I am running because I am committed to bringing people together throughout our communities and across the aisle to make sure our children inherit a stronger and more secure future.
As I travel throughout the district, meeting with people in communities from Wheeling to Waukegan, Grayslake to Glencoe, Round Lake to Highland Park, I hear the same message: Washington is broken and holding us back—holding back our economy, holding back on tough decisions, and holding back on doing what it takes to help people get ahead.
It is these conversations that inspire me and led me to run for Congress in the first place. The work we started two years ago is unfinished, and the challenges we face are too important to give up the fight to put our nation on a better path.
Our country is stronger when our middle class is growing and families feel confident about what tomorrow will bring. Equal opportunity for everyone is the basis of the American Dream and that dream is the key to our future prosperity—and worth fighting for. And the rising economic tide really must lift up all of us if we are going to achieve our true potential as a nation.
That’s why I’m running for Congress. I remain dedicated to building an economy that works for every American and every community. I remain committed to ensuring our security at home, while also ensuring we lead in the world to improve security around the globe. I am steadfast in the belief that we can be a nation where every child has an opportunity for a quality education; every family has access to quality, affordable health care; and anyone willing to work hard has the opportunity to earn a fair wage, provide for their family, and achieve a dignified retirement.
My term in Congress certainly saw periods filled with frustration, but there were also meaningful achievements that will have a lasting, positive impact for our communities and our future.
Among the most significant moments were the introduction of my first bill, The AMERICA Works Act, the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, the successful passage of a bipartisan budget for the first time in four years, and the unanimous passage of the Hezbollah International Financial Prevention Act. And last December, the United States-Israel Strategic Partnership Act of 2014 was signed into law—including a measure I introduced to enhance Israel’s qualitative military edge.
These achievements are proof that with principled leadership, we can find common ground where both parties can work together to make progress. But a government where the will of a few blocks the progress for the many is not working, and I want to fix it.
I want to go back to Congress because we need to continue to fight to strengthen our economy, to protect our environment, to protect women’s rights to make their own health decisions, to repair and strengthen the U.S.-Israel relationship. My commitment to you is that I will do all I can to ensure that the next Congress reflects our priorities and our values.
I am grateful for the support of my family and friends, old and new, and I hope that you will join our campaign for a government that works for all of us.
Together, I know we can finish what we started.
From 2013-2015, Brad represented the 10th District of Illinois in the 113th Congress. In Congress and at home, Brad has focused on strengthening the middle class, rebuilding a vibrant economy and breaking through partisan gridlock to help move our country forward. Brad led on job creation efforts through his service on the House Committee on Small Business. And, as a member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Brad strongly advocated for robust, sensible and engaged foreign policy, including a strong U.S.-Israel relationship.
Brad is committed to core Democratic values. In Congress, he proudly fought to protect Social Security and Medicare, a woman’s right to choose, a healthy, sustainable environment, and full equality for the LGBT community.
Before serving in Congress, Brad had a career in business that spanned more than two decades. He primarily worked as a management consultant helping family owned businesses with strategic planning and succession management. Brad also owned and managed a life insurance agency from 1997-2003.
Brad has deep roots and a long record of dedicated service in and for the community. Among his many commitments, he has been very active with the Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, as well as serving on the board of American Jewish Committee. For four years, Brad served as the chair of the Chicago Alliance of Latinos and Jews. He is also a President’s Circle member of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, and a former board member of Business and Professional People for the Public Interest.
Brad earned his bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Northwestern University in 1983 and his MBA from Northwestern in 1988. He lived in Israel for a year after completing his undergraduate studies in 1983.
Among Brad’s favorite pastimes was coaching his sons’ baseball and soccer teams for over 12 years. When Brad isn’t on the campaign trail, he loves to be on the bike trails throughout the district.