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Scott Brown
Scott Brown.jpg
U.S. Senate, Massachusetts
Incumbent
In office
February 4, 2010-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2013
Years in position 4
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$174,000
Elections and appointments
Last electionJanuary 19, 2010
First electedJanuary 19, 2010
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
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
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Scott Brown campaign logo
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.

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Brown is a "centrist Republican".[1]

Brown is running for re-election in 2012. He will face Democrat Elizabeth Warren in the November 6, 2012, general election. Primary elections were held on September 6, 2012.[2]

Incumbent Brown was defeated by Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren on November 6th, 2012.[3]

Biography

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 serves on the following Senate committees[5]:

Issues

Political positions

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]

Elections

2014

Brown has been mentioned as a potential Republican candidate for Governor of Massachusetts in the 2014 election.[7]

2012

See also: United States Senate elections in Massachusetts, 2012

Brown ran for re-election in 2012.[8] He ran unopposed in the September 6 Republican primary. Brown faced 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 will decide the political fate of which party will end up with control in 2013.[9] 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 Montana, is the Senate seat in Massachusetts.[9] The article notes that Brown has had recent campaigning success in Massachusetts, and despite mixed polls, Brown’s "blue-collar appeal"[9] might be enough against his opponent, Democrat Elizabeth Warren.[9]

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. [10]

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.[11]

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.[12]

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

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2012 election season. Below are Brown's reports.[13]

Scott Brown (2012)[14] Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[15]March 31, 2012$12,892,256.90$3,369,239.51$(1,369,832.79)$14,891,663.62
July Quarterly[16]June 30, 2012$14,891,663.62$4,973,232.75$(4,301,246.14)$15,563,650.23
Pre-Primary[17]August 24, 2012$15,563,650.23$2,528,635.46$(3,898,452.00)$14,193,833.69
October Quarterly[18]October 15, 2012$14,193,833.69$4,952,920.67$(8,888,205.27)$10,258,549.09
Pre-General[19]October 25, 2012$10,258,549.09$1,804,304.36$(8,366,372.52)$3,696,480.93
Running totals
$17,628,332.75$(26,824,108.72)

Brown raised $7.45 million in the third quarter and has $10.2 million cash on hand.[20]

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.[21]

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 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.[22]

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 - 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.[23]

Recent news

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Personal

Brown lives in Wrentham, MA, with his wife, Gail. The couple has two daughters.[24]

External links


References

  1. Gov Track "Scott Brown," Accessed March 3, 2012
  2. iBerkshires "U.S. Senate Hopeful Warren Stumps in North Adams," Accessed February 18, 2012
  3. Politico "2012 Election Map, Massachusetts"
  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. Boston Globe, "Murray adds to the buzz over 2014 governor’s race," November 15, 2012
  8. Huffington Post "Scott Brown 2012 Campaign Officially Starts," January 19, 2012
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 Center for Politics "Tilting the Toss Ups – the Eight Races That Will Decide the Senate" Accessed April 9, 2012
  10. Politico "Bloomberg to host fundraiser for Scott Brown" July 28, 2012
  11. Elections Division, State of Massachusetts "Special Election Results, January 19, 2010"
  12. Massachusetts Elections Division - 2008 General Election Results
  13. Federal Election Commission "Scott Brown Summary Report," Accessed August 1, 2012
  14. Federal Election Commission "Scott Brown Summary Report," Accessed November 2, 2012
  15. Federal Election Commission "Scott Brown April Quarterly," Accessed August 1, 2012
  16. Federal Election Commission "Scott Brown July Quarterly," Accessed August 1, 2012
  17. Federal Election Commission "Scott Brown Pre-Primary," Accessed November 2, 2012
  18. Federal Election Commission "Scott Brown October Quarterly," Accessed November 2, 2012
  19. Federal Election Commission Scott Brown Pre-General," Accessed November 2, 2012
  20. Boston.com, "Elizabeth Warren raises $12.1 million, Scott Brown $7.45 million, in latest Senate campaign quarter," October 15, 2012
  21. Open Secrets "Scott Brown 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed October 29, 2011
  22. LegiStorm "Scott Brown"
  23. OpenSecrets.org, "Brown, (R-Massachusetts), 2010"
  24. Official Website "Biography," Accessed October 29, 2011
Political offices
Preceded by
Paul G. Kirk
U.S. Senate - Massachusetts
2010-Present
Succeeded by
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