Brendan Doherty (born March 14, 1959) is an American Republican Party politician who is currently the Republican nominee for Rhode Island's 1st congressional district.

Early Life and Police Career

The second of three sons, his father Edward Doherty was a dentist, whilst his mother Carol (née Flynn) was a nurse. His father was an avid Contract bridge player having risen to the rank of Life Master.[1]

Doherty studied at Bishop Feehan High School where he was the Team Captain of the school's Basketball team. However just as he was finishing high school, his father became very ill due to Diabetes mellitus and the families financial situation became very serious especially since his father could no longer run his dental practise and his mother had to continue working whilst simultaneously looking after her ailing husband. Though Doherty had accepted and been awarded a partial scholarship to attend Bryant University, he quickly realised that his family were not able to financially support him and so enrolled at Rhode Island College, financing his education by doing odd jobs.

At the age of 21, Doherty joined the ranks of the Rhode Island State Police as a uniform trooper. Doherty was promoted through the ranks to that of Captain before in November 2002 he was appointed as the Division's Executive Officer which is the second highest-ranking position in the state police. In August 2004 having served for 24 years Doherty retired with the rank of Major. Whilst serving in the police he gained a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology from Roger Williams University and later a Masters in Criminal Justice from Anna Maria College. During his law enforcement career he earned 24 Commendations for outstanding police work.[2]

After retiring from the police force, Doherty worked from 2004 through to 2007 as the Director of Public Safety at Roger Williams University. In April 2007[3] Doherty returned to the state police and was sworn in as the 11th Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police with responsibility for supervising the activities of 350 sworn and civilian personal with an $80 million dollar budget and in addition, overseeing the RI State Fire Marshal,[4] E 911, Capitol Police, Municipal Police Academy[5] and RI Grants Administration Office.[6] Doherty served from April 2007 till his retirement in April 2011.[7]


In March 2012 Doherty announced that he would be standing for the Republican nomination in order to challenge Democratic incumbent Rep. David Cicilline for Rhode Island's 1st congressional district. At first Doherty faced former State Rep. John J. Loughlin, Jr. for the nomination, however Loughlin later dropped out of the race,[8] leaving Doherty as the only Republican in the running for the seat. Even though the 1st district has a large Democratic tilt, Doherty has been constantly shown in polls to be leading Cicilline, often by double digits with one poll showing 49%-34% with 16% undecided.[9] Should he win he will be the first Republican Congressman since Ronald Machtley retired in 1995.


  • NAACP Community Service Award (2010)[10]
  • Cesar Chavez Award for Providence (2010)
  • Rhode Island Big Brothers Humanitarian Award (2009)[11]
  • American Red Cross Life Saving Award (1998)

Personal life

On September 10, 1983, Doherty married his sweetheart Michelle Lapierre and they have two chidren: Matthew, born in 1987 and Shelby, born in 1989.


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Political offices
Preceded by
Superintendent of Rhode Island State Police
2007 - 2011
Succeeded by
Steven G. O'Donnell
Political offices
Preceded by
New Office
Commissioner of Public Safety
2007 - 2011
Succeeded by
Steven G. O'Donnell
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