Chair, The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence
For thirty years, Sarah Brady and her husband, Jim, have been long-time champions of sensible gun laws. On March 30, 1981, while serving as President Reagan's press secretary, Jim was seriously wounded in an assassination attempt. He suffered a serious head wound that left him partially paralyzed for life.
In the mid-1980's, Sarah and Jim began working with what was then called Handgun Control, Inc, focusing on passage of legislation to require background checks before the purchase of a handgun. That legislation became known as the "Brady Bill" and garnered the support of a wide array of leaders, including President Reagan. Their advocacy paid off in November of 1993 when President Bill Clinton signed the Brady Bill into law.
Sarah currently serves as Chair of the Brady Campaign and the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence. She is a native of Missouri, was raised as Republican in Northern Virginia. But, she hasn't been one for a long time.