Robert Brady

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Robert A. Brady
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U.S. House, Pennsylvania, District 1
Incumbent
In office
1998-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 16
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorThomas M. Foglietta (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$3.70 in 2012
First electedMay 19, 1998
Next primaryMay 20, 2014
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$3,760,284
Term limitsN/A
Education
High schoolSaint Thomas More High School, 1963
Personal
BirthdayApril 7, 1945
Place of birthPhiladelphia, PA
Net worth$1,640,503.50
ReligionCatholic
Websites
Office website
Campaign website

Robert A. Brady (b. April 7, 1945, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of Pennsylvania. Brady was elected by the voters of Pennsylvania's 1st Congressional District. He was first elected to the position in 1998 and is currently serving his ninth term.

Brady most recently ran for, and won, re-election in 2012.[1] He ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on April 24, 2012, and defeated Republican John Featherman in the general election on November 6, 2012.[2]

He is the Ranking Member of the Committee on House Administration for the 113th Congress.

Before becoming a congressman, Brady was chairman of the Philadelphia Democratic Party and a member of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission.[3]

He ran for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. The general election took place November 4, 2014.

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Brady is one of the most reliable Democratic votes, meaning he can be considered a safe vote for the Democratic Party in Congress.

Biography

Brady is a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He graduated from St. Thomas More High School in 1963 and entered the workforce as a carpenter. He joined the carpenters' union and eventually became one of its leaders.[4]

Brady has lectured at the University of Pennsylvania and is a member of the teachers' unions. He also has experience working as an insurance and real estate agent, as well as a union lobbyist.[3]

Career

  • 1975-1983: Sergeant-at-arms, Philadelphia, Pa., city council
  • 1991-1998: Member of the Pennsylvania turnpike commission
  • 1998-Present: U.S Representative from Pennsylvania

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Brady serves on the following committees:[5]

2011-2012

Issues

Campaign themes

2014

Brady's campaign website lists the following issues:[6]

  • Working for Working Families
Excerpt: "Putting America back to work is my top priority. Too many families are struggling to make ends meet which is why I am working everyday to reduce unemployment and re-ignite the American Dream by investing in our middle class."
  • Standing Up for Civil Rights
Excerpt: "Throughout my career I have been honored to received either an “A” or 100 percent rating from the NAACP, The Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda, the Human Rights Campaign among others."
  • Keeping America Safe
Excerpt: "As a senior Member of the House Armed Services Committee, I have worked throughout my entire Congressional career to support our Armed Forces. I have voted for policies and programs that help our veterans and fought to make sure our brave men and women serving abroad have the resources they need to discharge their duties."
  • Supporting Public Education
Excerpt: "I believe a strong system of public education is a cornerstone of our democracy. I have supported education as a lifelong pursuit. From access to quality, early education programs like Head Start to working with labor and business for mid-career job retraining programs, my commitment to federal support for education has been steadfast."
  • Making Government Work
Excerpt: "As the Ranking Member of the Committee on House Administration, I have worked to make our federal elections work. I have championed the DISCLOSE Act, to require big corporations to disclose there spending our elections and to strengthen the ban on foreign money in our politics."

Legislative actions

113th Congress

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The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1 percent) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[7] For more information pertaining to Brady's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[8]

National security

DHS Appropriations

Voted "No" Brady voted against 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 and was largely along party lines.[9]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "Yes" Brady voted in favor of House Amendment 69, which would have amended HR 3 to "require that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, conduct a study of the vulnerabilities of the Keystone XL pipeline to a terrorist attack and certify that necessary protections have been put in place." The amendment failed on May 22, 2013, with a vote of 176 - 239 and was largely along party lines.[9]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "No" Brady voted against HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). 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.[10] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[9]

NDAA

Voted "Yes" Brady voted in support of 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.[9]

Economy

Farm bill

Nay3.png On January 29, 2014, the U.S. House approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, known as the Farm Bill.[11] The bill passed by a vote of 251-166. The nearly 1,000-page bill provides for the reform and continuation of agricultural and other programs of the Department of Agriculture through 2018. The $1 trillion bill expanded crop insurance for farmers by $7 billion over the next decade and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that would kick in when prices drop.[12][13] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[13] Brady voted with 102 other Democratic representatives against the bill.

