Kevin Brady

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Kevin Brady
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U.S. House, Texas, District 8
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 1997-present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 17
PartyRepublican
PredecessorJack Fields (R)
Leadership
Deputy Whip
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$6.54 in 2012
First electedNovember 5, 1996
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$5,014,275
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Texas House of Representatives
1990-1996
Education
High schoolRapid City Central High School
Bachelor'sUniversity of South Dakota
Personal
BirthdayApril 11, 1955
Place of birthVermillion, South Dakota
ProfessionPublic Affairs Director
Net worth$486,013
ReligionRoman Catholic
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
For the 2012 New York Assembly candidate, see Kevin C. Brady.
Kevin Patrick Brady (b. April 11, 1955, in Vermillion, South Dakota) is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of Texas. Brady represents Texas' 8th congressional district and was first elected to the House in 1996.

Brady most recently won re-election in 2012. He defeated Neil Burns (D) and Roy Hall (L) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[1]

Brady began his political career in the Texas House of Representatives, where he served from 1990 until his election to the U.S. House in 1996.

Brady is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014.

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Brady is an average Republican member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Republican Party on the majority of bills.

Biography

Brady was born in Vermillion, South Dakota. He earned his B.A. from the University of South Dakota in 1990.[2]

Career

Brady was an executive for the Chamber of Commerce for 18 years before pursuing his political career.[3]

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Brady serves on the following committees:[4]

Joint Economic Committee

2011-2012

Brady was a member of the following House committees:[3]

Issues

Legislative actions

113th Congress

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The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1%) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14% of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[5] For more information pertaining to Brady's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[6]

National security

National Defense Authorization Act

Voted "Yes" Brady voted for HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.[7]

Department of Homeland Security Appropriations

Voted "Yes" Brady voted for HR 2217 - the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 that was largely along party lines.[8]

Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act

Voted "Yes" Brady voted for HR 624 - the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act. The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities. The bill was largely supported by Republicans but divided the Democratic Party.[9]

Economy

Federal Statutory Pay Adjustment Elimination

Voted "Yes" Brady voted for HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees. The bill passed the House on February 15, 2013, with a vote of 261 - 154. The bill would prevent a 0.5% pay increase for all federal workers from taking effect, saving the federal government $11 billion over 10 years.[10]

Immigration

Morton Memos Enforcement Prohibition

Voted "Yes" Brady voted for House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States.[11] The vote largely followed party lines.[12]

Healthcare

Health Care Reform Rules

Voted "Yes" Brady voted for House Amendment 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The amendment was adopted by the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 227-185. The amendment requires that all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.[13]

Social issues

Abortion

Voted "Yes" Brady voted for HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The resolution passed the House on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 228 - 196 that largely followed party lines. The purpose of the bill is to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.[14]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Brady voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was 1 of 85 Republicans that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[15]

Elections

2014

See also: Texas' 8th congressional district elections, 2014

Brady is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. If he runs, he will seek the Republican nomination in the primary election on March 4, 2014. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

2012

See also: Texas' 8th congressional district elections, 2012

Brady won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Texas' 8th District. He defeated Larry Youngblood in the Republican primary on May 29, 2012. He then defeated Neil Burns (D) and Roy Hall (L) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[16][17]

U.S. House, Texas District 8 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngKevin Brady Incumbent 77.3% 194,043
     Democratic Neil Burns 20.3% 51,051
     Libertarian Roy Hall 2.4% 5,958
Total Votes 251,052
Source: Texas Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


U.S. House, Texas District 8 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngKevin Brady Incumbent 76.1% 48,366
Larry Youngblood 23.9% 15,181
Total Votes 63,547

Full history

2010

On November 2, 2010, Kevin Brady won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Kent Hargett (D) and Bruce West (L) in the general election.[18]

U.S. House, Texas District 8 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngKevin Brady incumbent 80.3% 161,417
     Democratic Kent Hargett 17.3% 34,694
     Libertarian Bruce West 2.5% 4,988
Total Votes 201,099

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Brady is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Brady raised a total of $5,014,275 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 25, 2013.[26]

Kevin Brady's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (Texas, District 8) Won $1,385,893
2010 US House (Texas, District 8) Won $1,028,855
2008 US House (Texas, District 8) Won $621,911
2006 US House (Texas, District 8) Won $515,795
2004 US House (Texas, District 8) Won $732,619
2002 US House (Texas, District 8) Won $367,670
2000 US House (Texas, District 8) Won $361,532
Grand Total Raised $5,014,275

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Brady's reports.[27]

Kevin Brady (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[28]April 15, 2013$317,257.53$132,481.28$(87,922.60)$361,818.21
July Quarterly[29]July 15, 2013$361,816.21$347,957.58$(90,444.36)$619,329.43
October Quarterly[30]October 15, 2013$619,329.43$548,831.04$(133,256.25)$1,034,904.22
Running totals
$1,029,269.9$(311,623.21)

2012

Breakdown of the source of Brady's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Brady won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Brady's campaign committee raised a total of $1,385,894 and spent $1,268,522.[31] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[32]

Cost per vote

Brady spent $6.54 per vote received in 2012.

