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Rep. Robert Brady (D)

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DC Contact Information

Phone: 202-225-4731

Address: 102 CHOB, DC 20515

Websites: brady.house.gov
State Office Contact Information

Phone: (215) 389-4627

Address: 1907-09 South Broad Street, Philadelphia PA 19148-2116

Chester PA

Phone: (610) 874-7094

Fax: (484) 816-0029

Address: 1350 Edgmont Avenue, Chester PA 19013-3911

Philadelphia PA

Phone: (215) 426-4616

Fax: (215) 426-7741

Address: 2630 Memphis Street, Philadelphia PA 19125-2344

Philadelphia PA

Phone: (267) 519-2252

Fax: (267) 519-2262

Address: 2637 East Clearfield Street, Philadelphia PA 19134-5023

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Shillingsburg, Ashley
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Wherrity, Kyle
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Williams, Eriade
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Shillingsburg, Ashley
Deputy Chief of Staff: Legislative Director
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Robert Brady Biography
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  • Elected: May 1998, 8th full term.
  • District: Pennsylvania 1
  • Born: Apr. 07, 1945, Philadelphia
  • Home: Philadelphia
  • Education:

    St. Thomas More H.S.

  • Professional Career:

    Carpenter; Real estate salesman; Philadelphia dpty. mayor for labor, 1984-87; Chmn., Philadelphia Dem. Party, 1986-present; Legis. rep., Metro. Regional Cncl. of Carpenters & Joiners, 1987-98; Lecturer, U. of PA, 1997-present.

  • Political Career:

    34th Ward Dem. exec. cmte. mbr., 1967–present, Ward ldr., 1980.

  • Ethnicity: White/Caucasian
  • Religion:

    Catholic

  • Family: Married (Debra); 2 children

Democrat Robert Brady, elected in 1998, is the personification of Philadelphia’s old-fashioned urban politics, and is one of the few remaining white ethnic party bosses in big-city America. Read More

Democrat Robert Brady, elected in 1998, is the personification of Philadelphia’s old-fashioned urban politics, and is one of the few remaining white ethnic party bosses in big-city America.

Brady grew up in Overbrook Park in West Philadelphia, with an Italian mother and an Irish father who was a policeman. After high school, he went to work as a carpenter, quickly rose through the ranks of the carpenters’ union, and remains a dues-paying member. He entered politics in 1967, at age 22, when the local ward leader wouldn’t replace a burned-out streetlight. Brady was elected to the 34th Ward Democratic Executive Committee, and in 1980 he was elected ward leader. In 1986, he became chairman of the Philadelphia Democratic Party.

He depicts himself as aroll-up-your-sleeves guy who represents working-class voters, and says he’s proud to be the boss of what he calls the nation’s largest big-city machine—or, as he calls it, an “organization.” Brady is known for making “arrangements” with others—“They’re always arrangements, never deals,” he insists—and he has been chairman for more than a quarter century.

In November 1997, Democratic Rep. Thomas Foglietta, a veteran of South Philly politics, became ambassador to Italy, and Brady ran for the seat. The district’s ward leaders determined the Democratic nomination for the special election and they favored Brady. With the endorsement of many black leaders and a strong Election Day organization, he won the special election with 74% of the vote. The same year he married his wife, Deb, a former Eagles cheerleader who later took a position on the city’s housing authority board.

After his election to the House, Brady’s focus remained back home. “Ninety-five percent of my day is not Congress,” he once said. He mediated a local teachers’ strike in 2000, and he sought common ground between the mayor and City Council on a deal for two new stadiums. In 2009, he helped settle a transit strike that plagued the city’s traffic for a week; a year later, he worked to end a 28-day walkout by staffers at Temple University Hospital. His ties to City Hall and to local unions gave him credibility with both sides.Brady worked to resolve local intra-party conflicts. After he helped rescue Philadelphia’s annual bike race in January 2013, Philadelphia Daily News columnist Stu Bykofsky wrote: “If anyone in Philadelphia is Mr. Democrat, it is Big Bob. … He’s been called a fixer, but I think of him as a peacemaker, a problem-solver, a blue-collar realist with iron pants.”

