Robert A. "Bob" Brady (born April 7, 1945) is the U.S. Representative for Pennsylvania's 1st congressional district, serving since 1998, and the ranking Democrat on the United States House Committee on House Administration since 2007. He has been the Chairman to the Philadelphia Democratic Party since 1986, and is one of the few members of congress who are a county chairman.
Early life, education, and pre-congressional career
Brady was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His father was an Irish American police officer and his mother was Italian American. He graduated from St. Thomas More High School and didn't go to college. Brady went to work as a carpenter and became a part of the leadership of the Carpenters’ union. He is still a member of the Carpenters' and Teachers' ...
Congressman Robert A. Brady (D., PA) today joined State Sen. Shirley Kitchen and other elected officials and advocates in blasting Pennsylvania’s proposed asset test for recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).“This proposed asset test will force families who are looking at poverty in the face choose between having a few dollars saved as a safety net and being able to feed their families,” the Congressman said.
The Congressman said he has written to Gov. Corbett and asked him to reconsider implementation of the asset test. “As most of this in ...
Normally I stay out of Philadelphia politics. When I was going over the quarterly FEC reports for the collar counties I dipped into the reports for Philadelphia’s congressional representatives. A few things surprised me so I’ve done a little more digging. Here are some observations on the reports from 1st district Congressman Bob Brady’s campaign, from the post-general 2010 election, year end 2010, first, second, and third quarter 2011 reports. To provide some context, I found a Dec. 20, 2010 article by Brad Bumstead and Mike Wereschagin in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, ...
The big question is will we get a Democrat candidate from Eastern Pennsylvania or Western Pennsylvania in the high-stakes Attorney General race? The next two questions automatically follow.
Will either Dan McCaffery or former Congressman Pat Murphy or Lackawanna’s Kathleen Kane get the nomination when the Democrat State Committee meets Jan. 14 to decide? The State’s Democrats from west of the Susquehanna always seem to be united when it comes to decisions such as this, though none of them has announced as of now.
Obviously a powerful draw, Dan McCaffery showed he had the ...
Congressman Brady's Tribute to Senator Arlen Specter
PHILADELPHIA - Arlen Specter was my friend for 40 years. He was as smart as he was independent and because he was an accomplished debater he could argue on any side of an issue. He was truly one of a kind. As a Republican member of the Senate Appropriations Committee he worked with the Democratic House members to secure $35 million for the Aker Philadelphia Shipyard. He never wavered in his commitment to support the 45-foot Delaware River dredging project. On one 90-degree day he stood just yards away from a crane working a containership at the Philadelphia Port. And he reminded us that he had also stood in the same spot in 11-degree weather to support the Port because he said, “this is the heart and soul of our region.” His tenacity and fearlessness was never on more display as he fought cancer. He rebounded time after time always ready to get right back in the fray. He leaves an incredible legacy and there is so much we can all learn from his decades in public service. He sto
Congressman Brady re-elected Ranking Member of the House Committee on Administration
PHILADELPHIA --- House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi announced today the re-election of Congressman Bob Brady as Ranking Member (Democratic Chair) of the Committee on House Administration (CHA) in the 113th Congress. Brady was nominated by Leader Pelosi and elected unanimously by the House Democratic Caucus. He was first elected Chairman of the CHA in May of 2007 and served until the end of the 111th Congress in December 2010. He was elected Ranking Member during the 112th Congress which ends on January 1, 2013.
“Middle class families across the country will benefit from the wealth of knowledge Congressman Brady brings to this committee,” Leader Pelosi said. “Congressman Brady is a leader who is committed to working with his Republican chairman to make progress for the American people.”
In response Congressman Brady said, “I am honored by Leader Pelosi’s nomination to remain Ranking Member of the CHA and humbled by the trust placed in me by Democratic coll
Congressman Brady’s statement on President Obama’s gun control proposals
PHILADELPHIA --- Congressman Robert A. Brady (D., PA) today released the following statement re President Obama’s gun control proposals:
“How much more bloodshed are we willing to tolerate? There is no need for assault weapons and high capacity ammunition clips to be a part of the American civilian stockpile. I wholeheartedly support a ban on assault weapons and high capacity ammunition clips and I also support universal background checks for all those lining up to buy weapons of what should be termed weapons of mass destruction.”
Congressman Brady statement on the passing of Wendell W. Young III
PHILADELPHIA --- Congressman Bob Brady(D., PA) released the following statement on the death of Wendell W. Young III: Wendell was an outstanding union leader whose life was dedicated to the union movement. Serving as the president of the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1776 for more than 40 years he saved the jobs of thousands of his union members. He was a visionary who never stopped fighting for his membership. He leaves a great legacy and I know that his son Wendell Young IV will be more than able to fill the giant footprint his father has left.