James Brady

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James Scott Brady
Brady in August 2006
15th White House Press Secretary
In office
1981–1989
President Ronald Reagan
Preceded by Jody Powell
Succeeded by Larry Speakes
Personal details
Born August 29, 1940 (1940-08-29) (age 73)
Centralia, Illinois
Nationality American
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Sarah Brady
Alma mater University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

James Scott "Jim" Brady (born August 29, 1940) is a former Assistant to the President and White House Press Secretary under U.S. President Ronald Reagan. After nearly being killed and becoming permanently disabled as a result of an assassination attempt on Reagan in 1981 caused by John Hinckley, Brady became an ardent supporter of gun control. He is also an activist for gun control.

Brady was born in Centralia, Illinois on August 29, 1940[1]. He studied at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is married to Sarah Brady.

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

References[change | change source]

  1. Victor Cohn (23 November 1981). "James Brady and his odyssey". The Washington Post: p. A1.

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