Born and raised in a Philadelphia rowhome, Brendan Boyle worked hard to achieve the American Dream.
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 Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Brendan was elected to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 2008 as the first Democrat ever elected to his legislative district. Over the course of six years serving Northeast Philadelphia and Montgomery County in Harrisburg, Brendan worked to support record public school funding under Governor Rendell, helped gather bipartisan support for Act 89, the first major transportation bill passed in Pennsylvania in 20 years, and fought against Republican led cuts to our public schools and attacks on organized labor.
As a member of the state House, Brendan was appointed in 2011 as the Chairman of the House Democratic Campaign Committee, coordinating statewide campaign operations and helping recruit candidates to run for state office across Pennsylvania. In 2012, Brendan entered the Aspen Institute’s Rodel Fellowship Program.
In 2013, in recognition of legislative efforts to expand student counselor access across Pennsylvania, Brendan received the annual Pennsylvania School Counselor Association Legislator of the Year Award.
Brendan has also served as an adjunct professor at Drexel University’s School of Public Policy, teaching classes on policy and campaign management.
In 2014, Brendan campaigned for and was elected to serve as the Representative for Pennsylvania’s 13th congressional district, overcoming initial polling that had him down by 32 points to score a major upset victory. Since assuming office in January 2015, Brendan has served on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and most recently, the House Budget Committee.
Brendan was reelected without opposition in 2016. In December 2016, Brendan co-founded the House Blue Collar Caucus, whose goal is to facilitate legislative ideas focused on addressing wage stagnation, job insecurity, trade, offshoring, and reduced career opportunities for those in the manufacturing and building trades.
He is married to Jennifer, a Montgomery County public school teacher, with whom he has one daughter, Abigail. They reside in Northeast Philadelphia.