|Former candidate for|
|U.S. Senate, New Hampshire|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 4, 2014|
|U.S. Senate, Massachusetts|
|Massachusetts State Senate|
|Massachusetts House of Representatives|
|High school||Wakefield High School|
|J.D.||Boston College Law School|
|Service/branch||Massachusetts Army National Guard|
|Years of service||1979-Present|
|Date of birth||September 12, 1959|
|Place of birth||Kittery, Maine|
|Religion||Christian Reformed Church in North America|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Career
- 3 Committee assignments
- 4 Issues
- 5 Elections
- 6 Campaign donors
- 7 Analysis
- 8 Personal
- 9 Recent news
- 10 See also
- 11 External links
- 12 References
He was a Republican member of the U.S. Senate from the state of Massachusetts. Brown was first elected to the Senate in 2010 and served until 2013. Brown ran for re-election in 2012 and lost to Democrat Elizabeth Warren in the general election on November 6, 2012.
Brown was born in 1959 in Kittery, Maine, and attended public high school in Wakefield, Massachusetts. He earned his B.A. from Tufts University in 1981 and his J.D. from Boston College Law School in 1985. Brown has also worked as an attorney.
Below is an abbreviated outline of Brown's political career:
- Massachusetts State House of Representatives, 1999-2004
- Massachusetts State Senate, 2004-2010
- U.S. Senate, 2010-2013
Brown served on the following Senate committees:
- Armed Services Committee
- Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee
- Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee
- Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee
- Veterans' Affairs Committee
Brown voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. The bill was passed in the Senate by an 89 - 8 vote on January 1, 2013.
Lobbying position after leaving office
Brown was listed in March 2013 by USA Today as 1 of 16 former lawmakers who took on a lobbying related position after leaving office. Sixteen of the 98 total lawmakers who have retired or were ousted by voters since January 2011 hold lobbying-related jobs. USA Today looked at lawmakers who retired, resigned or lost their seats in the last Congress — along with the handful who left their posts during the first months of the new Congress.
Despite rules in place to prevent the constant rotation of lawmakers into lobbying positions, many former lawmakers are entering into positions with either lobbying firms or trade associations. Former House members are barred from lobbying their former colleagues for a year, and former senators are barred for two years.
There are no restrictions, however, on providing behind-the-scenes advice to corporations and others seeking to shape federal legislation. Ex-lawmakers can immediately lobby the executive branch and officials in state and local governments. Many former lawmakers are taking advantage of this slight distinction, and are taking positions after their political careers end as consultants and strategists.
In light of his lobbying and potential run for Senate, the New Hampshire Democratic Party began calling on Brown to release his client list at the Nixon Peabody law firm, even going so far as to start an online petition. According to Harrell Kirstein, the New Hampshire Democratic Party communications director, "Shadow lobbyist Scott Brown is so desperate to get back to Washington to represent Wall Street, big banks, and big oil that he doesn’t care what state he runs from. But we don’t know just whose bidding he has been doing since he decided to cash in." Kirstein added, "Before Scott Brown once again slinks across the border trying to pass himself off as a Granite Stater, he should come clean by disclosing a list of the clients he has been advising immediately." Although Brown was not a registered lobbyist, it was speculated that he had been using his clients to raise money for his PAC.
Fox News op-ed
Brown wrote an op-ed published on Foxnews.com in December 2013. His op-ed addressed the effects of the federal health care law on New Hampshire. Brown moved to New Hampshire from Massachusetts, which he formerly represented in the United States Senate. Brown was defeated in 2012 by Democrat Elizabeth Warren. Speculation was rampant that Brown would be seeking election in 2014 and his increasing political presence in New Hampshire hinted at a future run for office. Speculation proved to be correct, and Brown announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate in New Hampshire, where he faced off against incumbent Democrat Jeanne Shaheen. In his op-ed, he took a veiled shot at Shaheen saying, "Obamacare became the law of the land because every single Democratic senator fell in line with their party bosses and voted for it. For any sitting member of the Senate to somehow now suggest that they are fighting to protect their constituents from this 'trainwreck' is completely hypocritical."
