Jerry Brady

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Jerry Brady
Personal details
Jerry Michael Brady

(1936-03-20) March 20, 1936 (age 83)
Boise, Idaho, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Rickie Orchin
Children2 daughters
3 sons
Alma materUniversity of Notre Dame
University of California,
WebsiteCampaign website

Jerry Michael Brady (born March 20, 1936) is an American businessman, explorer and politician from Idaho. He owns an Idaho Falls newspaper that is distributed in southeast Idaho and is a member of the Democratic Party.

Brady twice ran unsuccessfully for Governor, losing in 2002 to incumbent Dirk Kempthorne and in 2006 to congressman Butch Otter.[1][2]

Brady graduated from Idaho Falls High School in 1954 and the University of Notre Dame in 1958. He attended law school at the University of California (Boalt Hall) in Berkeley and earned a J.D. in 1962.[3]

Beginning in 1963, Brady served as a legislative assistant to United States Senator Frank Church. From 1969 to 1972 Brady was the assistant director and later director of public affairs for the Peace Corps, and practiced law in Washington, D.C. from 1979 to 1984.

In 1984, Brady returned to Idaho to manage his family's media companies, first as general manager of KIFI-TV in Idaho Falls, then as publisher of the Post Register, Idaho Falls' daily newspaper which he owns. Brady currently serves as the newspaper's president.[4]

Brady announced in 2006 that he would not pursue a third consecutive gubernatorial run in 2010.[5]

Brady is a great-grandson of James H. Brady (1862–1918) of Pocatello, a Republican governor (1909–1911) and U.S. Senator (1913–1918). In November 1914, he became Idaho's first senator to be elected by direct popular vote, following the ratification of the 17th Amendment in 1913.

Idaho Gubernatorial Elections: Results 2002–2006
Year Democrat Votes Pct Republican Votes Pct 3rd Party Party Votes Pct 3rd Party Party Votes Pct
2002 Jerry Brady 171,711 41.7% Dirk Kempthorne (inc.) 231,566 56.3% Daniel L.J. Adams Libertarian 8,187 2.0%
2006 Jerry Brady 198,845 44.1% Butch Otter 237,437 52.7% Marvin Richardson Constitution 7,309 1.6% Steve Gothard Libertarian 7,241 1.6%


  1. ^ "Governor". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. November 2, 2006. p. 2, election section.
  2. ^ November 7, 2006 General Election Results Statewide Totals Archived September 22, 2012, at the Wayback Machine Accessed 28 December 2007
  3. ^ "Primary profiles". Moscow-Pullman Daily News. Idaho-Washington. May 25, 2002. p. 4A.
  4. ^ - About Us Archived April 6, 2014, at the Wayback Machine Accessed 28 December 2007
  5. ^ Brady done, but other Idaho Dems consider running again Accessed 28 December 2007 Archived September 28, 2007, at the Wayback Machine

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Party political offices
Preceded by
Robert Huntley
Democratic nominee for Governor of Idaho
2002, 2006
Succeeded by
Keith Allred