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January 19, 2010 / J. Shaw

RAW DATA: Scott Brown Biography

Republican Scott Brown, a Massachusetts state senator, is hoping for victory in Tuesday’s pivotal race to fill the Senate seat held by the late Sen. Edward Kennedy.  

Scott Brown (R)

AGE: 50; born Sept. 12, 1959

EDUCATION: B.A. from Tufts University, 1981, J.D. from Boston College Law School, 1985

CAREER: Wrentham selectman, 1995-1998; State Rep. 1999-2004; State Senate 2004-present. Serves on Joint Committee on Consumer Protection & Professional Licensure; Joint Committee on Education; Joint Committee on Election Laws; Joint Committee on Higher Education; Joint Committee on Public Safety; and Homeland Security Joint Committee on Veterans & Federal Affairs. Massachusetts Army National Guard, 1979-present, currently holds rank of Lieutenant Colonel.

FAMILY: Lives in Wrentham with his wife, Gail Huff. The couple has two daughters in college, Ayla and Arianna

Brown’s political career started in 1992 when he was elected assessor in Wrentham, the Massachusetts town where he and his family live. Three years later, he served as a selectman, and was elected to the state House of Representatives in 1998. In March 2004 he was elected tothe State Senate in a special election to fill the seat of Cheryl Jacques.

During six terms in the Legislature, three each in the House and Senate, Brown has a modest record of legislative initiatives, but he has carved out a niche as a leading advocate for veterans, colleagues on both sides of the aisle said.

As a legislator, he has served on the Veterans and Federal Affairs Committee, the Hidden Wounds of War Commission, and the Governor’s Task Force on Returning Veterans. He lists among his achievements his authorship of a 2007 law that created a check-off box on state income tax forms for veterans to indicate whether they served in Iraq or Afghanistan.



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