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|Profile picture = Scott_Brown.jpg
 
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|Position = U.S. Senate, Massachusetts
 
|Position = U.S. Senate, Massachusetts
|Status = Incumbent
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|Status = Retired Senator
|Tenure = February 4, 2010-Present
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|Tenure = February 4, 2010-2013
|Term ends = January 3, 2013
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|Assumed office = 2010
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|Political party = Republican |Party dot = {{reddot|size=10px}}
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|Base salary = $174,000
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|Last election = January 19, 2010
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|Last election = [[United States Senate elections in Massachusetts, 2012|November 6, 2012]]
 
|Appointed =
 
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|First elected = January 19, 2010
 
|First elected = January 19, 2010
 
|Term limits =
 
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|Next election = [[United States Senate elections in Massachusetts, 2012|November 6, 2012]]
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|Prior office = Massachusetts State Senate
 
|Prior office = Massachusetts State Senate
 
|Prior office years = 2004-2010
 
|Prior office years = 2004-2010
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|Office website =http://scottbrown.senate.gov/public/
 
|Office website =http://scottbrown.senate.gov/public/
 
|Campaign website =http://www.scottbrown.com/
 
|Campaign website =http://www.scottbrown.com/
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}}{{tnr}}'''Scott Philip Brown''' (b. September 12, 1959) is a [[Republican]] member of the [[U.S. Senate]] from the state of [[Massachusetts]]. Brown was first elected to the Senate in 2010.
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}}{{tnr}}'''Scott Philip Brown''' (b. September 12, 1959) was a [[Republican]] member of the [[United States Senate|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 November 6, 2012, general election.<ref>[http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/election2010?bid=1516 ''iBerkshires'' "U.S. Senate Hopeful Warren Stumps in North Adams," Accessed February 18, 2012]</ref><ref>[http://www.politico.com/2012-election/map/#/Senate/2012/ ''Politico'' "2012 Election Map, Massachusetts"]</ref>
  
 
Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by ''GovTrack'', Brown is a "[[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking|centrist Republican]]".<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/person.xpd?id=412384 ''Gov Track'' "Scott Brown," Accessed March 3, 2012]</ref>  
 
Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by ''GovTrack'', Brown is a "[[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking|centrist Republican]]".<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/person.xpd?id=412384 ''Gov Track'' "Scott Brown," Accessed March 3, 2012]</ref>  
 
Brown is running for re-election in 2012. [[Marisa DeFranco]], [[Eno Mondesir]], and [[Elizabeth Warren]] are seeking the Democratic nomination. Primary elections will be held on September 6, 2012.<ref>[http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/election2010?bid=1516 ''iBerkshires'' "U.S. Senate Hopeful Warren Stumps in North Adams," Accessed February 18, 2012]</ref>
 
  
 
==Biography==
 
==Biography==
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{{Retired candidate submit info}}
 
Brown was born in 1959 in Kittery, ME, and attended public high school in Wakefield, MA. 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.<ref name="bioguide">[http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=B001268 ''Biographical Guide to Members of Congress'' "Scott Brown," Accessed October 29, 2011]</ref>
 
Brown was born in 1959 in Kittery, ME, and attended public high school in Wakefield, MA. 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.<ref name="bioguide">[http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=B001268 ''Biographical Guide to Members of Congress'' "Scott Brown," Accessed October 29, 2011]</ref>
  
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===U.S. Senate===
 
===U.S. Senate===
 
====2011-2012====
 
====2011-2012====
Brown serves on the following Senate committees<ref>[http://www.senate.gov/general/committee_assignments/assignments.htm ''U.S. Senate Official Website'' "Committee Assignments," Accessed October 29, 2011]</ref>:
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Brown served on the following Senate committees<ref>[http://www.senate.gov/general/committee_assignments/assignments.htm ''U.S. Senate Official Website'' "Committee Assignments," Accessed October 29, 2011]</ref>:
 
*[[United States Senate Committee on Armed Services|Armed Services Committee]]
 
*[[United States Senate Committee on Armed Services|Armed Services Committee]]
 
*[[United States Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs|Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee]]
 