2014 Budget

Yea3.png On January 15, 2014, the Republican-run House approved H.R. 3547, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014.[14][15] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[15] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[16] It included a 1 percent increase in the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel, a $1 billion increase in Head Start funding for early childhood education, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency and protected the Affordable Care Act from any drastic cuts. Brady joined with the majority of the Democratic party and voted in favor of the bill.[14][15]

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "No" On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[17] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[18] Brady voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[19]

Voted "Yes" The shutdown finally ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funds the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[20] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Brady voted for HR 2775.[21]

Immigration

Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "No" Brady voted against 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. The vote largely followed party lines.[9]

Healthcare

Healthcare Reform Rules

Voted "No" Brady voted against 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 all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.[9]

Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act

Voted "No" Brady voted against HR 2009 - Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act of 2013. The bill passed through the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 232-185. The bill would prevent the IRS and Treasury Secretary from enforcing the powers provided to them in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The vote largely followed party lines.[9]

Social issues

Amash amendment

Voted "Yes" Brady voted in favor of House Amendment 413 - Prohibits the National Security Agency from Collecting Records Under the Patriot Act. The amendment failed on July 4, 2013, by a vote of 205-217. The amendment would have prohibited the collection of records by the National Security Agency under the Patriot Act. Both parties were split on the vote.[9]

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 172 Democrats that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[22]

Elections

2014

See also: Pennsylvania's 2nd Congressional District elections, 2014

Brady ran for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He sought the Democratic nomination in the primary election on May 20, 2014. The general election took place November 4, 2014.

2012

See also: Pennsylvania's 1st Congressional District elections, 2012

Brady ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Pennsylvania's 1st District. He ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on April 24 and defeated Republican John Featherman in the Nov. 6 general election.[23]

The Washington Post listed the House of Representatives elections in Pennsylvania in 2012 as 1 of the 10 states that could determine whether Democrats retake the House or Republicans would hold its majority in 2013.[24] Ohio tied with Pennsylvania for 9th on the list.[24]

U.S. House, Pennsylvania District 1 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRobert Brady Incumbent 84.9% 235,394
     Republican John Featherman 15.1% 41,708
Total Votes 277,102
Source: Pennsylvania Department of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Brady is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Brady raised a total of $3,760,284 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 17, 2013.[32]

Robert Brady's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (Pennsylvania, District 1) Won $746,273
2010 US House (Pennsylvania, District 1) Won $904,748
2008 US House (Pennsylvania, District 1) Won $764,048
2006 US House (Pennsylvania, District 1) Won $694,747
2004 US House (Pennsylvania, District 1) Won $650,468
Grand Total Raised $3,760,284

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Robert A. Brady's reports.[33]

Candidates for Congress were required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Brady's reports.[34]

Robert A. Brady (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[35]April 15, 2013$578,057.76$1,640.66$(51,495.67)$528,202.75
July Quarterly[36]July 15, 2013$528,202.75$116,733.01$(51,485.25)$593,450.51
October Quarterly[37]October 13, 2013$593,450.51$84,268.36$(39,810.81)$637,908.06
Year-End[38]January 31, 2014$637,908$74,934$(41,640)$671,201
April Quarterly[39]April 15, 2014$671,201.80$90,307.58$(65,869.35)$695,640.03
Running totals
$367,883.61$(250,301.08)

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, his campaign committee raised a total of $746,273 and spent $870,046.[40] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[41]

Cost per vote

Brady spent $3.70 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 of Representatives in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Brady's campaign committee raised a total of $904,748 and spent $747,603.[42]

His top 5 contributors between 2009-2010 were:

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 "rank-and-file Democrat" as of June 2013.[43]

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.[44]

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 496 of 10,262 roll call votes from May 1998 to April 2013. This amounts to 4.8%, which is worse than the median of 2.2% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving as of April 2013.[45]

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 $1,156,396 in 2011. Overall, Pennsylvania ranked 34th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[46]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

2012

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Brady's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $1,080,007 to $2,201,000. That averages to $1,640,503.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic House members in 2012 of $5,700,168.36. Brady ranked as the 168th most wealthy representative in 2012.[47]

Robert Brady Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
2012$1,640,503.50
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Click the link above for the full ratings of all members of Congress.

