Scott Brown

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Scott Brown
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U.S. Senate, Massachusetts
Retired Senator
In office
February 4, 2010-2013
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedJanuary 19, 2010
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Massachusetts State Senate
Massachusetts House of Representatives
High schoolWakefield High School
Bachelor'sTufts University
J.D.Boston College Law School
Military service
Service/branchMassachusetts Army National Guard
Years of service1979-Present
Date of birthSeptember 12, 1959
Place of birthKittery, Maine
ReligionChristian Reformed Church in North America
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]


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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]


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


Brown served on the following Senate committees[5]:


Presidential preference


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]



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]


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]


See also: United States Senate elections in Massachusetts, 2012

Brown ran for re-election in 2012.[13] 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.[14][14] The article noted that Brown had campaigning success in Massachusetts, and despite mixed polls, Brown’s "blue-collar appeal"[14] might be enough against his opponent, Democrat Elizabeth Warren.[14]

On July 25, Politico reported that New Mayor Michael Bloomberg hosted a fundraiser for Brown at his Upper East Side townhouse. [15]

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"


Scott Brown vs. Elizabeth Warren
Poll Scott Brown Elizabeth WarrenNeitherDon't knowMargin of ErrorSample Size
UMass/Boston Herald (December 1-6, 2011)
Western NE College (October 17-23, 2011)
Public Policy Polling (March 16-18, 2012)
The MassInc Polling Group (July 19-22, 2012)
Public Policy Polling (August 16-19, 2012)
Rasmussen Reports (September 24, 2012)
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


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.[16]

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


In 2008, Brown won re-election to the Massachusetts State Senate. He defeated Sara Orozco (D) in the general election.[17]

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


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.[18]

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.[19]


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.[20]


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.[21]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by, 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.[22]

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.


According to the data released in 2013, Brown was ranked the 45th most conservative senator during 2012.[23]


According to the data released in 2012, Scott Brown was ranked the 45th most conservative senator during 2011.[24]

Recent news

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Brown lives in Wrentham, MA, with his wife, Gail. The couple has two daughters.[25]

External links


  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:// 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. Huffington Post "Scott Brown 2012 Campaign Officially Starts," January 19, 2012
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3 Center for Politics "Tilting the Toss Ups – the Eight Races That Will Decide the Senate" Accessed April 9, 2012
  15. Politico "Bloomberg to host fundraiser for Scott Brown" July 28, 2012
  16. Elections Division, State of Massachusetts "Special Election Results, January 19, 2010"
  17. Massachusetts Elections Division - 2008 General Election Results
  18. Open Secrets " 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed March 2013
  19. The Washington Post, "The most expensive Senate races ever — and where Kentucky might fit in," August 12, 2013
  20. Open Secrets "Scott Brown 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed October 29, 2011
  21. LegiStorm "Scott Brown"
  22., "Brown, (R-Massachusetts), 2010"
  23. National Journal, "TABLE: House Liberal Scores by Issue Area," February 26, 2013
  24. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  25. Official Website "Biography," Accessed October 29, 2011
Political offices
Preceded by
Paul G. Kirk
U.S. Senate - Massachusetts
Succeeded by
Elizabeth Warren (D)