Increasing the debt limit
In a speech to the Nashua Republican City Committee on May 8, 2014, Brown attacked Democratic incumbent Jeanne Shaheen for voting for "every debt ceiling increase." However, his remarks caused some unintended consequences, and the media began going after Brown for being hypocritical, saying that Brown also voted to raise the debt limit on multiple occasions.
Global Digital Solutions Inc.
In September 2013, Scott Brown agreed to join the advisory board of a company in Florida called Global Digital Solutions Inc. (GDSI). During its lifespan, GDSI had gone from a beauty supply company in New Jersey, to a wireless data firm in California, to a firearms manufacturer in Florida. However, there was skepticism as to whether the company had any real product or customers at all. The activity on its website included a list of officers and board members along with a few press releases, but no specifics as to what the company planned to actually produce. As a reward for joining the advisory board, Brown received "1.5 million shares of company stock, worth about $1.3 million when they were granted, or about $690,000 at today’s prices." After various media groups began questioning Brown about the company, Brown cut ties with GDSI on June 4, 2014. He no longer appeared on their website, and according to The Washington Post, he probably did not make any money in the deal.
Brown on job creation
While speaking to a group of voters at a town hall on September 3, 2014, Brown made a comment that quickly became the subject of various news and opinion articles. Brown explained that when asked what he would do to create jobs, he would respond, "I am not going to create one job, it is not my job to create jobs. It’s yours. My job is to make sure that government stays out of your way so that you can actually grow and expand." Shortly after Brown's comment made the news, reporters dug up a Fox News video of Scott Brown from 2011, in which he appeared to contradict his more recent opinion on job creation. In the video, Brown stated, "I've been working each and every day to try to create jobs in Massachusetts."
Having moved to New Hampshire from Massachusetts less than three months before announcing his candidacy, Brown was accused of being a "carpetbagger." In a news release on June 11, 2014, Brown referred to President Barack Obama being "in town" when he was actually in Worcester, Massachusetts. Some took this comment to imply that Brown still did not view New Hampshire as his primary home, although Brown's spokeswoman insisted that he was referring to New England as a whole.
Brown later received more negative media attention for a similar comment that he made in a July interview for Boston Herald radio. During a discussion on the border crisis, Brown was accused of stating, "And that’s a big difference between Senator Shaheen and me and many other people in the Massachusetts delegation." Later reports, however, said that Brown had actually said "your Massachusetts delegation," rather than "the Massachusetts delegation," because he was talking with an interviewer from Boston.
"Phony from New Hampshire"
Chris Sununu, an executive councilor for New Hampshire and a supporter of Scott Brown, introduced Brown before one of his speeches in September 2014. However, some listeners took Sununu's introduction to be a backhanded criticism of Brown rather than a compliment. Sununu told a story about a man who wanted to meet Brown: "Someone came up and said, 'Hey, you know, I'd love to meet Scott.' ... He said, 'I always thought Scott was kind of a phony from Massachusetts.' And I said, you gotta sit down with him, because -- he sat down, they had their little conversation, he walked away. You know what he said? He goes, 'That guy was -- he's not a -- he's a phony from New Hampshire that just happened to live in Massachusetts for a little while. He's more New Hampshire than most people we have in New Hampshire.' "
Out-of-state voters comment
In a radio interview from August 2014, Brown made a comment that prompted criticism from the media, although his spokesperson asserted, "He was clearly joking." When the host asked a question from an out-of-state listener, Brown replied, "Well they can come over and do same-day registration and say they want to come down and vote. So if they feel compelled to do so, come on down."
During an August 2013 interview with the Boston Herald, Brown disclosed that he was considering a run for president. He stated:
- "I want to get an indication of whether there’s even an interest, in Massachusetts and throughout the country, if there’s room for a bipartisan problem solver."
