|Member of the Council of the District of Columbia At-large|
January 2, 1997 – January 2, 2005
|Preceded by||John L. Ray|
|Succeeded by||Kwame R. Brown|
|Member of the Council of the District of Columbia for Ward 6|
January 2, 1991 – January 2, 1997
|Preceded by||Nadine Winter|
|Succeeded by||Sharon Ambrose|
December 13, 1947
|Political party||Democratic Party|
Ohio State University B.A., J.D.,|
Georgetown University Law Center L.L.M.
Brazil moved to Washington, D.C., to work as a law clerk for Robert M. Duncan, a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces. Brazil later served as a United States Attorney for the District of Columbia from 1978 to 1980.
Brazil worked in the office of Senator John Glenn between 1980 and 1984. In 1984, Brazil began working as a lobbyist for Pepco. Brazil was a member of the D.C. General Hospital Commission in 1989.
After resigning from his position at Pepco, Brazil announced his candidacy to represent Ward 6 on the Council of the District of Columbia in April 1990. Brazil ran against Nadine Winter, the four-term incumbent. Brazil supported increasing penalties for repeat offenders and violent criminals and increasing funding for law enforcement officers. The editorial board of The Washington Post endorsed Brazil's candidacy.
Brazil won the Democratic primary election, with 43 percent of the vote. Brazil advanced to the general election, where he was on the ballot with the D.C. Statehood Party's candidate, R. Bradford McMahon. Brazil won the general election, with 93 percent of the vote.
In 2004, Kwame R. Brown challenged Brazil's reelection campaign. Brown criticized Brazil for treating his Council position as a part time job and serving as a rubber stamp for the Mayor.  Brown won the Democratic Party primary election with 54 percent of the vote, compared to Brazil's 32 percent.
In October 2008, Brazil and two women entered a tattoo shop in Georgetown. One woman went to the back to get a tattoo, but the shopkeeper said that rules prohibited the other woman to go with her. According to Brazil, Brazil objected, and the shopkeeper became rude, cursed Brazil, called him a racial slur, and beat him so much that he required medical treatment for his injuries. The shopkeeper said Brazil was the one who became belligerent, cursed the shopkeeper, and then urinated on the floor. In May 2009, Brazil was convicted of assault. The judge sentenced Brazil to 90 days of imprisonment, but the judge suspended the sentence on the condition that Brazil completes six months of unsupervised probation.
On July 1, 2014, the District of Columbia Bar admonished Brazil for improperly safeguarding clients' property, failure to represent a client diligently, and failure to act with reasonable promptness in representing a client. On January 18, 2018, he was disbarred by consent.
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- "Harold Brazil (D-Ward 6)". The Washington Post. 1996. Retrieved July 25, 2008.
- Greene, Marcia Slacum. "Seeds of Activism Grow to Aspiration: Mayoral Candidate Brazil's Roots Anchor His Political Views". The Washington Post. August 31, 1998. p. B1.
- Carmen, Barbara. "Mr. Brazil Takes His Columbus Common Sense to Washington". The Columbus Dispatch (Columbus, Ohio). July 24, 1998.
- "First Washington Political Try Goes Well for Columbus Native". The Columbus Dispatch (Columbus, Ohio). October 28, 1990.
- "Voter's Guide: D.C. Council". The Washington Post. September 6, 1990. p. VGDC4.
- Pianin, Eric. "Glenn Criticizes Reagan in D.C. Campaign Stop". The Washington Post. p. B3.
- Abromowitz, Michael. "Brazil Seeks Council Seat in Ward 6". The Washington Post. April 5, 1990. p. DC11.
- Sherwood, Tom. "Officials Take Road Trip in Quest for Baseball: Barry, Smith Explore Minority Ownership of D.C. Team During Visit to West Coast". The Washington Post. July 16, 1987. p. C5.
- Abramowitz, Michael. "Gunshot Victims Strain Hospital: D.C. General, Also Citing Budget Cuts, May Shut Trauma Unit". The Washington Post. February 17, 1989. p. D1.
- McCall, Nathan. "Council Contests Shape Up: Contenders Crowd At-Large Seat Race". The Washington Post. June 7, 1990. p. J1.
- McCall, Nathan. "Winter Is Facing A Stiff Challenge: Votes on Homeless, Parking Fees Criticized". The Washington Post. July 5, 1990. p. DC1.
- "The Next D.C. Council" (editorial). The Washington Post. September 9, 1990. p. D6.
- Sanchez, Rene. "Winter Loses Ward 6 Seat: Wilson, Cropp Triumph". The Washington Post. September 12, 1990. p. A21.
- Walsh, Elsa. "Campaign Competition, From Intense to Relaxed: Council Candidate Brazil Walking Tall in Ward 6". The Washington Post. November 1, 1990. p. DC1.
- "Voter's Guide: D.C. Council". The Washington Post. November 1, 1990. p. VGD4.
- Sanchez, Rene. "Wilson Elevated to Chairman: Cropp, Mason Beat Barry". The Washington Post. November 7, 1990. p. A31.
- "Election Results". The Washington Post. November 8, 1990. p. D10.
- "Historical Elected Officials: Ward 6 Member of the Council of the District of Columbia". District of Columbia Board of Elections and Ethics. July 25, 2008. Archived from the original on July 23, 2008.
- "Historical Elected Officials: At-Large Member of the Council of the District of Columbia". District of Columbia Board of Elections and Ethics. July 25, 2008. Archived from the original on July 23, 2008.
- Montgomery, Lori. "Brazil Faces Energetic Foe in At-Large Race: Challenger Brown Captures Some Key Endorsements". The Washington Post. September 9, 2004. p. B1. 
- Montgomery, Lori; Woodlee, Yolanda. "Barry In, 3 D.C. Council Incumbents Out; Ex-Mayor Ousts Allen; Chavous, Brazil Also Lose". The Washington Post. September 15, 2004. p. A1.
- "Harold Brazil Alleges Racist Epithet Preceded His Pissing on Shop Floor". Washington City Paper. April 15, 2009.
- Alexander, Keith L. "Ex-D.C. Council Member Harold Brazil Convicted of Assaulting Tattoo Shop Manager". The Washington Post. May 2, 2009.
- Shipp, Jr., Wallace E. "In re Harold Brazil. Esquire D.C. Bar No. 190124 Bar Docket No. 2013-D123". District of Columbia Bar. July 1, 2014.
- In re: Harold E. Brazil, No. 18-BS-3 (D.C. 2018)
|Council of the District of Columbia|
| Ward 6 Member, Council of the District of Columbia
John L. Ray
| At-Large Member, Council of the District of Columbia
Kwame R. Brown
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