*[[United States Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs|Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee]]
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==Issues==
 
==Issues==
===Political positions===
 
  
 
===Presidential preference===
 
===Presidential preference===
 
{{presendorsetest|2012|Mitt Romney}}<ref>[http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/173757-2012-lawmaker-endorsements-for-president ''The Hill,'' "2012 GOP Lawmaker Endorsements for President," retrieved November 23, 2011]</ref>
 
{{presendorsetest|2012|Mitt Romney}}<ref>[http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/173757-2012-lawmaker-endorsements-for-president ''The Hill,'' "2012 GOP Lawmaker Endorsements for President," retrieved November 23, 2011]</ref>
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===Fiscal Cliff===
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{{Support vote}}
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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 a 89 - 8 vote on January 1, 2013.<ref>[http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=112&session=2&vote=00251 ''U.S. Senate'' "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.]</ref>
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===Lobbying position after leaving office===
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{{Ex lawmakers lobbying positions|Name=Brown}}
  
 
==Elections==
 
==Elections==
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===2016===
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During an August 2013 interview with the ''Boston Herald'', Brown disclosed that he was considering a run for president. He stated:
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::"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."<ref>[http://www.politico.com/story/2013/08/scott-brown-2016-election-95662.html ''Politico'', "Scott Brown on 2016 run: 'I am curious,'" August 19, 2013]</ref>
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===2014===
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:: ''See also: [[Massachusetts gubernatorial election, 2014]]''
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Brown was considering a run for [[Governor of Massachusetts]] in the 2014 election, but announced August 21, 2013 that he will not be entering the race.<ref>[ttp://www.bostonglobe.com/news/politics/2012/11/15/lieutenant-governor-timothy-murray-says-wants-governor-but-still-not-candidate/s9XU06gMdqqoJ71XL6Si2I/story.html ''Boston Globe,'' "Murray adds to the buzz over 2014 governor’s race," November 15, 2012]</ref> Brown announced via his Facebook that he has 'been 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.”<ref>[http://www.boston.com/politicalintelligence/2013/08/21/scott-brown-will-not-run-for-governor/gzyFi3tTRGrMSZ27UjoWvL/story.html ''Boston Globe,'' Scott Brown will not run for governor in 2014, August 21, 2013]</ref>
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Brown is still considering a run for Senate in New Hampshire, where he owns a summer home and his family resides.  He has not formally announced any plans.<ref>[http://www.usatoday.com/story/onpolitics/2013/04/05/scott-brown-senate-new-hampshire-shaheen/2056011/ ''USA Today'' "Ex-senator Scott Brown thinks about comeback in N.H.", Accessed April 5, 2013]</ref>  Brown skirted the issue 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."  Brown added, "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.”<ref>[http://www.politico.com/blogs/politico-live/2013/11/brown-on-political-future-theres-a-role-for-me-176571.html?hp=l18 ''Politico'', "Brown on political future: There's a role for me", accessed November 4, 2013]</ref>
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[[Kelly Ayotte]], a New Hampshire Senator said, "I served with Sen. Brown, I have a lot of respect for him.  It’s up to him whether he’s going to run. But absolutely he’d be a very strong candidate."<ref>[http://atr.rollcall.com/ayotte-scott-brown-would-be-very-strong-candidate-for-senate-in-n-h/ ''Roll Call'', "Ayotte: Scott Brown Would Be ‘Very Strong Candidate’ for Senate in N.H.", accessed November 11, 2013]</ref>
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===2012===
 
===2012===
 
::''See also: [[United States Senate elections in Massachusetts, 2012]]''
 
::''See also: [[United States Senate elections in Massachusetts, 2012]]''
Brown is running for re-election in 2012.<ref>[http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/19/scott-brown-2012-campaign_0_n_1216941.html ''Huffington Post'' "Scott Brown 2012 Campaign Officially Starts," January 19, 2012]</ref> [[Elizabeth Warren]] is seeking the Democratic nomination. Primary elections will be held on September 18, 2012.
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Brown ran for re-election in 2012.<ref>[http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/19/scott-brown-2012-campaign_0_n_1216941.html ''Huffington Post'' "Scott Brown 2012 Campaign Officially Starts," January 19, 2012]</ref> He ran unopposed in the September 6 Republican primary. Brown lost to [[Elizabeth Warren]] (D) in the November 6, 2012 general election.  
  
