Brendan Boyle

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Brendan F. Boyle
Brendan Boyle U.S. House Photo.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 13th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2015
Preceded by Allyson Schwartz
Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
from the 170th district
In office
January 6, 2009[1] – January 3, 2015
Preceded by George T. Kenney
Succeeded by Martina White
Personal details
Born Brendan Francis Boyle
(1977-02-06) February 6, 1977 (age 38)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Jennifer Boyle
Children 1
Alma mater University of Notre Dame
Harvard University
Religion Roman Catholic
Website Representative Brendan Boyle

Brendan Francis Boyle (born February 6, 1977) is a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives, representing Pennsylvania's 13th congressional district since January 3, 2015. The district includes parts of Philadelphia and Montgomery County. He was previously a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, representing the 170th District from 2009 to 2015.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

The oldest son of Francis, an Irish immigrant, and Eileen Boyle, Brendan was born and raised in the Olney neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He attended Cardinal Dougherty High School before receiving an academic scholarship to the University of Notre Dame. He graduated from Notre Dame with a degree in Government. He attended graduate school at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government, where he earned a master's degree in Public Policy.[3]

Pennsylvania House of Representatives[edit]


Boyle ran unsuccessfully for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 2004 and 2006, losing both times to longtime Republican incumbent George T. Kenney. 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 to succeed Kenney,[4] becoming the first Democrat ever elected to represent the 170th district.[3][4][5]

On November 2, 2010, Boyle won re-election, defeating Republican Marc Collazzo by a margin of 64% to 36%.[4][6]

For the 2012 election cycle, Boyle ran unopposed and was selected as Chairman of the Pennsylvania House Democratic Campaign Committee, the campaign arm of the House Democratic Caucus.[7]

Boyle ran unopposed in the 2014 election cycle.


As a state lawmaker, Boyle's focus was on greater educational access. During his first term in office, he introduced the REACH Scholarship program, which would offer tuition-free public college for qualifying Pennsylvania students. He fought cuts to public K-12 and higher education funding, and supported greater investment in infrastructure, voting in 2013 for legislation that provided the first comprehensive transportation funding overhaul in Pennsylvania in nearly 20 years. He was a founding member of the LGBT Equality Caucus during his first term in office. In 2014, he introduced legislation to amend Pennsylvania's hate crimes statutes to include crimes perpetrated based on sexual orientation.[3]

Boyle also introduced legislation during his tenure to make genocide education a required part of Pennsylvania public school curricula, expand access to school counseling services and revise state laws to offer greater protection for victims of domestic violence.

Committee assignments[edit]

  • Appropriations
  • Insurance
  • Labor Relations
  • Liquor Control
  • Democratic Policy

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]



In April 2013, Boyle announced his candidacy for Pennsylvania's 13th congressional district, with the heavily Democratic leaning seat being vacated by the incumbent congressperson, Allyson Schwartz, who declined to run for reelection to make an ultimately unsuccessful run for Governor. Boyle had the support of nearly 30 labor unions across the Philadelphia region.[5]

Despite early polling showing a nearly 30 point lead for former Congresswoman Marjorie Margolies in the Democratic primary, Boyle won the May 20, 2014 primary with 41% of the vote, bolstered by winning 69% of the vote in the Philadelphia portion of the district. He went on to win the seat in the general election on November 4, 2014, defeating Republican Carson "Dee" Adcock with 67% of the vote.[8][9]

Committee Assignments[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Brendan is married to Jennifer, a Montgomery County public school teacher; the couple has one child and resides in the Somerton neighborhood of Northeast Philadelphia.

His brother Kevin J. Boyle serves as a representative of Pennsylvania's 172nd House district, having been elected in 2010 by defeating former Speaker of the House John M. Perzel.[10] Brendan and Kevin were the first brothers to serve simultaneously in the Pennsylvania House.[11]

In August 2008, Brendan Boyle was named "one of top 10 rising stars" in politics by the Philadelphia Daily News.[12] In 2011, the Aspen Institute chose Boyle as one of its Rodel Fellows,[13] a program that "seeks to enhance our democracy by identifying and bringing together the nation's most promising young political leaders."[14]


  1. ^ "SESSION OF 2009 - 193D OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY - No. 1" (PDF). Legislative Journal. Pennsylvania House of Representatives. January 6, 2009. Retrieved November 9, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Rep. Brendan Boyle". PA House of Representatives Official Website. PA House of Representatives. Retrieved 29 January 2015. Rep. Brendan Boyle resigned his PA House District 170 seat to serve as a member of the U.S. Congress. 
  3. ^ a b c Brendan Boyle biodata,; accessed November 9, 2014.
  4. ^ a b c Pennsylvania election returns (2008); accessed November 9, 2014.
  5. ^ a b Joe Shaheeli (May 30, 2013). "Pols on the Street: Brendan Boyle Says He's In!". The Philadelphia Public Record. Retrieved November 9, 2014. 
  6. ^ Pennsylvania election returns (2010; accessed November 9, 2014.
  7. ^ Keegan Gibson (June 21, 2011). "Exclusive: Boyle to Chair HDCC". PoliticsPA. Retrieved November 9, 2014. 
  8. ^ Representative Brendan Boyle profile Pennsylvania House of Representatives official website; accessed November 9, 2014.
  9. ^
  10. ^ Catherine Lucey (November 3, 2010). "Kevin Boyle trips Perzel for Pa. House seat". 
  11. ^ Monica Yant Kinney (November 14, 2010). "Philadelphia's Brothers Boyle: Outsiders who made it in". Retrieved November 9, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Here are 10 under 40 who are moving into position". August 4, 2008. 
  13. ^ "Aspen Institute-Rodel Fellowship Class of 2011". The Aspen Institute. Retrieved November 9, 2014. 
  14. ^ "The Aspen Institute Selects "Rising Stars" in Governance for its Rodel Fellowships in Public Leadership Program". Retrieved November 9, 2014. 

External links[edit]

United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Allyson Schwartz
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 13th congressional district

January 3, 2015 – present
United States order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Mike Bost
United States Representatives by seniority
Succeeded by
Ken Buck