Bradbury was born and raised in Chicago. He graduated from Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio in 1960. He moved to Bandon, Oregon, in 1971, remarking that it was "the most beautiful place he could imagine living." He set up a small business in Bandon before making steps into politics. For fourteen years Bradbury served in the Oregon State Legislature, representing districts in the southern part of the Oregon Coast, and achieving the leadership post of Senate President. He also went on to direct a local non-profit organization.
Bradbury has long coped with the effects of multiple sclerosis, a chronic disease of the central nervous system. "For me, the challenge is always to make sure I pay attention to taking care of myself," he has said. "As long as I do that, I can be a full participant in public life. It is a continual challenge, one all of us face every day. But it is clearer to me because the consequences of not taking care of myself are not pretty." 
He currently lives in Salem with his wife Katy. They have two grown children.
Duties as Secretary of State
As Oregon Secretary of State, Bradbury is the state's second-highest-ranking constitutional officer.
His duties include auditing the public accounts, acting as chief elections officer, and managing the state's official legislative and executive records.
Bradbury was appointed Secretary of State in November, 1999, and won election to that position the following year.
- He was re-elected in 2004.
- Bill Bradbury (D) (inc.), 1,000,052
- Betsy Close (R), 690,228
During his first term, Bradbury also challenged Senator Gordon Smith:
- 2002 Race for U.S. Senate
- Gordon Smith (R) (inc.), 56%
- Bill Bradbury (D), 40%
- ↑ State official conquering multiple sclerosis by Peter Wong, Statesman Journal, p.C1, Jan. 03, 2001
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