Charlie Brown

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Charlie Brown
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Indiana House of Representatives
District 3
Incumbent
In office
1982 - present
Term ends
November 5, 2014
Years in position 32
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$22,660.46/year
Per diem$152/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 1982
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sCheyney University, 1961
Master'sIndiana University Northwest, 1982
Personal
BirthdayMarch 8, 1938
ProfessionConsultant
ReligionNon Denominational
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Charlie Brown (b. March 8, 1938) is a Democratic member of the Indiana House of Representatives, representing District 3. He was first elected to the chamber in 1982.

Brown's professional experience includes working as a consultant, Chief Executive Officer with the Gary Community Mental Health Center, Director of City of Gary Youth Services, Director of the Youth Services Bureau, and Teacher with the Gary Community School Corporation.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Brown served on the following committees:

Indiana Committee Assignments, 2013
Insurance
Public Health
Select Committee on Government Reduction
Statutory Committee on Interstate and International Cooperation

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Brown served on these committees:

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Brown served on these committees:

Issues

Legislative walkout

Brown and 36 other Democratic representatives participated in a legislative walkout on Tuesday, February 22, 2011 in opposition to proposed legislation limiting union powers in Indiana. The Democratic departure left the House void of a quorum, leaving only 58 of the 67 Representatives needed to establish a quorum.[1] Terri Austin, Steven Stemler, and Vanessa Summers stayed behind to provide, if necessary, a motion and a seconding motion, which would enable them to stop any official business from proceeding should the Republicans try to do so.[1]

On March 7, House minority leader B. Patrick Bauer revealed the Democratic caucus' hideout to be the Comfort Suites in Urbana, Illinois.[2] According to the Indiana Constitution, Article 4, sections 11 and 14, the House may enforce fines and other methods to compel absent members to return. Beginning on March 7, the Democrats were subject to a fine of $250, to be withheld from future expense or salary payments, for each day they were not present in the statehouse.[3] Regarding their actual pay, House Speaker Brian Bosma announced that the 37 lawmakers were required to be physically present in the chambers to receive their per diem payment of $152/day.[2] This move came as a result of the approximated $40,000 in per diem payments automatically made to the legislators during their first seven days of absence. According to reports, the representatives promised to either return the money, or donate it to charity.[2]

March 22 marked the start of the fourth consecutive week of Democratic absenteeism, complete with an increased incentive to return. Governor Daniels and House Republicans upped the ante with daily fines increasing from $250/day to $350/day, effective Monday, March 21. Despite the increased penalties, Democratic resolve remained intact. House Minority Leader B. Patrick Bauer stated that Democrats "will remain steadfast" in their opposition to bills hurting wages and education in Indiana.[4] Rep. Winfield Moses, Jr. (D) called the increase "a poke in the eye," and promised that it would do nothing to break the impasse.[5]

The Democrats ended the standoff after 36 days, returning on March 28. The two sides agreed to compromise on a number of issues, including shelving the controversial "right-to-work" bill.[3] Although the Democrats returned with some of their wishes granted, their actions were not without consequence. Each absent member accrued a total of $3500 in fines given by Republicans.[3]

The Legislature ended up passing "right-to-work" legislation on February 1, 2012, becoming the 23rd state to do so. Gov. Mitch Daniels (R) immediately signed it into law.[6]


Elections

2012

See also: Indiana House of Representatives elections, 2012

Brown won re-election in the 2012 election for Indiana House of Representatives District 3. Brown defeated Tony Walker in the May 8 Democratic primary[7] and ran unopposed in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[8][9]

Indiana House of Representatives, District 3, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngCharlie Brown Incumbent 100% 19,291
Total Votes 19,291


Indiana House of Representatives, District 3 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngCharlie Brown Incumbent 57.3% 4,377
Tony Walker 42.7% 3,260
Total Votes 7,637

2010

See also: Indiana House of Representatives elections, 2010

Brown defeated Libertarian candidate John Schick by a margin of 11,890 to 2,733 in the November 2 general election. [10]

In the May 4 primary election, Brown defeated Bryan Bullock by a margin of 3,814 to 2,112.  [11]

Indiana House of Representatives, District 3 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Charlie Brown (D) 11,890
John Schick (L) 2,733

2008

On November 4, 2008, Democrat Charlie Brown won re-election to the Indiana House of Representatives District 3 receiving 21,571 votes. He ran unopposed.[12]

Indiana House of Representatives, District 3 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Charlie Brown (D) 21,571

2006

On November 7, 2006, Charlie Brown won re-election to the Indiana House of Representatives District 3.[13]

Indiana House of Representatives, District 3 (2006)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Charlie Brown (D) 10,505
Willie Brown (R) 3,895

Campaign donors

2012

Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.

2010

In 2010, Brown collected $76,450 in donations. The top contributors are as follows:[14]

Indiana House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Charlie Brown's campaign in 2010
Planned Parenthood Of Indiana$8,000
Indiana Trial Lawyers Association$3,500
Eli Lilly & Co$2,500
Indiana Hospital Association$2,500
Indiana State Medical Association$2,500
Total Raised in 2010 $76,450

2008

In 2008, Brown collected $95,455 in donations.[15]

Listed below are those that contributed most to his campaign.

Donor Amount
Indiana Hospital Association $6,000
Service Employees Local 880 $5,000
Eli Lilly & Co. $4,500
Indiana State Medical Association $4,500
Indiana Academy of Opthalmology $2,000
US Steel Corp $2,000
AT&T $2,000
Nursing Home Real Estate Group $2,000
Indiana Dental Association $2,000
Indiana Society of Anesthesiologists $2,000
American Federation of State County & Municipal Employees $2,000
Indiana State Chiropractic Association $2,000
Planned Parenthood of Indiana $1,850
Indiana Optometric Association $1,750
Citizens for Excellence in Government $1,500
Indiana Trial Lawyers Association $1,500
Hoosiers for Indiana $1,500
Michiana Behavioral Health CTR $1,200
Friends of Indiana Mental Health Centers $1,000
AHN Central Services LLC $1,000

2006

In 2006, Brown collected $66,244 in donations.[16]

Listed below are the top 5 contributors to his campaign.

Donor Amount
Indiana Hospital Association $4,000
Hoosiers for Indiana $3,000
Indiana State Medical Association $3,000
Indiana Radiological PAC $2,500
AT&T $2,500

Personal

Brown is a member of Brother's Keeper Board of Directors, Gary Mercy Foundation Board of Directors, Lake County Minority Health Coalition, Medical Center of Gary Board of Directors, charter Member of the National Council on Black Child Development, Incorporated, and member of the Indiana Black Legislative Caucus, and National Black Caucus of State Legislators.[17]

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