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Phone: 202-225-4901

Address: 301 CHOB, DC 20515

State Office Contact Information

Phone: (936) 441-5700

Address: 200 River Pointe Drive, Conroe TX 77304-2817

Huntsville TX

Phone: (936) 439-9532

Fax: (936) 439-9546

Address: 1300 11th Street, Huntsville TX 77340-3858

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Haueter, Lynn
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Kevin Brady Biography
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  • Elected: 1996, 9th term.
  • District: Texas 8
  • Born: Apr. 11, 1955, Vermillion, SD
  • Home: The Woodlands, TX
  • Education:

    U. of SD, B.S. 1990

  • Professional Career:

    Exec., The Woodlands Chamber of Commerce, 1978–96.

  • Political Career:

    TX House of Reps., 1990–96.

  • Ethnicity: White/Caucasian
  • Religion:

    Catholic

  • Family: Married (Cathy); 2 children

Kevin Brady, a Republican first elected in 1996, has leveraged his stature as one of his party’s key figures on trade into influence on other economic matters. He chairs the Joint Economic Committee as well as the Ways and Means Committee’s health subcommittee, bringing an avidly pro-business focus to both. He is vying with the higher-profile Paul Ryan of Wisconsin to chair the panel in 2015. Read More

Kevin Brady, a Republican first elected in 1996, has leveraged his stature as one of his party’s key figures on trade into influence on other economic matters. He chairs the Joint Economic Committee as well as the Ways and Means Committee’s health subcommittee, bringing an avidly pro-business focus to both. He is vying with the higher-profile Paul Ryan of Wisconsin to chair the panel in 2015.

Brady grew up and went to college in South Dakota, moved to Montgomery County in 1978, and headed The Woodlands Chamber of Commerce for 18 years. In 1990, he was elected to the Texas House. When Republican U.S. Rep. Jack Fields announced his retirement in 1995, Brady ran for the seat. His main opponent in the decisive Republican primary was Eugene Fontenot, a physician who said he wanted “to restore America to its Christian heritage.” Brady was the choice of party regulars, while Fontenot was backed by religious conservatives.

Fontenot attacked Brady for being one of two Republicans to vote against the state’s concealed weapons law. Brady had opposed most gun control bills but not the concealed weapons bill. When he was 12 years old, his father, an attorney, was shot and killed while trying a case in a South Dakota courtroom. “I couldn’t look Mom in the eye and vote for this,” he told the Houston Chronicle after the vote. (Then, in February 2013, he said he regretted the vote. “I’ve been remarkably impressed with how well concealed-carry has worked in Texas,” he told National Journal.) After Fontenot led Brady in the March primary, Brady won the April runoff by 53%-47%. After the U.S. Supreme Court in June ordered a redrawing of 13 districts, Brady led Fontenot 41%-39% in an all-party primary in November. Finally, in the December runoff, turnout was sharply down, and Brady won 59%-41%. He has had no problem winning reelection since.

In the House, Brady has compiled a conservative voting record, though he has gained a reputation as more of a pragmatist than other Texas conservatives. Brady is also a deputy whip for the House Republican leadership and in 2011 joined with Oklahoma Republican Tom Cole on a National Republican Congressional Committee effort to raise money from colleagues, which led them to be dubbed “the Dues Brothers.” He is known for being easygoing and soft-spoken, but that doesn’t mean he never gets mad. His November 2009 showdown with Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner made national news when Brady savaged Geithner’s handling of the Wall Street crisis, saying, “The public has lost all confidence in your ability to do the job.” A year earlier, Brady was the only Houston-area member of the House in either party to vote for the financial industry rescue. “As much as I detest this bill, doing nothing is worse,” he said.

Brady has focused on economic issues. Taking over the Health Subcommittee in 2013, his agenda included repealing unpopular parts of the health care law, such as a tax on medical devices and an advisory panel that critics say usurps Congress’ responsibilities. He previously led that panel’s trade subcommittee and has adamantly fought for more free trade agreements, which he contends are essential to the U.S. economic recovery. Republicans praised him for his leadership in getting trade deals with Colombia, Panama, and South Korea passed and signed into law in 2011.

Brady in May 2014 got a bipartisan bill through the House to make permanent and expand the so-called R&D tax credit. The Obama administation, however, opposed the measure because it said it would expand the credit without offsetting the cost. Three months later, Brady released the draft text of a bill to curtail Medicare and Medicaid fraud and abuse that was collected from bipartisan suggestions from committee members.

