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William M. Brodhead

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William Brodhead
William M Brodhead.JPG
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Michigan's 17th district
In office
January 3, 1975 – January 3, 1983
Preceded byMartha Griffiths
Succeeded bySander Levin
Member of the Michigan House of Representatives
In office
January 13, 1971 – January 8, 1975
Preceded byWeldon O. Yeager
Succeeded byJack E. Legel
Constituency17th district (1971-1973)
2nd district (1973-1975)
Personal details
Born
William McNulty Brodhead

(1941-09-12) September 12, 1941 (age 79)
Cleveland, Ohio
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Kathleen
Children2
EducationWayne State University (AB)
University of Michigan (JD)

William McNulty Brodhead (born September 12, 1941) is an American lawyer and former politician from Michigan who served four terms in the United States House of Representatives from 1975 to 1983.

Early life and education

Brodhead was born in Cleveland, Ohio and attended elementary and secondary schools in Cleveland. He received a B.A. from Wayne State University in Detroit, in 1965 and a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor, in 1967.

Legal career and politics

Brodhead during his final term in congress.
Brodhead during his final term in congress.

He was admitted to the Michigan Bar in 1968 and commenced practice in Detroit. He was elected to Michigan House of Representatives in 1970 and was reelected in 1972, from a district in Detroit.

In 1974, Martha W. Griffiths, Democratic incumbent for Michigan's 17th District to the United States House of Representatives was not a candidate for renomination. Brodhead won nomination as the Democratic candidate and was elected to the Ninety-fourth and to the three succeeding Congresses, serving from January 3, 1975 to January 3, 1983. While in Congress, Brodhead served on the House Ways and Means Committee and on the Budget Committee. Brodhead also served as Chair of the Democratic Study Group which was then the liberal caucus in the House.

Post-political career

He declined to run for reelection in 1982 and returned home to the Detroit area.

He became a partner in the Detroit law firm, Plunkett & Cooney, where he practiced from 1983 to 2003. Retiring from the law firm in October, 2003, he practiced on his own until 2006, when he retired completely.

While in law practice in Detroit, Brodhead served on many non-profit boards including Detroit Public Television, Mt. Carmel Hospital, Michigan's Children and the Citizen's Research Council. He served at various times as Board Chair of the Skillman Foundation, Covenant House Michigan, Focus:Hope and the Oakland Mediation Center.

In 1994, he was an unsuccessful candidate for U.S. Senator, losing in the primary to Bob Carr, who went on to lose in the general election to Spencer Abraham.

Personal life

Brodhead now lives with his wife Kathleen, to whom he has been married since 1965, in Northern California. They have two adult children and a granddaughter who also live in Northern California. He serves on the board of directors of Covenant House, California.

References

  • United States Congress. "William M. Brodhead (id: B000862)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Martha Griffiths
United States Representative for the 17th Congressional District of Michigan
1975 – 1983
Succeeded by
Sander Levin
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