At a Glance
- Career History:
State Representative (1993-2000); Co-owner of Brady Homes
- Birthday: May 15, 1961
- Hometown: Bloomington, Ill.
- Alma Mater: Illinois Wesleyan University, B.A.
Path To Power
After graduating from Illinois Wesleyan University, Brady took over the business side of his father's family-run homebuilding business, Brady Homes. He has stated that if elected governor, he will step away from the daily operations but retain ownership of the business.
Brady has served in elected office since 1993. He first served as an Illinois representative from 1993 to 2000 and then served in the state Senate beginning in 2002. Brady first launched a failed campaign for Congress in 2000 and then ran for governor in 2006, finishing third in the Republican primary. In the 2010 gubernatorial race, he faced incumbent Patrick Quinn, who took office after Rod Blagojevich was removed from office in 2009.
Brady believes it is imperative to reduce U.S. dependence on foreign oil. While he claims to support wetlands and green- space preservation, he also believes in "clean coal" and every alternative energy production, including nuclear, wind, and solar power. He also supports the use of biofuels such as ethanol, important to corn-producing states.
Brady is a staunch defender of the right-to-bear arms. Additionally, he believes in and advocates for the right to carry a concealed weapon.
During his 2010 gubernatorial campaign, Brady was endorsed by former Illinois Gov. Jim Edgar (R), former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, 2008 presidential candidate Mitt Romney, former Gov. Jeb Bush, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Mississippi Gov. and RGA Chair Haley Barbour, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.), and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani.