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Sarah Brady (born Sarah Jane Kemp on February 6, 1942) is the wife of former White House Press Secretary James Brady. She was born to L. Stanley Kemp, a high school teacher and later FBImarker agent, and Frances Stufflebean Kemp, a former teacher and homemaker. She has one younger brother, Bill.

She graduated from the College of William and Marymarker in 1964 and married Brady in Alexandria, Virginiamarker on July 21, 1973. On December 29, 1978, their only son, James Scott Brady, Jr., was born. Her husband sustained a permanently disabling head wound during the Reagan assassination attemptmarker which occurred on March 30, 1981.

James Brady remained as Press Secretary for the remainder of Reagan's administrations, but this was primarily a titular role.

Sarah and James Brady became leading advocates of gun control in the United States. They later became active in the lobbying organization (named Handgun Control, Inc.) that would eventually be renamed the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.

Honorary doctorate degrees

Sarah and James Brady have received numerous honorary degrees.


In 2002, Sarah Brady and Merrill McLoughlin wrote A Good Fight, Published by Public Affairs, ISBN 1-58648-105-3. In this book, Sarah recounts purchasing a rifle for her son, taking advantage of the what she claims to be the gun show loophole that her organization seeks to eliminate. According to a review of the book by a leading gun-control organization, Join Together, the book is about her entire life, including a battle with lung cancer.


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