The University of Virginia's Center for Politics published an article called [http://www.centerforpolitics.org/crystalball/articles/tilting-the-toss-ups-the-eight-races-that-will-decide-the-senate/ Sabato's Crystal Ball] on March 22, 2012 detailing the 8 races in the [[U.S. Senate|Senate]] in 2012 that will decide the political fate of which party will end up with control in 2013.<ref name="sabato">[http://www.centerforpolitics.org/crystalball/articles/tilting-the-toss-ups-the-eight-races-that-will-decide-the-senate/ ''Center for Politics'' "Tilting the Toss Ups – the Eight Races That Will Decide the Senate" Accessed April 9, 2012]</ref> The seat rated a a toss-up that the Sabato's Crystal Ball believes is second most likely to end up [[Republican]], second only to [[United States Senate elections in Montana, 2012|Montana]], is the Senate seat in Massachusetts.<ref name="sabato"/> The article notes that Brown has had recent campaigning success in [[Massachusetts]], and despite mixed polls, Brown’s "blue-collar appeal"<ref name="sabato"/> might be enough against his opponent, [[Democrat]] [[Elizabeth Warren]].<ref name="sabato"/>
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The University of Virginia's Center for Politics published an article called [http://www.centerforpolitics.org/crystalball/articles/tilting-the-toss-ups-the-eight-races-that-will-decide-the-senate/ Sabato's Crystal Ball] on March 22, 2012 detailing the 8 races in the [[U.S. Senate|Senate]] in 2012 that would decide the political fate of which party will end up with control in 2013.<ref name="sabato">[http://www.centerforpolitics.org/crystalball/articles/tilting-the-toss-ups-the-eight-races-that-will-decide-the-senate/ ''Center for Politics'' "Tilting the Toss Ups – the Eight Races That Will Decide the Senate" Accessed April 9, 2012]</ref><ref name="sabato"/> The article noted that Brown had campaigning success in [[Massachusetts]], and despite mixed polls, Brown’s "blue-collar appeal"<ref name="sabato"/> might be enough against his opponent, [[Democrat]] [[Elizabeth Warren]].<ref name="sabato"/>
  
