Ethics Explorer A Guide to the Financial Interests of Elected Officials

State Board of Education Member David Bradley (R)

Industry
Insurance, Real Estate
Education
University of Houston and Texas A&M University
Financial Statements

Sources of Income

  • Bradley is a self-employed real estate and insurance agent. He has two real estate-related companies: Theone Industries and Old Town Investors.

  • His wife, Barbara, is also employed in the real estate insurance industry. 

Property

  • Bradley owns a 25-acre property in Buna appraised at $138,956. 

  • Bradley owns four rental properties in Jefferson County appraised at $117,630, $85,250, $64,550 and $61,860. He also co-owns a fifth residential property in Beaumont valued at $96,440.

Analysis

  • Bradley’s brother is John “Marty” Bradley, the former district attorney for Williamson County. 

  • In 2012, the Texas Freedom Network, a liberal education watchdog, asked the Harris and Jefferson County district attorneys to investigate Bradley after he held two re-election fundraisers featuring David Barton, who heads a political advocacy group called WallBuilders and is the co-author of an American history textbook, Drive Thru History America. Some Texas schools use materials produced by WallBuilders, and Bradley’s opponents alleged that Barton’s presence at the fundraisers violated the state’s Education Code. No legal action was taken against Bradley.

  • In 2002, Bradley and two other SBOE members were indicted by a Travis County grand jury for violating the Texas Open Meetings Act after they met unofficially with three financial advisers during a period in which the board was hiring consultants for the multibillion-dollar Permanent School Fund. At the time, Bradley suggested that the charges were politically motivated. He told the Associated Press that “when the facts are told … I will be cleared of any misdeed.” The charge was ultimately dismissed after Bradley took a course on the Texas Open Meetings Act.