Brendan Doherty (born March 14, 1959) is a former Rhode Island State Police Superintendent and the 2012 Republican nominee for Rhode Island's 1st congressional district.
Early life 
The second of three sons, his father Edward Doherty was a dentist, and his mother Carol (Flynn) Doherty was a nurse. His father was an avid contract bridge player having risen to the rank of Life Master.
Doherty studied at Bishop Feehan High School in Attleboro, Mass., 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 and the family's financial situation became very serious since his father could no longer run his dental practice and his mother had to continue working while also caring for her ailing husband. Though Doherty had been awarded a partial scholarship to attend Bryant University, he quickly realized that his family were not able to financially support him and so enrolled at Rhode Island College, financing his education by working at various jobs.
Law enforcement career 
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. In November 2002, he was appointed the force's executive officer, which is the second highest-ranking position in the Rhode Island State Police. In August 2004, having served for 24 years, Doherty retired with the rank of major. While serving in the police he earned a bachelor of arts degree in criminology from Roger Williams University and later a master's degree in criminal justice from Anna Maria College. During his law enforcement career he earned 24 commendations for outstanding police work.
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 Doherty returned to the Rhode Island State Police and was sworn in as the 11th superintendent of the force, responsible for supervising the activities of 350 sworn and civilian personnel with an 80 million dollar budget and in addition, overseeing the Rhode Island State Fire Marshal, E 911, Capitol Police, Municipal Police Academy and RI Grants Administration Office. Doherty served from April 2007 until his retirement in April 2011.
2012 congressional campaign 
In March 2012, Doherty announced that he would be running 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, leaving Doherty as the only Republican in the running for the seat. Even though the 1st District has a large Democratic leaning, Doherty has been competitive in polls and had briefly lead Cicilline in early polling. Cicilline has a solid lead in current polling though the margin may narrow before election day. Should he win, Doherty would be the first Republican Congressman since Ronald Machtley retired in 1995.
Personal life 
On September 10, 1983, Doherty married his sweetheart Michelle Lapierre and they have two children: Matthew, born in 1987, and Shelby, born in 1989.AwardsNAACP Community Service Award (2010)Cesar Chavez Award for Providence (2010)Rhode Island Big Brothers Humanitarian Award (2009)American Red Cross Life Saving Award (1998)