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Rep. Robert Brady

Former Representative for Pennsylvania’s 1st District

pronounced RAH-bert // BRAY-dee

Brady was the representative for Pennsylvania’s 1st congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1998 to 2018.

Alleged misconduct & resolution

Brady faced an allegation of leading a criminal conspiracy to hide a $90,000 payment made to persuade a 2012 primary opponent to drop out of the race. On Nov. 1, 2017, the Federal Bureau of Investigation issued a search warrant for email. Brady announced he would not run for re-election in January 2018. Brady has never been charged in the case.

Nov. 1, 2017 Federal Bureau of Investigation issued a search warrant for email
Jan. 31, 2018 Brady announced he would not run for re-election.
Oct. 13, 2020 Brady has never been charged.
Photo of Rep. Robert Brady [D-PA1, 1998-2018]


Legislative Metrics

Read our 2018 Report Card for Brady.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Brady is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2018 positioned according to our ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Brady sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2013 to Dec 21, 2018. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Brady was the primary sponsor of 14 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 14 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.

We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Brady sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (29%) Crime and Law Enforcement (18%) Transportation and Public Works (18%) Private Legislation (12%) Civil Rights and Liberties, Minority Issues (12%) Health (12%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Brady recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Key Votes

Brady voted Yea

Passed 248/179 on Jul 19, 2017.

H.R. 2910 strengthens the role of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) as the lead agency under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) for jurisdictional …

Brady voted Nay

Passed 344/73 on Jan 10, 2017.

H.R. 79 amends the Securities Act of 1933 to clarify that certain startup companies are able to give presentations about their company and host certain …

Brady voted Not Voting

Passed 338/88 on May 13, 2015.

The USA Freedom Act (H.R. 2048, Pub.L. 114–23) is a U.S. law enacted on June 2, 2015 that restored in modified form several provisions of …

Brady voted Yea

Passed 219/206 on Dec 11, 2014.

This bill became the vehicle for passage of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 [pdf], which was approved by the House on December …

Brady voted Aye

Brady voted Aye

Brady voted No

Passed 304/117 on Jun 23, 2011.

The Leahy–Smith America Invents Act (AIA) is a United States federal statute that was passed by Congress and was signed into law by President Barack …

Missed Votes

From May 1998 to Dec 2018, Brady missed 676 of 13,893 roll call votes, which is 4.9%. This is much worse than the median of 2.5% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 2018. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.

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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: