|Name||Robert A. "Bob" Brady|
|Address||7028 Brentwood Road |
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania , United States
|| April 07, 1945
Nov 03, 2017 07:10pm
Liberal - Married - Catholic -
|Info||Congressman Robert A. Brady (D., Pa.) was sworn into office on May 21, 1998, just two days after his election to represent Pennsylvania's First Congressional District. He was re-elected November 2000. He serves on the House Armed Services and is Ranking Democrat on the Regulatory Reform and Oversight Subcommittee of Small Business Committees. |
In his first full term, Congressman Brady introduced legislation that would provide $10 million to study and establish demonstration projects related to the increased incidence of hepatitis c among firefighters, paramedics and emergency medical technicians. The bill was signed into law by President Clinton, October 2000.
Congressman Brady is the chairman of the Philadelphia Democratic Party, a position he has held for 16 years. His entrance into the political arena began in 1967 when he was elected a member of the 34th Ward Democratic Executive Committee. He has served as a Deputy Mayor for Labor in the administration of Philadelphia Mayor W. Wilson Goode; a consultant to the Pennsylvania State Senate; a Pennsylvania Turnpike Commissioner; and, a member of the Board of Directors of the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority.
Regarded as an unifier and master negotiator, Congressman Brady has been able to bring the city's racially and ethnically diverse leadership together. He is credited with being the decisive factor in the election of Philadelphia Mayor John Street in a very tight race.
The First Congressional District includes parts of South, Center City, North and Northwest Philadelphia and parts of Delaware County. It is one of the most culturally diverse districts in Pennsylvania. As a result of his legislative support of civil rights legislation the Congressman he has received a 100 percent rating from the NAACP for two years.
A stanch union man, Congressman Brady was widely praised as key to the settlement of a labor impasse that threatened to shut down Philadelphia public schools last year. He is credited with keeping the talks focused on the needs of the 210,000 students. He also was roundly acknowledged by the media as the driving force behind the contract settlements in the 1999 Boeing and WAWA strikes and the 40-day strike by public transit workers in 1998.
Congressman Brady's introduction to the labor movement came soon after he graduated from St. Thomas More High School. He found employment as a carpenter and soon was part of the leadership of the carpenter's union. To this day he is as proud of the union card he carries in his wallet as he is of the Organizational Dynamics course he teaches at the University of Pennsylvania.
Congressman Brady lives in Philadelphia with his wife Debra, two children, Robert and Kimberly, and two grandchildren, Alexandra and Serena.