Dan was born and raised in Bloomington, he is a graduate of St. Claire and Holy Trinity Elementary Schools and Central Catholic High School. Dan began his service in the funeral profession by working at the original Carmody Funeral Home in Bloomington while in junior high and continued his work through his high school years. Dan graduated with his Bachelor’s Degree from St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa and continued his work in funeral service. He also received his Associate’s Degree in applied sciences, upon graduating from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale in mortuary sciences.
Dan returned to Bloomington to begin working as a funeral director/embalmer for John Kibler and Max Smith at Kibler-Smith Memorial Home. In 1987 Dan opened his own funeral home, Brady Funeral Home and operated his firm until his election as McLean County Coroner in 1992. Dan served two terms as coroner and then was elected Illinois State Representative in 2000 where he continues to serve as Assistant House Republican Leader.
Dan has sponsored and passed legislation that is pro business, higher education, public safety and especially legislation dealing with the funeral and burial industry and Illinois Coroners and Medical Examiners Association.
Dan co-chaired the funeral, burial and pre-need task force, charged with the duty to regulate the funeral and cemetery and cremation industry in Illinois.
In 2011, Dan returned to active practice in funeral service when he joined as a partner in our firm of Kibler-Brady-Ruestman Memorial Home.
Dan is married to Teri and they have two children, daughter, Danielle and son, Tom. He has served on numerous boards and committees, and belongs to several service clubs and membership in fraternity associations. Dan and his family are members of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Bloomington.