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 in 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.
Mike currently serves as Senate Chairman of the Joint Committee on Public Service and Vice Chairman of the Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies, as well as serving as a member of the Senate Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change, Senate Committee on Ways and Means, Joint Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure, Joint Committee on Election Laws, Joint Committee on Veterans and Federal Affairs, Joint Committee on Ways and Means.
Mike is also the Massachusetts State Democratic Committeeman representing the 2nd Plymouth and Bristol District.
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.