Who Is Scott Brown?

Tuesday, 19 Jan 2010 11:32 AM

By Dan Weil

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Massachusetts state Sen. Scott Brown has a long history of public service. The 50-year-old native of Wakefield, Mass., began his political career in 1992 and has served in the National Guard for 30 years.

His political views aren’t easily pigeonholed. Brown calls himself “fiscally conservative and socially conscious.” He says he would be an independent thinker – and voter – on Capitol Hill. Brown also says he always has been an underdog.

Here are some personal and professional highlights:
  • Born Sept. 12, 1959. His father was a city councilor in Newburyport, Mass. Brown, a high school basketball star, graduated from Tufts University and then Boston College law school.
  • First election victory was in 1992 for assessor in Wrentham Mass. Was elected to Wrentham Board of Selectmen in 1995, to the state House of Representatives in 1998 and to the state Senate in 2004.
  • Joined National Guard at the age of 19 and has served in Kazakhstan and Paraguay. Received the Army Commendation Medal for meritorious service in homeland security after 9/11.
  • Opposes Democrats’ healthcare bills, but supports Massachusetts' healthcare plan of 2006.
  • Supports President Barack Obama’s plan to send 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan.
  • Believes suspected terrorists should be tried by military tribunals, not by civilian courts.
  • Opposes Obama’s proposed tax on banks.
  • Has nuanced views on abortion. Brown accepts Roe v. Wade as “the law of the land,” but opposes partial-birth abortions and believes in parental consent and a strong parental notification law.
  • Opposes gay marriage, but supports civil unions.
  • Married to TV reporter Gail Huff with two daughters. Ayla Brown was a star basketball player at Boston College and a semifinalist on “American Idol.” Arianna Brown is a pre-med student at Syracuse University.
  • Won several awards in triathlons.

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