Rep. Tim Brennan's Biography

Tim grew up waiting tables in his parents’ mom-and-pop restaurant. A first-generation college graduate, he never expected to become an attorney or an elected official.

That said, he has spent the last 30 years fighting for equality, fairness, government reform, and working families as a councilperson, as an attorney, and as a volunteer.

Tim developed a strong sense of justice and equality at a young age. He worked his first election in 1988, aged 10, after viewing a political advertisement that exploited racial division, which led him to the belief that we deserve a higher standard of character from our elected officials. He looked up to his older sister and volunteered for the Women in Crisis Center she directed. He was selected for two Congressional internships, working with now Governor Josh Shapiro.

In law school, Tim focused on legislation drafting and state constitutional law, and became certified in law and government. He fought for redistricting reform and drafted and lobbied for an amendment to the Pennsylvania Constitution to stop partisan gerrymandering. 

He also studied international law, focusing on the European Convention on Human Rights and the return of the rule of law to Eastern Europe. After law school, he began taking on insurance companies and fighting for injured workers — including women who were assaulted while at work.

When the eyes of the country were on Pennsylvania, he helped beat Donald Trump and Rudy Giuliani in court, pushing back against their attacks on facts and our democracy.

In his law practice, Tim represents injured workers as one of only about 200 Pennsylvania attorneys certified as specialists in workers’ compensation law. In addition, he has represented municipal governments in the Commonwealth for nearly two decades, and previously worked for the Pennsylvania Governor’s Office of General Counsel, representing the Department of Transportation.

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court appointed Tim as a Senior Hearing Panel Member for the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. He also provides pro bono representation to the LGBTQIA+ community, struggling homeowners, first responders, and historical groups.

Tim has served as an educator, a professor in one of our exceptional community colleges, and an instructor on animal law and right-to-know law for other attorneys.

While serving on the Doylestown Borough Council, Tim fought for our shared values.  After a hate group came to Central Bucks West High School, he worked with another council member on a response that led to Doylestown’s first Pride event. He has consistently voted to protect LGBTQIA+ rights, to maintain a more sustainable future for our environment, and to demand action on gun violence.

As a councilperson he also worked with leaders in Chalfont and New Britain to professionalize their police force, save taxpayer funds, and complete the most important project in the boroughs’ history: the Broad Street Project replaced a brownfield with green space, reused a 1930s public works building, and is a model of municipal cooperation among the boroughs.

Tim knows the issues residents of the 29th District care about, and has proven his ability to fight for change and make it happen -- he has been doing it his whole life.