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Larry Brady

Majority Staff Director, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee (since January 2011)

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Why He Matters

Brady is poised to become the White House's "worst nightmare."

As majority staff director for the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Brady has a knack for exposing controversies that have staying power. And he became even more powerful (read: he gained subpoena power) in November 2010 when Republicans retook the House majority.

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At a Glance

  • Career History: Minority Staff Director, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee (2009-January 2011); Lead researcher and adviser, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee (2007 to 2009); Majority Staff Director, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee (2006 to 2007)
  • Birthday: April 22, 1939
  • Hometown: Berlin, N.H.
  • Alma Mater: Catholic University, PhD. (economics and international affairs)
  • Committee: House Oversight and Government Reform Committee
  • DC Office: B350A Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC; 202-225-5074
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Path To Power

Brady was born in Berlin, N.H. He attended college and ultimately earned his Ph.D. in economics and international affairs from Catholic University in Washington, D.C.

He first arrived on Capitol Hill in 1958, when he took a job as Sen. Norris Cotton's (R-N.H.) staff assistant. In 1967, he was named minority counsel on the Senate Judiciary Separation of Powers subcommittee.

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The Issues

As the lead GOP staffer on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Brady has a nose for finding issues that resonate with the public. He has been at the forefront of several investigations of the Obama administration, including allegations that the White House tried to bribe Democratic challengers in the Pennsylvania and Colorado races to drop out.

He also spearheaded a report against community-organizing group ACORN, which alleged that the get-out-the-vote organization used fraud to register illegitimate voters. Congress eventually cut off federal funding to the organization, and ACORN disbanded.

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The Network

As one of the top staff members of Rep. Darrell Issa's (R-Calif.) House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Brady works closely with Kurt Bardella, who helms the committee's press office.

He has a long relationship with Ed Rollins, a GOP strategist who advised independent presidential hopeful Ross Perot. "He is an long-time friend," Brady told the Associated Press in 1992.

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