Even before Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp, R-Mich., announced that he wouldn't seek another term in 2014, he was term-limited under House rules and couldn't continue as chairman. Brady publicly made his case for the job in several rounds of media interviews, saying that he was ready to challenge Ryan, who was term-limited himself as the Budget Committee's chairman. "I’m qualified and prepared to lead this committee. At the right time, I’m going to make that case to my colleagues," Brady told Bloomberg TV. "This is all about the ideas and how we can move tax reform, trade, entitlement reform forward, so it’s good to have a healthy competition."

On the Joint Economic Committee, which studies fiscal policy but has no power to pass legislation, Brady has preached the gospel of getting Washington out of the way to let the private sector create jobs. “The ‘government spending is the answer’ crowd had their chance to jump-start the economy. They failed,” he wrote in a National Review Online op-ed in February 2013. “It’s time for a proven, pro-growth approach.” Concerned about the Federal Reserve’s repeated lowering of interest rates, he has called for reforming the agency and appointing a bipartisan commission to study its operations, though Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke has taken a dim view of his efforts. He and Sen. John Cornyn of Texas pushed a bill to comprehensively study monetary poiicy in 2014.

Brady was a central figure in the successful effort in 2004 to make state and local sales taxes deductible in the seven states, including Texas, that have no personal income tax. Like Houston-area lawmakers of both parties, Brady jealously guards NASA’s Johnson Space Center. When the agency announced in April 2011 that it would not place any of its retired space shuttles at Johnson, he said, “With this White House, I always expect the worst and am rarely disappointed.”

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Kevin Brady Election Results
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2012 General
Kevin Brady (R)
Votes: 194,043
Percent: 77.29%
Neil Burns (D)
Votes: 51,051
Percent: 20.33%
Roy Hall (Lib)
Votes: 5,958
Percent: 2.37%
2012 Primary
Kevin Brady (R)
Votes: 48,366
Percent: 76.11%
Larry Youngblood (R)
Votes: 15,181
Percent: 23.89%
Prior Winning Percentages
2010 (80%), 2008 (73%), 2006 (67%), 2004 (69%), 2002 (93%), 2000 (92%), 1998 (93%), 1996 (59%)
Kevin Brady Votes and Bills
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National Journal’s rating system is an objective method of analyzing voting. The liberal score means that the lawmaker’s votes were more liberal than that percentage of his colleagues’ votes. The conservative score means his votes were more conservative than that percentage of his colleagues’ votes. The composite score is an average of a lawmaker’s six issue-based scores. See all NJ Voting

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2013 2012 2011
Economic 17 (L) : 83 (C) 9 (L) : 91 (C) 18 (L) : 79 (C)
Social 16 (L) : 74 (C) 21 (L) : 75 (C) - (L) : 83 (C)
Foreign 15 (L) : 77 (C) 28 (L) : 70 (C) 27 (L) : 70 (C)
Composite 19.0 (L) : 81.0 (C) 20.3 (L) : 79.7 (C) 18.8 (L) : 81.2 (C)
Interest Group Ratings

The vote ratings by 10 special interest groups provide insight into a lawmaker’s general ideology and the degree to which he or she agrees with the group’s point of view. Two organizations provide just one combined rating for 2011 and 2012, the two sessions of the 112th Congress. They are the ACLU and the ITIC. About the interest groups.

20112012
FRC9083
LCV66
CFG8275
ITIC-100
NTU8379
20112012
COC100-
ACLU-0
ACU9296
ADA00
AFSCME0-
Key House Votes

The key votes show how a member of Congress voted on the major bills of the year. N indicates a "no" vote; Y a "yes" vote. If a member voted "present" or was absent, the bill caption is not shown. For a complete description of the bills included in key votes, see the Almanac's Guide to Usage.

    • Pass GOP budget
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • End fiscal cliff
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Extend payroll tax cut
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Find AG in contempt
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Stop student loan hike
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Repeal health care
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Raise debt limit
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Pass cut, cap, balance
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Defund Planned Parenthood
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Repeal lightbulb ban
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Add endangered listings
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Speed troop withdrawal
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Regulate financial firms
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2010
    • Pass tax cuts for some
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2010
    • Stop detainee transfers
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Legalize immigrants' kids
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2010
    • Repeal don't ask, tell
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2010
    • Limit campaign funds
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2010
    • Overturn Ledbetter
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass $820 billion stimulus
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Let guns in national parks
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass cap-and-trade
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Bar federal abortion funds
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass health care bill
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Bail out financial markets
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2008
    • Repeal D.C. gun law
    • Vote:
    • Year: 2008
    • Overhaul FISA
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2008
    • Increase minimum wage
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • Expand SCHIP
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • Raise CAFE standards
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • Share immigration data
    • Vote:
    • Year: 2007
    • Foreign aid abortion ban
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Ban gay bias in workplace
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • Withdraw troops 8/08
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • No operations in Iran
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • Free trade with Peru
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
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