2010

Breakdown of the source of Brady's campaign funds before the 2010 election.

Brady won re-election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that election cycle, Brady's campaign committee raised a total of $1,028,855 and spent $945,193.[33]

U.S. House, Texas District 8, 2010 - Kevin Brady Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $1,028,855
Total Spent $945,193
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $0
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $0
Top contributors to Kevin Brady's campaign committee
Charter Brokerage LLC$22,750
American Crystal Sugar$10,000
American Health Care Assn$10,000
American Resort Development Assn$10,000
American Seniors Housing Assn$10,000
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Oil & Gas$96,400
Insurance$85,200
Real Estate$63,250
Health Professionals$49,650
Securities & Investment$44,650

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Brady is a "moderate Republican leader" as of June 2013.[34]

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[35]

Brady most often votes with:

Brady least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Brady missed 489 of 11,058 roll call votes from January 1997 to March 2013. This amounts to 4.4%, which is worse than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[36]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Brady paid his congressional staff a total of $834,529 in 2011. Overall, Texas ranks 27th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[37]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

2011

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Brady's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $212,027 to $760,000. That averages to $486,013, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican senators in 2011 of $7,859,232. His average net worth decreased by 11.88% from 2010.[38]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Brady's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $242,030 to $861,000. That averages to $551,515 which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2010 of $7,561,133.[39]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

2012

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Brady tied with one other member of the U.S. House of Representatives, ranking 86th in the conservative rankings among members of the U.S. House.[40]

2011

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Brady was tied with one other member of the U.S. House of Representatives, ranking 64th in the conservative rankings among members of the U.S. House.[41]

Voting with party

2013

Brady voted with the Republican Party 98.2% of the time, which ranked 60th among the 233 House Republican members as of June 2013.[42]

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References

  1. Politico "2012 Election Map, Texas"
  2. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "BRADY, Kevin Patrick, (1955 - )"
  3. 3.0 3.1 Congressman Kevin Brady, Proudly Representing the 8th District of Texas "Kevin Brady's Biography"
  4. CQ.com, House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress
  5. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  6. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  7. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1960 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  8. Project Vote Smart, "HR 2217 - Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  9. Project Vote Smart, "HR 624 - Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  10. Project Vote Smart, "HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  11. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed September 16, 2013
  12. Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  13. Project Votesmart, "H Amdt 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  14. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  15. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  16. Republican candidate list
  17. Unofficial Republican primary results
  18. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  19. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  20. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  21. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  22. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  23. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000," accessed March 28, 2013
  24. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1998," accessed March 28, 2013
  25. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"
  26. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Kevin Brady," Accessed March 25, 2013
  27. Federal Election Commission "Kevin Brady Summary Report," Accessed July 23, 2013
  28. Federal Election Commission "Kevin Brady April Quarterly," Accessed July 23, 2013
  29. Federal Election Commission "Kevin Brady July Quarterly," Accessed July 23, 2013
  30. Federal Election Commission "Kevin Brady October Quarterly," Accessed October 22, 2013
  31. Open Secrets "Kevin Brady 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed March 5, 2013
  32. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013
  33. Open Secrets "Kevin Brady 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 29, 2011
  34. Gov Track "Kevin Brady," Accessed June 7 2013
  35. OpenCongress, "Kevin Brady," Accessed August 2, 2013
  36. GovTrack, "Kevin Brady," Accessed April 2, 2013
  37. LegiStorm, "Kevin Brady," Accessed September 17, 2012
  38. OpenSecrets.org "Kevin Brady (R-Texas), 2011," accessed February 25, 2013
  39. OpenSecrets.org, "Kevin Brady (R-Texas), 2010," Accessed September 17, 2012
  40. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," March 7, 2013
  41. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  42. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
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Preceded by
Jack Fields
U.S. House of Representatives - Texas, District 8
1997-Present
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