From an early age, Mike Brady has been driven to give something back by serving his community. Throughout his childhood and through to adulthood Mike has always worked well with others, it is a part of his character. Even now as an elected official Mike is well known for working in a bi-partisan collaborative manner to get results for the people he serves for. “Mike Brady works” is a common refrain among constituents, as well as colleagues.
Born and raised on Brockton’s West Side, Mike grew up in a working class family. The youngest of three children, Mike learned a strong work ethic, love of family and sense of community very early on his life. Members of the “Greatest Generation” Mike’s father, Bob, worked a career as a drywaller, while his mom, Edna, was employed as a seamstress. Later Mike’s parents owned a local antique business based in East Bridgewater, becoming well known at various fairs and flea markets throughout the South Shore.
When Mike was just ten years old, tragedy struck. While walking to buy groceries for his mother at a neighborhood store, he was struck and seriously injured by a car. In comma for a week, Mike spent three months in the hospital, followed by nearly a year of recovery at home. He received visits from the Bruins, Red Sox and Patriots, as well as received “get well” wishes from Senator Ted Kennedy and President Richard Nixon. It was during this time that Mike’s drive toward public service began.
“People from across the Brockton area donated blood to help save the life of a stranger and the countless heart-felt well wishes I received while recovering are things you never forget,” recalls Mike. “If not for our community, I don’t know if I’d be here today. The desire to serve and give something back has been with me ever since.”
After attending Brockton Public Schools and graduating from Brockton High School, Mike paid his own way to attend Massasoit Community College while also working for Superior Bakery, as well as the Mulaire News and family-owned Brady Distributing.
Mike went on to graduate from the Metro Life Insurance School and became a licensed insurance agent in Massachusetts, specializing in life, disability and annuity products.
While working as an insurance agent, Mike answered the call to public service by first being elected to the Brockton School Committee. Mike then went on to be elected to the Brockton City Council where he served for fourteen years, representing Ward 2 with great pride. In 2008 Mike had the opportunity to better serve his community and was elected State Representative in November of 2008.
Mike represented the people of the 9th Plymouth District in the House of Representatives. He served as Vice Chairman of the House Committee on Bonding, Capital Expenditures and State Assets and has served as Vice Chairman of the Committee on Public Safety, as well as held seats on the Ways and Means, Public Health and Economic Development Committees.
After the sad loss of his friend and mentor Senator Tom Kennedy, Mike, with the blessing of Tom's family, was elected to fill the 2nd Plymouth & Bristol District in the Massachusetts Senate November of 2015.
Now in his 2nd term in the Senate, Mike currently serves as Chairman of the Senate Committee on Revenue and Vice Chairman of the Senate Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy as well as serving as a member of the Joint Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure, Joint Committee on Veterans and Federal Affairs, Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security, Joint Committee on Public Service, Special Senate Committee on Cyber Security Readiness, Special Senate Committee on Addiction Prevention, Treatment and Recovery Options and the Senate Committee on Bills in the Third Reading.
Mike has also been Massachusetts State Democratic Committeeman representing the 2nd Plymouth and Bristol District since first elected in 2005.
In addition to elected office, Mike has served on and volunteered with a wide variety of community organizations including: The Brockton Democratic City Committee, Save Our Libraries, Safe Neighborhood Initiatives, Boys and Girls Club, YMCA, NAACP.
Mike strongly supports legislation funding and protecting public education, addressing climate change and global warming by incentivizing renewable energy resources, opioid abuse, economic development/gateway cities and mortgage foreclosure.
Among His personal interests are supporting the elderly, youth and veterans groups; Sports; Music.
Mike continues to live on Brockton's West Side.