Brendan learned the value of hard work from his father, a SEPTA maintenance custodian who emigrated from Ireland at the age of 19, and his mother, a school crossing guard. Brendan was the first in his family to attend college and received a scholarship to attend the University of Notre Dame.
While at Notre Dame, Brendan worked as a sportscaster announcing both Notre Dame football and basketball games on 640 WVFI-AM. Brendan would later earn his Master’s Degree in public policy from the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government. He is married to Jennifer, a Montgomery County public school teacher, who just gave birth to their daughter Abigail.
Brendan was elected to the PA State Legislature in 2008 and became the first Democrat ever elected to his legislative district. Since being sworn into office in 2009, Brendan has built an impressive legislative record in education, health care, government reform, and economic development.
Brendan has never forgotten who he is or where he comes from. He has been a strong advocate for the middle class and is very proud of his 100% pro-labor voting record. Brendan has also been an instrumental voice in Harrisburg for education reform, criminal justice reform, and protecting victims of domestic violence.
In the United States Congress, Brendan will continue to fight for the forgotten middle class.