Brown lost to incumbent Jeanne Shaheen in the 2014 election for the U.S. Senate, representing New Hampshire. Brown won the Republican nomination in the primary on September 9, 2014. The general election took place November 4, 2014.
|U.S. Senate, New Hampshire General Election, 2014|
|Democratic||Jeanne Shaheen Incumbent||51.5%||251,184|
|Source: New Hampshire Secretary of State|
|U.S. Senate, New Hampshire Republican Primary, 2014|
|Source: New Hampshire Secretary of State - Official Election Results|
Before announcing his candidacy for the U.S. Senate, Brown sold his house in Massachusetts and formed a PAC in New Hampshire. In a November 2013 interview with Fox News, he explained they sold their house because it was too big and they wanted to downsize. He downplayed his new PAC explaining, "By law, everybody knows that you need to form a PAC in order to give $1 to anybody. That’s the law. That’s the way it is...With regard to my political future, listen, there’s a role for me. This isn’t about me, it’s about ... letting people know who we are as a party and how we can move forward with a positive message to convince people how to vote for us.”
Brown spoke at the New Hampshire GOP holiday party in December 2013, fueling rumors he was still contemplating a run in New Hampshire in 2014. Prior to his speaking engagement, he gave the New Hampshire GOP money from his PAC.
On January 7, 2014, a Democratic super PAC-- Senate Majority PAC-- launched an attack ad claiming that Brown was a friend of Wall Street and he was "shopping for a Senate seat in New Hampshire." The group spent $160,000 to air the ad over a 10 day span. New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chair Jennifer Horn argued the ad demonstrated that incumbent Rep. Jeanne Shaheen was "nervous" about her 2014 re-election bid.
Brown was considering a run for Governor of Massachusetts in the 2014 election, but announced August 21, 2013, that he would not enter the race. Brown announced via Facebook that he was "fortunate to have private sector opportunities that I find fulfilling and exhilarating. These new opportunities have allowed me to grow personally and professionally. I want to continue with that process.”
Brown received the following endorsements:
- On January 7, 2014, the Senate Majority PAC, a Democratic super PAC, launched an attack ad claiming that Brown was a friend of Wall Street and that "he's shopping for a Senate seat in New Hampshire." The group spent $160,000 to air the ad over a 10 day span. New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chair Jennifer Horn argued that the ad demonstrated that incumbent Rep. Jeanne Shaheen was "nervous" about her 2014 re-election bid.
- Brown released his first campaign ad in April 2014.
- Brown released another campaign ad in May 2014.
- The Senate Majority PAC released an ad in May 2014 attacking Brown for lobbying against an energy efficiency bill and for running immediately after moving to the district.
- NextGen Climate Action released an ad in August 2014 accusing Brown of being "a politician from big oil."
The University of Virginia's Center for Politics published an article called Sabato's Crystal Ball on March 22, 2012, detailing the eight races in the Senate in 2012 that would decide the political fate of which party will end up with control in 2013. The article noted that Brown had campaigning success in Massachusetts, and despite mixed polls, Brown’s "blue-collar appeal" could have been enough against his opponent, Democrat Elizabeth Warren.
