|James Scott Brady|
Brady in August 2006
|15th White House Press Secretary|
|Preceded by||Jody Powell|
|Succeeded by||Larry Speakes|
August 29, 1940|
|Died||August 4, 2014
|Spouse(s)||Sue Beh (m. 1961–68) (divorced)
Sarah Brady (m. 1973–2014) (his death)
|Alma mater||University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign|
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.
Early life[change | change source]
Career[change | change source]
Near death[change | change source]
Brady was nearly killed after a few weeks after becoming Press Secretary. President Reagan was also injured. Since then, he became disabled as a result of an assassination attempt on Reagan in 1981 caused by John Hinckley.
Gun control[change | change source]
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 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 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[change | change source]
In 2000, the Press Briefing Room at the White House was renamed after Brady as the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room.
Personal life[change | change source]
Brady married Sue Beh in 1961. That marriage ended in divorce in 1968. Brady married secondly, to Sarah, in 1973; the couple had two children, Scott and Melissa.
Death[change | change source]
References[change | change source]
- Victor Cohn (23 November 1981). "James Brady and his odyssey". The Washington Post: p. A1.
- Former White House Press Secretary James Brady Dead at 73
- "James Brady's death ruled a homicide from 1981 shooting". Chicago Tribune.com. Retrieved August 8, 2014.
Other websites[change | change source]
Media related to James Brady at Wikimedia Commons