On January 5, 2011 Congressman Robert A. Brady was sworn into office for his 8th term representing the people of Pennsylvania’s First Congressional District, one of the most diverse districts in Pennsylvania.
Born and raised in Philadelphia, Brady graduated from St. Thomas More High School, found employment as a carpenter and was soon part of the leadership of the Carpenters’ union. He continues to be a member of both the Carpenters’ and the Teachers’ unions.
In his role as Ranking Member of the House Administration Committee, Brady helps lead the Committee’s oversight of federal elections, voting laws, the day-to-day functions and security of the House of Representatives, the Library of Congress and the Smithsonian Institution including the National Zoo. In his role on the Committee on House Administration, Brady has been a leading advocate for election reform.
Throughout his legislative career, Congressman Brady has consistently earned an “A” or 100 percent rating from the AFL-CIO, NAACP, The Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda, the Human Rights Campaign and every other national human rights organization that scores Congress. In addition, Brady has twice been honored as a “Friend of the National Parks” by the National Parks Conservation Association for his contribution to protecting and enhancing the environment in America's national parks
Brady has been an unwavering advocate for legislation that supports the well-being of financially disadvantaged communities. He has sponsored or co-sponsored legislation that promotes affordable housing, as well as strategies to ensure that all Americans have access to quality healthcare and life-saving prescription drugs. As a member of the Armed Services Committee, Brady has called for programs to support veterans as well as current members of our Armed Forces.