|U.S. Senate, Massachusetts General Election, 2012|
|Republican||Scott Brown Incumbent||45.8%||1,458,048|
|Source: Massachusetts Secretary of State "Return of Votes"|
|Scott Brown vs. Elizabeth Warren|
|Poll||Scott Brown||Elizabeth Warren||Neither||Don't know||Margin of Error||Sample Size|
|UMass/Boston Herald (December 1-6, 2011)||42%||49%||3%||6%||+/-5.3||505|
|Western NE College (October 17-23, 2011)||47%||42%||1%||10%||+/-4.5||475|
|Public Policy Polling (March 16-18, 2012)||46%||46%||0%||8%||+/-3.3||902|
|The MassInc Polling Group (July 19-22, 2012)||38%||40%||1%||16%||+/-4.4||503|
|Public Policy Polling (August 16-19, 2012)||49%||44%||0%||8%||+/-2.9||1,115|
|Rasmussen Reports (September 24, 2012)||48%||48%||1%||3%||+/-4.5||500|
|Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to|
|Massachusetts State Senate District 25 General Election, 2008|
|Republican||Scott Brown Incumbent||58.5%||49,795|
|Scott Brown (2014) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|April Quarterly||April 15, 2014||$0.00||$274,728.63||$(0.00)||$274,728.63|
|July Quarterly||July 15, 2014||$274,728.63||$2,348,662.29||$(1,129,856.36)||$1,493,534.56|
|Pre-Primary||August 28, 2014||$1,493,534.56||$1,063,318.51||$(1,363,543.33)||$1,193,309.74|
|October Quarterly||October 23, 2014||$1,193,309.74||$2,591,582.23||$(2,441,126.64)||$1,343,765.43|
|Pre-General||October 23, 2014||$1,343,765.43||$1,084,552.82||$(1,401,249.02)||$1,027,069.23|
|United States Senate, 2012 - Scott Brown Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by Election Winner||$42,506,349|
|Total Spent by Election Winner||$42,211,677|
|Top contributors to Scott Brown's campaign committee|
|State Street Corp||$104,900|
|Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance||$99,448|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|Securities & Investment||$3,205,712|
Brown won election to the U.S. Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Brown's campaign committee raised a total of $18,272,033 and spent $11,085,821.
|U.S. Senate, Massachusetts, 2010 - Scott Brown Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by General Election Opponent||$9,614,673|
|Total Spent by General Election Opponent||$9,281,311|
|Top contributors to Scott Brown's campaign committee|
|Liberty Mutual Insurance||$36,050|
|Affiliated Managers Group||$20,800|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|Securities & Investment||$743,347|
Congressional staff salaries
The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Brown paid his congressional staff a total of $2,554,189 in 2011. He ranks 15th on the list of the highest paid Republican senatorial staff salaries and ranks 51st overall of the lowest paid senatorial staff salaries in 2011. Overall, Massachusetts ranks 12th in average salary for senatorial staff. The average U.S. Senate congressional staff was paid $2,529,141.70 in fiscal year 2011.
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Brown's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $835,106 and $2,250,082. That averages to $1,542,594, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican senators in 2010 of $7,054,258.
Each year, National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted, as compared to other members, in the previous year. More information about the analysis process can be found on the vote ratings page.
According to the data released in 2013, Brown ranked 45th most conservative senator during 2012.
According to the data released in 2012, Scott Brown ranked 45th most conservative senator during 2011.
Brown's younger sister, LeeAnn Riley, appeared in a campaign ad saying that the two siblings and their mother had been physically abused as children, and that Brown had protected Riley and their mother from physical harm.
