Maia, 30, and Stephenie, 25.
- Broden for Congress Official Site
- "Pastor Stephen Broden: Life and Liberty". Retrieved 11 September 2010.
- Note from the Pastor at Fair Park Bible Fellowship Church
- Point of View Radio Talk Show
- Fair Park Friendship Center/After School Program
- Dallas County Young Republicans Official Site
- Stephen Broden Inspired Tea Party Express Patriots
- 9/12, Tea Party Groups Plan Rallies Throughout Dallas Area
- Constitutionalist Pastor Stephen Broden's Political Star Rising
- Glenn Beck Issues Challenge to America's Pastors
- Glenn Beck: What Would Martin Luther King Think of America Today?
- Project Vote Smart
- Office of the Secretary of State 2010 Republican Party Primary Election Night Returns
- 2010 Primary Runoff Elections
- Mason, Melanie (2010-10-22). "Republican congressional candidate says violent overthrow of government is 'on the table'". The Dallas Morning News.