On July 25, Politico reported that New Mayor Michael Bloomberg will be hosting a fundraiser for Brown at his Upper East Side townhouse on August 15. <ref>[http://www.politico.com/blogs/burns-haberman/2012/07/bloomberg-to-host-fundraiser-for-scott-brown-130149.html ''Politico'' "Bloomberg to host fundraiser for Scott Brown" July 28, 2012]</ref>
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On July 25, Politico reported that New Mayor Michael Bloomberg hosted a fundraiser for Brown at his Upper East Side townhouse. <ref>[http://www.politico.com/blogs/burns-haberman/2012/07/bloomberg-to-host-fundraiser-for-scott-brown-130149.html ''Politico'' "Bloomberg to host fundraiser for Scott Brown" July 28, 2012]</ref>
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====Polls====
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{{Poll
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|Title=Scott Brown vs. Elizabeth Warren
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|Poll1=[http://www.uml.edu/docs/UML%20MA%20RV%20Dec%202011%20FINALTopline%281%29_tcm18-39517.pdf UMass/Boston Herald (December 1-6, 2011)]
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|Poll2=[http://www1.wne.edu/assets/112/Polling_-_Mass_Senate_%28Oct_2011%29_TABLES.pdf Western NE College (October 17-23, 2011)]
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|Poll3=[http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/pdf/2011/PPP_Release_MA_062612.pdf Public Policy Polling (March 16-18, 2012)]
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|Poll4=[http://031d482.netsolhost.com/WordPress/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/Topline-07-12-Q3-Omnibus.pdf The MassInc Polling Group (July 19-22, 2012)]
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|Poll5=[http://www.bostonherald.com/news/politics/view.bg?articleid=1061154839&srvc=rss Public Policy Polling (August 16-19, 2012)]
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|Poll6=[http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/elections/election_2012/election_2012_senate_elections/massachusetts/election_2012_massachusetts_senate Rasmussen Reports (September 24, 2012)]
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|Response1=[[Scott Brown]]
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|Response2=[[Elizabeth Warren]]
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|Response3=Neither
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|Response4=Don't know
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|Numberpolled1=505
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|Numberpolled2=475
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|Numberpolled3=902
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|Numberpolled4=503
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|Numberpolled5=1115
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|Numberpolled6=500
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|Margin of error1 = 5.3
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|Margin of error2 = 4.5
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|Margin of error3 = 3.3
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|Margin of error4 = 4.4
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|Margin of error5 = 2.9
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|Margin of error6 = 4.5
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|Response1Poll1% = 42
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|Response2Poll1% = 49
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|Response3Poll1% = 3
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|Response4Poll1% = 6
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|Response1Poll2% = 47
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|Response2Poll2% = 42
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|Response3Poll2% = 1
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|Response4Poll2% = 10
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|Response1Poll3% = 46
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|Response2Poll3% = 46
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|Response3Poll3% = 0
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|Response4Poll3% = 8
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|Response1Poll4% = 38
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|Response2Poll4% = 40
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|Response3Poll4% = 1
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|Response4Poll4% = 16
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|Response1Poll5% = 49
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|Response2Poll5% = 44
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|Response3Poll5% = 0
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|Response4Poll5% = 8
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|Response1Poll6% = 48
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|Response2Poll6% = 48
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|Response3Poll6% = 1
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|Response4Poll6% = 3
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===2010===
 
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==Campaign donors==
 
==Campaign donors==
 
===2012===
 
===2012===
Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the [[Federal Election Commission]] during the [[United States Congress elections, 2012|2012 elections season]]. Below are Brown's reports.<ref>[http://query.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/cancomsrs/?_12+S0MA00109 ''Federal Election Commission'' "Scott Brown Summary Report," Accessed August 1, 2012]</ref>
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[[File:Scott_Brown-2012_donor_breakdown.png|thumb|right|375px|Above is a breakdown of funds for the 2012 election, according to source.]]
{{Campaign finance reports
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Brown lost the [[United States Senate|U.S. Senate]] election in 2012. During that election cycle, Brown's campaign committee raised a total of $28,159,602 and spent  $35,058,354.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/races/summary.php?cycle=2012&id=MAS1 ''Open Secrets'' " 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed March 2013]</ref>
|Name = Scott Brown (2012)
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{{Congress donor box 2012
|Political Party = Republican
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|winner = N
|Report 1 = April Quarterly<ref>[http://images.nictusa.com/pdf/001/12020480001/12020480001.pdf#navpanes=0 ''Federal Election Commission'' "Scott Brown April Quarterly," Accessed August 1, 2012]</ref>
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|Chamber = United States Senate
|Date 1 = March 31, 2012
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|party = Republican
|Beginning Balance 1 = 12892256.90
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|total raised = $28,159,602
|Total Contributions 1 = 3369239.51
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|total spent =$35,058,354
|Expenditures 1= 1369832.79
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|opponent raised = $42,506,349
|Cash on Hand 1 = 14891663.62
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|opponent spent = $42,211,677
|Report 2 = July Quarterly<ref>[http://images.nictusa.com/pdf/001/12020500001/12020500001.pdf#navpanes=0 ''Federal Election Commission'' "Scott Brown July Quarterly," Accessed August 1, 2012]</ref>
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|org1 = FMR Corp
|Date 2 = June 30, 2012
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|org2 = EMC Corp
|Beginning Balance 2 = 14891663.62
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|org3 = Goldman Sachs
|Total Contributions 2 = 4973232.75
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|org4 = State Street Corp
|Expenditures 2= 4301246.14
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|org5 = Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance
|Cash on Hand 2 = 15563650.23
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|orgdonor1 = $281,475
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|orgdonor2 = $169,400
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|orgdonor3 = $116,650
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|orgdonor4 = $104,900
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|orgdonor5 = $99,448
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|ind1 = Retired
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|ind2 = Securities & Investment
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|ind3 = Lawyers/Law Firms
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|ind4 = Real Estate
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|ind5 = Insurance
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|inddonor1 = $3,377,243
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|inddonor2 = $3,205,712
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|inddonor3 = $1,267,107
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|inddonor4 = $1,130,815
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|inddonor5 = $871,954
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|}}
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According to an August 2013 ''Politico'' report, the race between Brown and [[Elizabeth Warren]] was the most expensive Senate race ever. Over $82 million total was spent during the cycle.<ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2013/08/12/the-most-expensive-senate-races-ever-and-where-kentucky-might-fit-in/?wprss=rss_politics&clsrd ''The Washington Post'', "The most expensive Senate races ever — and where Kentucky might fit in," August 12, 2013]</ref>
  
