Brendan Francis Boyle (born February 6, 1977) is a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives, representing Pennsylvania's 2nd congressional district serving in Congress since 2019, having previously represented the 13th district from 2015 to 2019. The district includes most of the northeastern fourth of Philadelphia. He was previously a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, representing the 170th District from 2009 to 2015.
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Pennsylvania's 2nd district
|Assumed office |
January 3, 2015
|Preceded by||Allyson Schwartz|
|Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives|
from the 170th district
January 6, 2009 – January 3, 2015
|Preceded by||George T. Kenney|
|Succeeded by||Martina White|
Brendan Francis Boyle
February 6, 1977
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
|Education||University of Notre Dame (BA)|
Harvard University (MPP)
Early life and educationEdit
Boyle is the elder of two sons. His father, Francis, is an Irish immigrant who came to the United States in 1970 from Glencolmcille, County Donegal, and works as a janitor for the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA). His late mother, Eileen, was the child of Irish immigrants from County Sligo; she worked as a Philadelphia School District crossing guard for over 20 years.
Boyle was born and raised in the Olney neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He attended Cardinal Dougherty High School before receiving an academic scholarship to the University of Notre Dame, where he graduated with a degree in Government in 1999, completing the Hesburgh Program in Public Service. After working for several years as a consultant with the U.S. Department of Defense, including Naval Sea Systems Command, he attended graduate school at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government, where he earned a master's degree in Public Policy.
Pennsylvania House of RepresentativesEdit
Boyle ran unsuccessfully for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 2004 and 2006, losing both times to longtime Republican incumbent George T. Kenney. On November 4, 2008, Boyle defeated Republican Matthew Taubenberger, son of 2007 mayoral candidate Al Taubenberger, by a margin of 15,442 (59.2%) to 10,632 (40.8%) to win the election to succeed Kenney, becoming the first Democrat ever elected to represent the 170th district.
In the 2012 election cycle, Boyle ran unopposed and was selected as Chairman of the Pennsylvania House Democratic Campaign Committee, the campaign arm of the Pennsylvania House Democratic Caucus.
Boyle ran unopposed in the 2014 election cycle and resigned his seat on January 2, 2015 prior to being sworn in as a member of the United States House of Representatives. He was succeeded by Martina White.
As a state lawmaker, Boyle's focus was on greater educational access, healthcare and greater economic equality.
As the first member of his family to attend college, he prioritized greater access to higher education. During his first term in office, he introduced the REACH Scholarship program, which would offer tuition-free public college for qualifying Pennsylvania students.
He fought cuts to public K-12 and higher education funding, and supported greater investment in infrastructure, voting in 2013 for legislation (passed into law as Act 89) that provided the first comprehensive transportation funding overhaul in Pennsylvania in nearly 20 years, providing several billion dollars in new funds for roads, bridges and mass transit. He also founded the Eastern Montgomery County-Northeast Philadelphia Legislative Alliance, a group of local and state lawmakers who work across Northeast Philadelphia and Montgomery County on issues affecting both regions.
Boyle was a founding member of the LGBT Equality Caucus during his first term in office, voting in favor of legislation in 2009 prohibiting discrimination of LGBT Pennsylvanians in work, housing and other areas the only time it passed out of committee. In 2014, he introduced legislation to amend Pennsylvania's hate crimes statutes to include crimes perpetrated based on sexual orientation.
Boyle also introduced legislation in 2011 to make genocide education a required part of Pennsylvania public school curricula, legislation that was eventually passed into law in 2014. In 2013, he introduced legislation to expand access to school counseling services, which resulted in him being selected as recipient of the 2013 Pennsylvania School Counselor Association's "Legislator of the Year" award. In 2014, he introduced the SAFER PA Act, which required timely testing of DNA evidence kits and that backlogged and untested evidence be reported to the state. It would also require that authorities notify victims or surviving family when DNA testing is completed. The SAFER PA Act was reintroduced and signed into law by Governor Tom Wolf in 2015
- Labor Relations
- Liquor Control
U.S. House of RepresentativesEdit
In April 2013, Boyle announced his candidacy for Pennsylvania's 13th congressional district, which stretched from Montgomery County to northeast Philadelphia. The incumbent five-term Democrat, Allyson Schwartz, gave up the seat to run for Governor. Boyle had the support of nearly 30 labor unions across the Philadelphia region.
Despite early polling showing a nearly 30 point lead for former Congresswoman Marjorie Margolies in the Democratic primary–the real contest in this heavily Democratic-trending district–Boyle won the May 20, 2014 primary with 41% of the vote, bolstered by winning 69% of the vote in the Philadelphia portion of the district. He went on to win the seat in the general election on November 4, 2014, defeating Republican Carson "Dee" Adcock with 67% of the vote.