2012

Brady ranked 46th in the liberal rankings in 2012.[48][49]

2011

Brady ranked 82nd in the liberal rankings in 2011.[50]

Voting with party

2013

Robert A. Brady voted with the Democratic Party 95.9% of the time, which ranked 18 among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[51]

2011

Robert A. Brady voted with the Democratic Party 95.1% of the time, which ranked 11 among the 192 House Democratic members as of December 2011.[52]

Personal

Brady and his wife, Debra, have two children.[53]

Recent news

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See also

External links


References

  1. Politico, "2012 House Race Results," November 6, 2012
  2. Pennsylvania Department of State "2012 General Primary Unofficial Returns," April 24, 2012
  3. 3.0 3.1 Project Vote Smart, "Representative Robert A. Brady's Biography," accessed June 19, 2013
  4. Congressman Robert Brady, "Full Biography," accessed June 19, 2013
  5. CQ.com, House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress
  6. Campaign website, "Issues," accessed March 17, 2014
  7. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  8. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 9.5 9.6 9.7 Project Votesmart, "Robert Brady Key Votes," accessed October 15, 2013
  10. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 CISPA (2013) (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  11. Clerk of U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 31: H.R. 2642," accessed February 12, 2014
  12. Politico, "House clears Farm Bill," accessed February 12, 2014
  13. 13.0 13.1 New York Times, "Senate passes long-stalled Farm Bill, with clear winners and losers," accessed February 12, 2014
  14. 14.0 14.1 CNN.com, "House passes compromise $1.1 trillion budget for 2014," accessed January 20, 2014
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 21," accessed January 20, 2014
  16. Roll Call, "House passes $1.1 trillion omnibus," accessed January 20, 2014
  17. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  18. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  19. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  20. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  21. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  22. U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
  23. Pennsylvania Department of State "2012 General Primary Unofficial Returns," April 24, 2012
  24. 24.0 24.1 Washington Post, "The 10 states that will determine control of the House in 2012" accessed April 25, 2012
  25. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  26. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  27. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  28. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  29. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  30. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000," accessed March 28, 2013
  31. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1998," accessed March 28, 2013
  32. Open Secrets, "Career Fundraising for Robert Brady," accessed April 17, 2013
  33. Federal Election Commission, "Robert Brady 2014 Summary reports," accessed October 28, 2013
  34. Federal Election Commission, "Robert Brady 2014 Summary reports," accessed October 28, 2013
  35. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed July 22, 2013
  36. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed July 22, 2013
  37. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 28, 2013
  38. Federal Election Commission, "Brady Year-End," accessed February 5, 2014
  39. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  40. Open Secrets, "Robert Brady's 2012 Election Cycle," accessed March 4, 2013
  41. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013
  42. Open Secrets, "Robert A. Brady 2010 Election Cycle," accessed November 16, 2011
  43. Gov Track, "Rep. Robert Brady," accessed May 16, 2013
  44. OpenCongress, "Rep. Robert Brady," accessed August 22, 2013
  45. GovTrack, "Robert Brady," accessed April 17, 2013
  46. LegiStorm, "Robert A. Brady," accessed September 24, 2012
  47. OpenSecrets.org "Brady, 2012," accessed January 14, 2014
  48. National Journal, "TABLE: House Liberal Scores by Issue Area," February 21, 2013
  49. National Journal, "TABLE: House Conservative Scores by Issue Area," February 21, 2013
  50. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  51. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  52. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  53. House of Representatives, "Robert Brady," accessed December 9, 2013
Political offices
Preceded by
Thomas M. Foglietta
U.S. House of Representatives - Pennsylvania District 1
1998–present
Succeeded by
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