 
===2010===
 
===2010===
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==Analysis==
 
==Analysis==
===Congressional Staff Salaries===
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===Congressional staff salaries===
 
::''See also: [[Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
 
::''See also: [[Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
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 he 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.<ref>[http://www.legistorm.com/member/2613/Sen_Scott_Brown.html LegiStorm "Scott Brown"]</ref>
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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 [[United States Senate|U.S. Senate]] congressional staff was paid $2,529,141.70 in fiscal year 2011.<ref>[http://www.legistorm.com/member/2613/Sen_Scott_Brown.html LegiStorm "Scott Brown"]</ref>
  
 
===Net worth===
 
===Net worth===
 
:: ''See also: [[Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
 
:: ''See also: [[Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
  
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics'', 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.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00031174&year=2010 ''OpenSecrets.org'', "Brown, (R-Massachusetts), 2010"]</ref>
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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.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00031174&year=2010 ''OpenSecrets.org'', "Brown, (R-Massachusetts), 2010"]</ref>
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===Political Analysis===
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====[[National Journal vote ratings]]====
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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.
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According to the data released in 2013, Brown was ranked the 45th most conservative senator during 2012.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/2012-vote-ratings/table-house-liberal-scores-by-issue-area-20130221 ''National Journal,'' "TABLE: House Liberal Scores by Issue Area," February 26, 2013]</ref>
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=====2011=====
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According to the data released in 2012, Scott Brown was ranked the 45th most conservative senator during 2011.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/voteratings2011/searchable-vote-ratings-tables-house-20120223 ''National Journal,'' "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012]</ref>
  
 
==Recent news==
 
==Recent news==
 
This section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the term '''Scott + Brown + Massachusetts + Senate'''
 
This section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the term '''Scott + Brown + Massachusetts + Senate'''
  
:''All stories may not be relevant to this official due to the nature of the search engine.''
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:''All stories may not be relevant to this page due to the nature of the search engine.''
  
 
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==External links==
 
==External links==
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==References==
 
==References==
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Scott Brown
Scott Brown.jpg
U.S. Senate, Massachusetts
Retired Senator
In office
February 4, 2010-2013
PartyRepublican
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedJanuary 19, 2010
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Massachusetts State Senate
2004-2010
Massachusetts House of Representatives
1999-2004
Education
High schoolWakefield High School
Bachelor'sTufts University
J.D.Boston College Law School
Military service
Service/branchMassachusetts Army National Guard
Years of service1979-Present
Personal
BirthdaySeptember 12, 1959
Place of birthKittery, Maine
ProfessionAttorney
ReligionChristian Reformed Church in North America
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Scott Philip Brown (b. September 12, 1959) 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 November 6, 2012, general election.[1][2]

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Brown is a "centrist Republican".[3]

Biography

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Brown was born in 1959 in Kittery, ME, and attended public high school in Wakefield, MA. 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.[4]

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Brown's political career[4]:

  • Massachusetts State House of Representatives, 1999-2004
  • Massachusetts State Senate, 2004-2010
  • U.S. Senate, 2010-Present

Committee assignments

U.S. Senate

2011-2012

Brown served on the following Senate committees[5]:

Issues

Presidential preference

2012

See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Scott Brown endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [6]

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" 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 a 89 - 8 vote on January 1, 2013.[7]

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.[8] Sixteen of the 98 total lawmakers who have retired or were ousted by voters since January 2011 hold lobbying-related jobs.[8] 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.[8]

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.[8] Former House members are barred from lobbying their former colleagues for a year, and former senators, are barred for two years.[8]

There are no restrictions, however, on providing behind-the-scenes advice to corporations and others seeking to shape federal legislation.[8] Ex-lawmakers can immediately lobby the executive branch and officials in state and local governments.[8] Many former lawmakers are taking advantage of this slight distinction, and are taking positions after their political careers end as consultants and strategists.[8]


Elections

2016

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."[9]

2014

See also: Massachusetts gubernatorial election, 2014

Brown was considering a run for Governor of Massachusetts in the 2014 election, but announced August 21, 2013 that he will not be entering the race.[10] Brown announced via his Facebook that he has 'been 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.”[11]

Brown is still considering a run for Senate in New Hampshire, where he owns a summer home and his family resides. He has not formally announced any plans.[12] Brown skirted the issue 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." Brown added, "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.”[13]

Kelly Ayotte, a New Hampshire Senator said, "I served with Sen. Brown, I have a lot of respect for him. It’s up to him whether he’s going to run. But absolutely he’d be a very strong candidate."[14]

2012

See also: United States Senate elections in Massachusetts, 2012

Brown ran for re-election in 2012.[15] He ran unopposed in the September 6 Republican primary. Brown lost to Elizabeth Warren (D) in the November 6, 2012 general election.

The University of Virginia's Center for Politics published an article called Sabato's Crystal Ball on March 22, 2012 detailing the 8 races in the Senate in 2012 that would decide the political fate of which party will end up with control in 2013.[16][16] The article noted that Brown had campaigning success in Massachusetts, and despite mixed polls, Brown’s "blue-collar appeal"[16] might be enough against his opponent, Democrat Elizabeth Warren.[16]

On July 25, Politico reported that New Mayor Michael Bloomberg hosted a fundraiser for Brown at his Upper East Side townhouse. [17]

U.S. Senate, Massachusetts General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngElizabeth Warren 53.3% 1,696,346
     Republican Scott Brown Incumbent 45.8% 1,458,048
     N/A All Others 0.1% 2,159
     N/A Blank Votes 0.9% 27,643
Total Votes 3,184,196
Source: Massachusetts Secretary of State "Return of Votes"

Polls

Scott Brown vs. Elizabeth Warren
Poll Scott Brown Elizabeth WarrenNeitherDon't knowMargin of ErrorSample Size
UMass/Boston Herald (December 1-6, 2011)
42%49%3%6%+/-5.3505
Western NE College (October 17-23, 2011)
47%42%1%10%+/-4.5475
Public Policy Polling (March 16-18, 2012)
46%46%0%8%+/-3.3902
The MassInc Polling Group (July 19-22, 2012)
38%40%1%16%+/-4.4503
Public Policy Polling (August 16-19, 2012)
49%44%0%8%+/-2.91,115
Rasmussen Reports (September 24, 2012)
48%48%1%3%+/-4.5500
AVERAGES 45% 44.83% 1% 8.5% +/-4.15 666.67
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 editor@ballotpedia.org

2010

On January 19, 2010, Brown won election to the United States Senate. He defeated Martha Coakley (D) and Joseph L. Kennedy (L) in the special election.[18]

U.S. Senate Special Election, Massachusetts, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngScott Brown 51.9% 1,168,178
     Democratic Martha Coakley 47.1% 1,060,861
     Libertarian Joseph L. Kennedy 1% 22,388
     Independent Write-In 0.1% 1,155
Total Votes 2,252,582

2008

In 2008, Brown won re-election to the Massachusetts State Senate. He defeated Sara Orozco (D) in the general election.[19]

Massachusetts State Senate District 25 General Election, 2008
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngScott Brown Incumbent 58.5% 49,795
     Democratic Sara Orozco 41.5% 35,289
Total Votes 85,084

Campaign donors

2012

Above is a breakdown of funds for the 2012 election, according to source.