No Republican or other party candidate filed to run against Boyle in 2016, so he was re-elected unopposed.
The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania imposed a new map for Pennsylvania's congressional districts in February 2018. Boyle then announced that he would run for re-election in the new 2nd District. That district had previously been the 1st District, represented by retiring fellow Democrat Bob Brady. However, the new 2nd absorbed all of the Philadelphia portion of the old 13th, including Boyle's home. PoliticsPA rated Boyle's district as not vulnerable (a safe seat).
As a member of Congress, Boyle has prioritized legislative measures to address national income inequality, while expanding access to healthcare and education. He has supported legislation to raise the federal minimum wage to $12.00 an hour, as well as measures to revise the way Social Security benefits are calculated to protect seniors from seeing their benefits reduced over time.
Boyle has been outspoken about the need to protect American jobs. After Mondelez International announced that it would close a Philadelphia factory, Boyle announced his support for the Oreo Boycott by appearing with a poster featuring an Oreo cookie red circle and line through it, accompanied by the message, "Say no to Oreo,"  After highlighting the American layoffs, Boyle noted that CEO Rosenfeld received a pay increase.
Boyle filed the Standardizing Testing and Accountability Before Large Elections Giving Electors Necessary Information for Unobstructed Selection Act, or shortened to the acronym Stable Genius Act, in 2018. The measure would imply "nominees of each political party to file a report with the Federal Election Commission certifying that he or she underwent a medical exam by the Secretary of the Navy" - containing the exam's results.
Between January 2015 and September 2018, he missed 119 of 2,434 roll call votes in the House, which is 4.9%. The median is 2.4% among the lifetime records of Representatives currently in office.
On education, he joined other Members of Congress to urge House leaders to get federal money to Philadelphia's ailing schools.
Boyle has received the following ratings from advocacy organizations:
- Human Rights Campaign: 100%
- League of Conservation Voters: 100%
- Planned Parenthood Action Fund: 100%
- American Civil Liberties Union: 88%
- The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws: B
- United States Chamber of Commerce: 58%
- FreedomWorks: 5%
- Committee on Foreign Affairs
- Committee on Oversight and Government Reform
His brother Kevin J. Boyle serves as a representative of Pennsylvania's 172nd House district, having been elected in 2010 by defeating former Speaker of the House John M. Perzel. Brendan and Kevin were the first brothers to serve simultaneously in the Pennsylvania House.
Awards and honorsEdit
In August 2008, Boyle was named "one of top 10 rising stars" in politics by the Philadelphia Daily News.
In 2011, the Aspen Institute chose Boyle as one of its Rodel Fellows, a program that "seeks to enhance our democracy by identifying and bringing together the nation's most promising young political leaders."
In 2013, Boyle was selected as the Pennsylvania School Counselor Association's "Legislator of the Year" award for his introduction of legislation to expand school counselor access in Pennsylvania.
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Rep. Brendan Boyle resigned his PA House District 170 seat to serve as a member of the U.S. Congress.
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- Joseph N. DiStefano (August 12, 2015). "Oreo sees support, but also backlash and boycott, for gay pride rainbow cookie". Philly.com. Retrieved July 9, 2015.
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- "To prohibit lifting of United States sanctions imposed with respect to North Korea. (H.R. 6094)". GovTrack.us. Retrieved September 17, 2018.
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- "Members". Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus. Retrieved May 17, 2018.
- "90 Current Climate Solutions Caucus Members". Citizen´s Climate Lobby. Retrieved October 18, 2018.
- Catherine Lucey (November 3, 2010). "Kevin Boyle trips Perzel for Pa. House seat". Philly.com.
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- "Hon. Brendan Boyle - College of Arts and Sciences". College of Arts and Sciences. Retrieved December 5, 2015.
- "Here are 10 under 40 who are moving into position". Philly.com. August 4, 2008.
- "Aspen Institute-Rodel Fellowship Class of 2011". The Aspen Institute. Archived from the original on August 10, 2015. Retrieved November 9, 2014.
- "The Aspen Institute Selects "Rising Stars" in Governance for its Rodel Fellowships in Public Leadership Program". Retrieved November 9, 2014.
- Congressman Brendan Boyle official U.S. House site
- Brendan Boyle for Congress
- Brendan Boyle at Curlie
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Profile at Vote Smart
- Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
- Legislation sponsored at the Library of Congress
|U.S. House of Representatives|
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 13th congressional district
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 2nd congressional district
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