James Brady

White House Press Secretary under Ronald Reagan (1940-2014)

James Scott "Jim" Brady (August 29, 1940 – August 4, 2014) was an American journalist, politician, and activist. He was an assistant to the President and White House Press Secretary under U.S. President Ronald Reagan.

James Scott Brady
Brady in August 2000
17th White House Press Secretary
In office
PresidentRonald Reagan
Preceded byJody Powell
Succeeded byLarry Speakes
Personal details
Born(1940-08-29)August 29, 1940
Centralia, Illinois
DiedAugust 4, 2014(2014-08-04) (aged 73)
Alexandria, Virginia
Political partyRepublican
Sue Beh (m. 1961–1968)
Sarah Brady (m. 1973–2014)
(his death)
Alma materUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Early life Edit

Brady was born in Centralia, Illinois on August 29, 1940[1] to Harold J. Brady and to Dorothy (née Davidson). He studied at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Career Edit

Brady became Ronald Reagan's White House Press Secretary in 1981.

Near death Edit

Brady was nearly killed a few weeks after becoming Press Secretary. On March 30, 1981 John Hinckley tried to assassinate President Reagan with a gun. Brady was shot in the head and became disabled.

Gun control Edit

After Brady's near death, he and his wife, Sarah, became a supporter of gun control. He was also an activist for gun control.

Together with his wife, Sarah, who was Chair of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence (formerly known as Handgun Control, Inc.), co-founded by N.T. Pete Shields, Brady quickly fought for handgun control and assault weapon restrictions. The Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act, also known simply as "the Brady Bill", was named in his honor.

James S. Brady Press Briefing Room Edit

In 2000, the Press Briefing Room at the White House was renamed after Brady as the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room.

Personal life Edit

Brady married Sue Beh in 1961. That marriage ended in divorce in 1968. Brady married Sarah, in 1973; the couple had two children, Scott and Melissa.

Death Edit

Brady died on August 4, 2014 in Alexandria, Virginia, aged 73.[2] His death has been said to be a homicide caused by the gunshot wound he received in 1981, about 33 years before.[3]

References Edit

  1. Victor Cohn (23 November 1981). "James Brady and his odyssey". The Washington Post. p. A1.
  2. Former White House Press Secretary James Brady Dead at 73
  3. "James Brady's death ruled a homicide from 1981 shooting". Chicago Tribune.com. Retrieved August 8, 2014.

Other websites Edit

  Media related to James Brady at Wikimedia Commons