At a Glance
- Career History: Texas House of Representatives (1990-1996); Executive, Woodlands Chamber of Commerce (1978-1996)
- Birthday: April 11, 1955
- Hometown: Vermillion, South Dakota
- Alma Mater: University of South Dakota, B.S., 1990
- Spouse: Cathy
- Religion: Catholic
- Committees: Joint Economic Committee (House Chairman), House Ways and Means
- DC Office: 301 Cannon Building, 202-225-4901
Path to Power
Brady was born in 1955 in South Dakota, where his father worked as an attorney. When Brady was 12-years-old, a man involved in a messy divorce case shot and killed Brady's father in a state courtroom. Brady's father's death would color some of the future legislator's political views as the lawmaker became an advocate for victims' rights.
Early Life in Texas
After attending college in South Dakota, Brady moved to Texas in 1978 where he would serve as the executive of The Woodlands Chamber of Commerce in a wealthy Houston suburb.
During the 111th Congress, Brady voted with House Republicans 95 percent of the time.
A traditional supporter of gun ownership, Brady voted in 1995 against a Texas state bill allowing concealed handguns because of his father's death. "I couldn't look Mom in the eye and vote for this," Brady told a reporter immediately after the vote.
Brady has worked closely with Rep. Dave Camp (D-Mich.), chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, on trade issues. The two are the lead Republicans pushing for the passage of trade pacts with South Korea, Panama and Colombia.
Brady co-chairs the Republican Student Committee's Sunset Caucus, aimed at cutting the size of the government, with Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah).