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Sarah Brady (born February 6, 1942) is the wife of former White House Press Secretary James Brady. She was born to L. Stanley Kemp, a high school teacher and later FBI agent, and Frances Stufflebean Kemp, a former teacher and homemaker. She has one younger brother, Bill.[1]

She was born as Sarah Jane Kemp in Missouri and raised in Alexandria, Virginia.[2]

She graduated from the College of William and Mary in 1964. From 1964 to 1968 she was a public school teacher in Virginia.[2] She married James Brady in Alexandria, Virginia on July 21, 1973.[3] On December 29, 1978, their only son, James Scott Brady, Jr., was born.[4]

From 1968 to 1970 she worked as assistant to the campaign director for the National Republican Congressional Committee. She then worked as an administrative aide, first for Mike McKevitt (R-CO) and then for Joseph J. Maraziti (R-NJ). From 1974 to 1978 Sarah Brady worked as director of administration and coordinator of field services for the Republican National Committee.[2]

Her husband sustained a permanently disabling head wound during the Reagan assassination attempt which occurred on March 30, 1981. James Brady remained as Press Secretary for the remainder of Reagan's administrations, but this was primarily a titular role.

Sarah and James Brady became leading advocates of gun control in the United States. They later became active in the lobbying organization (named Handgun Control, Inc.) that would eventually be renamed the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.

Honorary doctorate degrees

Sarah and James Brady have received numerous honorary degrees.


In 2002, Sarah Brady and Merrill McLoughlin wrote A Good Fight, published by Public Affairs. The book is about her entire life, including a recent battle with lung cancer.

In this book, Sarah Brady recounts purchasing a .30-06 caliber rifle for her son, taking advantage of the what she claims to be the gun show loophole that her organization seeks to eliminate. Gun advocates pointed out that Brady might have violated Delaware law by buying the rifle without submitting proper paperwork.[5]


  1. ^ Brady, Sarah; Merrill McLoughlin (2002). A Good Fight. USA: Public Affairs. ISBN 1586481053. , p. 17.
  2. ^ a b c "Read about Sarah Brady". Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence. 2010. Retrieved 2010-02-24. 
  3. ^ Brady, p. 36
  4. ^ Brady, p. 42
  5. ^ "Gun Owners of America embraces Brady's son". World Net Daily. 2002. Retrieved 2010-02-24. 


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