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.|
Read our 2018 Report Card for Brady.
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.
Brady was the primary sponsor of 14 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- H.R. 4092 (114th): To reauthorize the sound recording and film preservation programs of the Library of Congress, and for other purposes.
- H.R. 4858 (114th): To provide a declaration of nonnavigability for the central Delaware River, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and for other purposes.
- H.R. 6399 (111th): To improve certain administrative operations of the Office of the Architect of the Capitol, and for other purposes.
- H.R. 5682 (111th): To improve the operation of certain facilities and programs of the House of Representatives, and for other purposes.
- H.R. 1299 (111th): United States Capitol Police Administrative Technical Corrections Act of 2009
- H.R. 3997 (111th): To permit each current member of the Board of Directors of the Office of Compliance to serve for 3 terms.
- H.R. 5159 (110th): Capitol Visitor Center Act of 2008
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).
Brady sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Recently Introduced Bills
Brady recently introduced the following legislation:
- H.Res. 1094 (115th): Commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Armistice Agreement, the 100th anniversary of …
- H.R. 6122 (115th): Save Voters Act
- H.R. 5623 (115th): For the relief of Carmela Apolonio Hernandez, Edwin Artillero Apolonio, Yoselin Artillero …
- H.Res. 819 (115th): Recognizing the 110th anniversary of the American Association for Cancer Research, the …
- H.Res. 735 (115th): Congratulating the Philadelphia Eagles on their victory in Super Bowl LII.
- H.R. 2876 (115th): Automatic Voter Registration Act of 2017
- H.R. 794 (115th): EAC Reauthorization Act of 2017
Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.
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.
|Time Period||Votes Eligible||Missed Votes||Percent||Percentile|
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