Brady has a liberal voting record and keeps a low profile in Washington. For “the most powerful man in Philadelphia,” Philadelphia magazine once wrote. “Washington gas-bagging is not his thing.” He did, however, permit a camera crew to follow him around in November 2012 for a proposed reality TV show based on his exploits. “What I love about Brady is, he’s the most honest guy about his political manipulations that I’ve ever met,” Larry Platt, who came up with the idea, told The Daily News. His initiatives reflect his local orientation. He boasts of once refusing to take a phone call from President Bill Clinton because he was busy dealing with a woman asking if he could send someone to fix her toilet. He says he decided that he was in favor of abortion rights after asking his mother. His loyalty to unions led him to buck environmentalists and most Democrats to vote for drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

In 2007, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi may have found the perfect job for him. Brady became chairman of the House Administration Committee, the so-called “Mayor of Capitol Hill” who oversees operations of the House and doles out favors like choice office space. He helped get a bill through the House in July 2009 to honor African-Americans who had been slave laborers during the original construction of the Capitol building, and the next year joined Pelosi on a House staff diversity initiative. He stayed on as the panel’s ranking Democrat when Republicans gained control of the House in 2011.

Brady ran for Philadelphia mayor in the May 2007 primary. He joined the field late and had significant opposition, including from three veteran local black officials who had operated largely outside Brady’s organization—U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah, state Rep. Dwight Evans, and former City Councilman Michael Nutter. Brady’s platform was standard fare, including a call for more open government, safer streets, improved schools, and lower taxes. Democratic ward leaders endorsed him in overwhelming numbers but with varying enthusiasm. And his campaign ran into an unusual stumbling block: a lawsuit seeking to remove Brady from the ballot because he did not include his union pension on a candidate disclosure form. Brady revealed in court that his pension benefits were accruing as though he was working a full work week, a curiosity, given the fact that he was serving in Congress. He paid nearly $20,000 in fines for violating the city’s campaign finance laws. And he finished a distant third in the primary, with 15% of the vote.

In Philadelphia’s Byzantine politics, Brady’s weak performance—he even lost his home ward in Overbrook—raised questions about his political vulnerability. There was talk of a 2008 primary challenge to his House seat from an African-American candidate, but it never materialized. He was unopposed in 2010 after his would-be GOP challenger, tea party activist Pia Varma, was removed from the ballot for insufficient valid signatures on her nominating petitions. She accused Republicans of colluding with Brady to keep her off the ballot, a charge the city GOP chairman denied. Brady took 85% of the vote in 2012 against Republican John Featherman, who released a campaign video featuring a nude actress purporting to tell “the naked truth” about Brady.

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Robert Brady Election Results
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2012 General
Robert Brady (D)
Votes: 235,394
Percent: 84.95%
John Featherman (R)
Votes: 41,708
Percent: 15.05%
2012 Primary
Robert Brady (D)
Votes: 42,744
Percent: 100.0%
Prior Winning Percentages
2010 (unopposed), 2008 (91%), 2006 (100%), 2004 (86%), 2002 (86%), 2000 (88%), 1998 (81%), 1998 special (74%)
Robert 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 75 (L) : 24 (C) 89 (L) : - (C) 78 (L) : 21 (C)
Social 87 (L) : 7 (C) 85 (L) : - (C) 80 (L) : - (C)
Foreign 79 (L) : 20 (C) 75 (L) : 25 (C) 78 (L) : 22 (C)
Composite 81.7 (L) : 18.3 (C) 87.3 (L) : 12.7 (C) 82.2 (L) : 17.8 (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
FRC00
LCV9491
CFG112
ITIC-45
NTU109
20112012
COC25-
ACLU-100
ACU00
ADA90100
AFSCME100-
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: N
    • Year: 2012
    • End fiscal cliff
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Extend payroll tax cut
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Stop student loan hike
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Repeal health care
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Raise debt limit
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Pass cut, cap, balance
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Defund Planned Parenthood
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Repeal lightbulb ban
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Add endangered listings
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Speed troop withdrawal
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Regulate financial firms
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Pass tax cuts for some
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Stop detainee transfers
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2010
    • Legalize immigrants' kids
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Repeal don't ask, tell
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Limit campaign funds
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Overturn Ledbetter
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass $820 billion stimulus
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Let guns in national parks
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass cap-and-trade
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Bar federal abortion funds
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass health care bill
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Bail out financial markets
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2008
    • Repeal D.C. gun law
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2008
    • Overhaul FISA
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2008
    • Increase minimum wage
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Expand SCHIP
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Raise CAFE standards
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Share immigration data
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • Foreign aid abortion ban
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • Ban gay bias in workplace
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Withdraw troops 8/08
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • No operations in Iran
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Free trade with Peru
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
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