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Bob Brady

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 1st district
Assumed office 
May 19, 1998
Preceded by Tom Foglietta

Assumed office 
Preceded by Juanita Millender-McDonald

Born April 7, 1945 (1945-04-07) (age 64)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Debra Brady
Residence Philadelphia
Alma mater HS diploma
Occupation union leader
Religion Roman Catholic

Robert A. "Bob" Brady (born April 7, 1945) is a politician from the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. Since 1998, he has represented Pennsylvania's 1st congressional district in the United States House of Representatives. He is currently the Chairman of the United States House Committee on House Administration.


Early biography

Brady was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. After high school, Brady went to work as a carpenter. Brady was elected a precinct committeeman for the Democratic Party in 1968. When his wardleader, City Council President George X. Schwartz was convicted and imprisoned in the Abscam scandal, Brady was elected to succeed him as Democratic Leader of the 34th Ward. Brady served as a staff aide in the Philadelphia City Council and a staff aide in the Pennsylvania State Senate. He has been the chairman of the Philadelphia Democratic Party since winning election to that position in June, 1986. The political website PoliticsPA named him to their list of Pennsylvania's Best and Worst County Party Chairs, describing him as a "consummate 'backroom politician' (and we say that with respect!)" and said that he might be the best county party chair in Pennsylvania.[1]

He was a member of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission from 1991 until his election as Congressman.

Running for Congress

When 17-year Congressman Thomas M. Foglietta resigned from the House of Representatives upon being named Ambassador to Italy, Brady was unopposed by any Democrats in a primary and won the general election in the heavily Democratic district. Brady was sworn in on May 19, 1998.

In 2003, the Pennsylvania Report said that Brady has "managed effectively to balance his multiracial district and city Democrat party."[2] As a congressman, Brady still spends most of his time running the Philadelphia Democratic Party while mediating disputes in the city between politicians and between labor unions and management. Brady co-teaches a course at the University of Pennsylvania, which many consider as odd, because although it is a highly regarded school, Brady does not have a college education, and the fact Penn that has stifled graduate students' attempts to organize a union. He is one of the few county chairmen serving as a member of Congress, which gives him added access to national Democratic Party candidates and leaders.


Committee assignments

Mayoral election

On January 25, 2007 Brady announced that he would seek the Democratic Party nomination for mayor of Philadelphia. He was the second sitting U.S. Congressman after Chaka Fattah to announce his candidacy for mayor.[3] On March 6, Brady failed to list his city pension on the financial-interests statement he filed with his nominating petitions. Within a week Milton Street filed a petition challenge to remove Brady off the ballot due to not disclosing his pension. Another challenge was brought by a group of voters, and supported by mayoral candidates Tom Knox and Dwight Evans. On April 13 Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court ruled that Brady's failure to not list parts of his income should not keep him off the primary ballot.[4]

On 2007 May 15, Brady lost the Democratic Mayoral primary to Michael Nutter.

It doesn't matter how much money I spent. . . . I always said, if I didn't win, it should be Michael Nutter. Thank God it's not Bob Brady.
Tom Knox, losing candidate[5]
It just goes to show — and I feel really good about the fact — that we are not for sale. I've been fighting millionaires all my life, and I fought one today.
Bob Brady, referring to Tom Knox[6]

In 2009, the Pennsylvania Report noted that "[w]hile he still would like to be Mayor, Brady’s influence and power in Philadelphia remains strong."[7]

Election History

  • 2006 Election to the US House[8]
    • Bob Brady (D) (inc.), unopposed
  • 2004 Election to the US House[8]
    • Bob Brady (D) (inc.), 86%
    • Deborah Williams (R), 13%
  • 2002 Election to the US House[8]
    • Bob Brady (D) (inc.), 86%
    • Marie Delaney (R), 12%
  • 2000 Election to US House[8]
    • Bob Brady (D) (inc.), 88%
    • Steve Kush (R), 12%
  • 1998 Election to US House[8]
    • Bob Brady (D) (inc.), 81%
    • William Harrison (R), 17%
  • 1998 Special Election to US House[8]
    • Bob Brady (D), 74%
    • William Harrison (R), 13%
    • Juanita Norwood (Reform), 11%


External links

United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Thomas M. Foglietta
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 1st congressional district

May 19, 1998 – present
Political offices
Preceded by
Juanita Millender-McDonald
Chairman of the House Administration Committee
Succeeded by


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