Kevin Brady

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Kevin Brady
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Ranking Member of the House Ways and Means Committee
Assumed office
January 3, 2019
Preceded byRichard Neal
Chair of the House Ways and Means Committee
In office
November 5, 2015 – January 3, 2019
Preceded byPaul Ryan
Sam Johnson (Acting)
Succeeded byRichard Neal
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Texas's 8th district
Assumed office
January 3, 1997
Preceded byJack Fields
Member of the Texas House of Representatives
from the 15th district
In office
January 3, 1991 – January 3, 1997
Preceded byMike McKinney
Succeeded byTommy Williams
Personal details
Kevin Patrick Brady

(1955-04-11) April 11, 1955 (age 65)
Vermillion, South Dakota, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Cathy Brady
EducationUniversity of South Dakota (BA)

Kevin Patrick Brady (born April 11, 1955) is the U.S. Representative for Texas's 8th congressional district, serving since 1997. He is a member of the Republican Party. The 8th district includes a large swath of suburban and rural territory north of Houston.

Early life, education, and early political career[edit]

Brady was born in Vermillion, South Dakota, one of five children of William F. and Nancy A. Brady. His father, a lawyer, was killed in 1967 in a courtroom shooting in Rapid City when Brady was 12 years old.[1] His mother was left to raise five children by herself. He graduated from Central High School in 1973. Brady has a degree in mass communications from the University of South Dakota in Vermillion.[2]

A chamber of commerce executive at the Rapid City area chamber of commerce, Brady was elected to the Rapid City common council, at age 26. In 1982, he moved to Texas to work for the Beaumont chamber of commerce and later the south Montgomery county, The Woodlands chamber of commerce.

Texas House of Representatives[edit]

Brady began his Texas political career in 1990 when he was elected to the Texas House of Representatives, representing The Woodlands, parts of Montgomery County, and five other counties west and north of Houston.[3]

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

Brady speaks on healthcare in 2019


In 2002, Brady voted in favor of the Authorization for the Use of Military Force Against Iraq, authorizing the U.S. invasion of Iraq the following year.[4] Yet in 2008 he was one of the 24 Republicans (and 227 Democrats) to vote "yes" on the effort to impeach President George W. Bush for misleading the United States into going to war in Iraq.[5][6]

In 2005, Brady was a chief supporter of the Dominican Republic-Central America Free Trade Agreement (DR-CAFTA), working with the George W. Bush administration to secure passage of that free-trade agreement.[7][8][9] In 2011, Brady also voted in favor of free-trade agreements with South Korea[10] Colombia,[11] and Panama.[12] However, in 2017, Brady supports President Donald Trump's proposed border adjustment tax, arguing that the tax on imports would place the U.S. on a level playing field with other countries that have the tax and would raise an estimated $1 trillion for the federal budget.[13]

Brady is known as the author of a federal "sunset law" that would require every federal program not specifically written into the Constitution to justify its existence to taxpayers within 12 years or face elimination.[14]

Brady is the chairman of the U.S. House–Senate joint economic committee, the third Texan to lead the committee, after Sen. Lloyd Bentsen and Rep. Wright Patman.[citation needed]

In March 2012, he proposed the Sound Dollar Act, legislation to require the Federal Reserve to monitor gold and the foreign-exchange value of the U.S. dollar. The bill would also repeal the Federal Reserve's dual mandate (controlling unemployment and inflation) and replace it with a single mandate for U.S. dollar price stability.[15]

In November 2015, Brady was elected the 65th chairman of the Committee on Ways and Means, serving until 2018.[16]

In March 2017, Brady introduced an amendment to the American Health Care Act (the House Republican proposal to repeal the Affordable Care Act) that would allow health insurance providers to fully deduct all forms of compensation to their most highly compensated executives without limit, repealing the current law, which capped the deduction at $500,000 per executive. Los Angeles Times columnist Michael Hiltzik criticized Brady's amendment as a "secret payoff" to the health insurance industry because of the cryptic language of Brady's amendment.[17][18]

As chairman of the House Committee on Ways and Means, Brady opposed a resolution to request ten years' worth of returns from President Trump and his business entities.[19][20] Brady said that the resolution was an abuse done for "obvious political purposes".[21][22]

In February 2016, House Speaker Paul Ryan designated Brady as the leader of his Tax Reform Task Force.[23]

In November 2017, Brady said that the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 would provide "tax relief at every level"; in fact, seven percent of households in 2018 would pay more in taxes and by 2022, one quarter of households would pay more.[24] Brady's claim that 70% of the tax cuts in the bill would go to households making below $200,000 was found to be "misleading" by FactCheck.Org and "cherry-picked" by PolitiFact.[24][25] noted that "57.7 percent of the tax relief goes to those families making less than $200,000 in 2019 — not the 70 percent that Brady cited for 2019. By 2027, 50 percent of tax relief as a result of business and individual income tax changes would go to those making more than $200,000 a year."[24] The American Conservative Union gave him a 94% evaluation in 2017.

