Born and raised in Philadelphia, Brady graduated from St. Thomas More High School. After High School, Brady went to work as a carpenter and soon joined the leadership of the Carpenters’ union, where he remains a Member today.
In addition to his work as a carpenter, Brady served as Deputy Mayor for Labor in the administration of Philadelphia Mayor W. Wilson Goode as well as a consultant to the Pennsylvania State Senate. Brady has also served as a Pennsylvania Turnpike Commissioner and as a Member of the Board of Directors of the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority.
In 1998 Brady was elected to the United States Congress, representing the first Congressional District which comprises portions of the City of Philadelphia and Delaware Counties. In Congress, Brady has earned a reputation as a champion for working families and civil rights, consistently earning an “A” or 100 percent rating from the AFL-CIO, NAACP, The Leadership Conference on Civil Rights and other labor and civil rights organizations. Brady also serves as the Ranking Member of the Committee on House Administration, which oversees the day to day operations of the House of Representatives, and champions election and campaign finance reform for the House Democrats.