Brown lost the U.S. Senate election in 2012. During that election cycle, Brown's campaign committee raised a total of $28,159,602 and spent $35,058,354.[20]

According to an August 2013 Politico report, the race between Brown and Elizabeth Warren was the most expensive Senate race ever. Over $82 million total was spent during the cycle.[21]

2010

Breakdown of the source of Brown's campaign funds before the 2010 special election.

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.[22]

U.S. Senate, Massachusetts, 2010 - Scott Brown Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $18,272,033
Total Spent $11,085,821
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
FMR Corp$84,150
Liberty Mutual Insurance$36,050
General Electric$26,250
Brait Builders$21,600
Affiliated Managers Group$20,800
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Retired$980,354
Securities & Investment$743,347
Lawyers/Law Firms$422,598
Health Professionals$395,910
Real Estate$368,896

Analysis

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

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.[23]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

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.[24]

Political Analysis

National Journal vote ratings

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.

2012

According to the data released in 2013, Brown was ranked the 45th most conservative senator during 2012.[25]

2011

According to the data released in 2012, Scott Brown was ranked the 45th most conservative senator during 2011.[26]

Recent news

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Personal

Brown lives in Wrentham, MA, with his wife, Gail. The couple has two daughters.[27]

External links


References

  1. iBerkshires "U.S. Senate Hopeful Warren Stumps in North Adams," Accessed February 18, 2012
  2. Politico "2012 Election Map, Massachusetts"
  3. Gov Track "Scott Brown," Accessed March 3, 2012
  4. 4.0 4.1 Biographical Guide to Members of Congress "Scott Brown," Accessed October 29, 2011
  5. U.S. Senate Official Website "Committee Assignments," Accessed October 29, 2011
  6. The Hill, "2012 GOP Lawmaker Endorsements for President," retrieved November 23, 2011
  7. U.S. Senate "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 8.6 8.7 USA Today "Former lawmakers lobbying jobs" accessed March 27, 2013
  9. Politico, "Scott Brown on 2016 run: 'I am curious,'" August 19, 2013
  10. [ttp://www.bostonglobe.com/news/politics/2012/11/15/lieutenant-governor-timothy-murray-says-wants-governor-but-still-not-candidate/s9XU06gMdqqoJ71XL6Si2I/story.html Boston Globe, "Murray adds to the buzz over 2014 governor’s race," November 15, 2012]
  11. Boston Globe, Scott Brown will not run for governor in 2014, August 21, 2013
  12. USA Today "Ex-senator Scott Brown thinks about comeback in N.H.", Accessed April 5, 2013
  13. Politico, "Brown on political future: There's a role for me", accessed November 4, 2013
  14. Roll Call, "Ayotte: Scott Brown Would Be ‘Very Strong Candidate’ for Senate in N.H.", accessed November 11, 2013
  15. Huffington Post "Scott Brown 2012 Campaign Officially Starts," January 19, 2012
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 16.3 Center for Politics "Tilting the Toss Ups – the Eight Races That Will Decide the Senate" Accessed April 9, 2012
  17. Politico "Bloomberg to host fundraiser for Scott Brown" July 28, 2012
  18. Elections Division, State of Massachusetts "Special Election Results, January 19, 2010"
  19. Massachusetts Elections Division - 2008 General Election Results
  20. Open Secrets " 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed March 2013
  21. The Washington Post, "The most expensive Senate races ever — and where Kentucky might fit in," August 12, 2013
  22. Open Secrets "Scott Brown 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed October 29, 2011
  23. LegiStorm "Scott Brown"
  24. OpenSecrets.org, "Brown, (R-Massachusetts), 2010"
  25. National Journal, "TABLE: House Liberal Scores by Issue Area," February 26, 2013
  26. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  27. Official Website "Biography," Accessed October 29, 2011
Political offices
Preceded by
Paul G. Kirk
U.S. Senate - Massachusetts
2010-2013
Succeeded by
Elizabeth Warren (D)