Alongside Richard Neal (D-MA), Brady introduced the bipartisan SECURE Act of 2019, which contained a number of provisions to expand access to retirement planning options and to encourage employers to set up retirement plans for workers. The bill, originally introduced in late March 2019, was passed into law in December 2019 as part of the fiscal year 2020 federal appropriations bill.[26]

In September 2020, after the New York Times published an extensive report on President Donald Trump's tax records and business dealings spanning two decades, Brady called for an investigation in the New York Times and the sources behind the report.[27]



Incumbent Republican congressman Jack Fields of Texas' 8th congressional district decided to retire. Brady decided to run and ranked second in the Republican primary with 22% of the vote in a six candidate field. But the candidate who ranked first, Dr. Gene Fontenot, received just 36% of the vote, short of the 50% threshold.[28] In the run-off election, Brady defeated him 53%–47%.[29] However, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled in Bush v. Vera that three congressional districts in Texas were unconstitutional.[30] After holding hearings, the court concluded that there was no longer time to hold primaries and instead forced all candidates (Democrats and Republicans) be listed together on the November general election ballot in a jungle primary. If no candidate reached 50%, a special runoff would be held on December 10 between the two highest ranking candidates regardless of political party. In the November election, Brady ranked first with 41% of the vote.[31] In the December run-off election, he defeated Fontenot again 59%–41%.[32]


During this time period, he never won re-election with less than 67% of the vote.[33]


For the first time since 1998, Brady was challenged in the Republican primary. Three candidates filed against him. He defeated all of them in the March primary with 79% of the vote.[34] He won re-election with 80% of the vote.[35] In the May 2012 Republican primary, in a newly redrawn district, he defeated his challenger with 76% of the vote. In the November 6, 2012, general election, he defeated his Democratic opponent with over 77% of the vote.


In the Republican primary on March 4, Brady won re-nomination to a tenth term in the U.S. House. In 2014, Brady received 68% of the vote in the primary.[36] He polled 41,549 votes (68 percent) to 19,508 (32 percent) for his intraparty challenger, Craig McMichael.[37]

In the General election held November 4, 2014 Brady was re-elected to his seat in the U.S. House. He polled 124,897 votes (89.32 percent) to 14,930 (10.67 percent) for his challenger, Ken Petty.[38]


In November 2015, Steve Toth, a former State Representative from The Woodlands, Texas, announced that he would be running against Brady, facing what could be Brady's toughest campaign.[39][40][41]

Kevin Brady eked out a victory in the March 1, 2016 primary, but he is likely to have a target on his back for years to come.[42] Toth held Brady to 53% of the vote, the lowest re-election total in his 18-year career.[42][36][43] Brady spent over $1.5 million.[44] Toth spent $89,325.[45] Toth criticized Brady for compromising too often with President Obama[45] and was critical of Brady for supporting the omnibus federal budget bill and voting to revive the U.S. Export-Import Bank.[46]

Brady in 2017

Brady won his Republican primary unopposed, as did his Democratic opponent, Steven David. In the general election, Brady prevailed, 73.5%, 198,241 votes to David's 24.8%, 67,027 votes. Libertarian Chris Duncan received 1.7%, 4,597 votes.[47] As of September 30, 2018, Brady had out-raised David in contributions, $4,899,672 to $31,664.[48]


Brady had a Republican challenger in the March 3, 2020 primary. He defeated fellow Republican Kirk Osborn 80.73% to 16.19%.[49]

Committee assignments[edit]

During his time in congress he has served as a chair on the Joint Economic Committee, Ways and Means Committee, and the Joint Committee on taxation.

Caucus memberships[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Brady lives in The Woodlands, a suburb of Houston, with his wife Cathy and two young sons (Will and Sean).[53]

In October 2005, Brady was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol while in South Dakota.[54] He pleaded no contest, was convicted of a misdemeanor, and fined $350. Brady issued an apology.[55]


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Preceded by
Mike McKinney
Member of the Texas House of Representatives
from the 15th district

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Tommy Williams
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Jack Fields
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Texas's 8th congressional district

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