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- Politico, "2014 New Hampshire Senate Election Results," accessed November 5, 2014
- Associated Press, "New Hampshire - 2014 Primary Results," accessed September 9, 2014
- WSBT, "Scott Brown moves closer to Senate run in N.H.," accessed March 17, 2014
- iBerkshires, "U.S. Senate Hopeful Warren Stumps in North Adams," accessed February 18, 2012
- Politico, "2012 Election Map, Massachusetts"
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- U.S. Senate Official Website, "Committee Assignments," accessed October 29, 2011
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- Politico, "Democrats want Scott Brown to release client list," accessed December 11, 2013
- Washington Post, "Scott Brown leans in to New Hampshire Senate run," accessed December 3, 2013
- Huffington Post, "Scott Brown Accuses Jeanne Shaheen Of Something He Did, Too," accessed May 13, 2014
- The Boston Globe, "Scott Brown got big stake in obscure Florida firm," accessed June 9, 2014
- The Washington Post, "Scott Brown’s tenure as adviser to mysterious company worked out poorly for everyone," accessed June 9, 2014
- Talking Points Memo, "Scott Brown: It's Not My Job To Create Jobs," accessed September 4, 2014
- MSNBC, "Scott Brown: ‘I am not going to create one job’," accessed September 4, 2014
- YouTube, "Scott Brown On Being An Independent Fighter For Jobs," accessed September 9, 2014
- Washington Examiner, "Scott Brown in New Hampshire: Carpetbagger or Comeback Kid?," accessed June 30, 2014
- The Washington Post, "Which town is Brown’s town?," accessed June 30, 2014
- The Washington Post, "Brown, repeat to yourself three times ‘New Hampshire, New Hampshire, New Hampshire’," accessed July 17, 2014
- The Washington Post, "Brown campaign: Massachusetts gaffe was not a gaffe," accessed July 17, 2014
- The Washington Post, "Scott Brown just got the worst introduction ever," accessed September 11, 2014
- Boston.com, "Scott Brown Says Out-of-State Voters Should Come to N.H. Anyway to Vote for Him," accessed September 4, 2014
- Politico, "Scott Brown on 2016 run: 'I am curious,'" August 19, 2013
- USA Today, "Ex-senator Scott Brown thinks about comeback in N.H.," accessed April 5, 2013
- Politico, "Brown on political future: There's a role for me," accessed November 4, 2013
- Roll Call, "Ayotte: Scott Brown Would Be ‘Very Strong Candidate’ for Senate in N.H.," accessed November 11, 2013
- Roll Call, "Scott Brown to Headline New Hampshire GOP Event," accessed December 3, 2013
- The Washington Post, "Senate Majority PAC launches ad hitting Scott Brown" January 8, 2014
- Boston Globe, "Murray adds to the buzz over 2014 governor’s race," November 15, 2012
- Boston Globe, Scott Brown will not run for governor in 2014, August 21, 2013
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- Fox News Politics, "Rand Paul endorses Scott Brown in NH Senate race," accessed September 15, 2014
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- YouTube, "Scott Brown: Listening And Learning," accessed May 8, 2014
- YouTube, "Scott Brown: For New Hampshire," accessed May 28, 2014
- Roll Call, "Senate Majority PAC Ad Hits Brown on Energy Bill," accessed May 28, 2014
- YouTube, " 'Tap' - New Hampshire," accessed August 25, 2014
- Huffington Post, "Scott Brown 2012 Campaign Officially Starts," January 19, 2012
- Center for Politics, "Tilting the Toss Ups – the Eight Races That Will Decide the Senate" accessed April 9, 2012
- Politico, "Bloomberg to host fundraiser for Scott Brown" July 28, 2012
- Elections Division, State of Massachusetts, "Special Election Results, January 19, 2010"
- Massachusetts Elections Division - 2008 General Election Results
- Federal Election Commission, "Scott Brown Summary Report," accessed April 30, 2014
- Federal Election Commission, "Scott Brown April Quarterly," accessed April 30, 2014
- Federal Election Commission, "Scott Brown July Quarterly," accessed November 4, 2014
- Federal Election Commission, "Scott Brown Pre-Primary," accessed November 4, 2014
- Federal Election Commission, "Scott Brown October Quarterly," accessed November 4, 2014
- Federal Election Commission, "Scott Brown Pre-General," accessed November 4, 2014
- Open Secrets, " 2012 Election Cycle," accessed March 2013
- The Washington Post, "The most expensive Senate races ever — and where Kentucky might fit in," August 12, 2013
- Open Secrets, "Scott Brown 2010 Election Cycle," accessed October 29, 2011
- LegiStorm, "Scott Brown"
- OpenSecrets, "Brown, (R-Massachusetts), 2010"
- National Journal, "TABLE: House Liberal Scores by Issue Area," February 26, 2013
- National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012
- Official Website, "Biography," accessed October 29, 2011
- The Washington Post, "Scott Brown’s sister talks of childhood abuse in new ad that aims to show personal side," accessed June 30, 2014
Paul G. Kirk
|U.S. Senate - Massachusetts
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Elizabeth Warren (D)