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Gov. Markell Remembers James Brady

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FILE - This March 30, 2011 file photo shows former White House press secretary James Brady, left, who was left paralyzed in the Reagan assassination attempt, looking at his wife Sarah Brady, during a news conference on Capitol Hill. FILE - This March 30, 2011 file photo shows former White House press secretary James Brady, left, who was left paralyzed in the Reagan assassination attempt, looking at his wife Sarah Brady, during a news conference on Capitol Hill.
WILMINGTON, Del.(WBOC/AP) - Delaware Governor Jack Markell is remembering James Brady as a man he "knew and admired for years."

His statement follows news the former White House Press Secretary, who called Sussex County his home for many years, has died at the age of 73. Brady was the first White House press secretary for President Ronald Reagan, and he suffered a severe bullet wound to the head during the assassination attempt that also wounded Reagan outside a Washington hotel in 1981.

"My heart goes out to Sarah and the Brady family," Gov. Markell said. "This is a difficult loss, but those close to him can take solace in knowing the legacy he built through his advocacy work will have a lasting impact on our country and will surely inspire future generations."

Along with his wife, Brady went on to become the face and as much as possible the voice of the gun-control movement in the United States. A federal law requiring background checks for handgun buyers bears his name.
 
"I first met Jim in 1979, when we shared a small office while I was serving as an intern to Sen. William Roth in Washington, D.C. Jim was a wonderful person with a great sense of humor," said Gov. Markell.  "Later in life, I was honored to reconnect with Jim as he and Sarah made their home in Sussex County for many years.  Jim's grit and determination were always evident."

President Bill Clinton awarded Brady the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1996. In 2000, the press briefing room at the White House was renamed in his honor. 
 
Brady died at a retirement community in Alexandria, Virginia. Survivors include his wife; a son, Scott, and a daughter, Melissa.


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