Anthony Gregory Brown is a Democratic Party politician from the State of Maryland; he is the eighth and current Lieutenant Governor of Maryland and is currently running for Governor of Maryland. Brown was elected as Lieutenant Governor in 2006 on a ticket with Governor Martin O'Malley. Both were reelected in 2010. Brown previously served two terms in the Maryland House of Delegates, representing Prince George's County. Brown is currently aColonel in the United States Army Reserve, having served in the U.S. Army for nearly thirty years. Brown is one of the two highest-ranking elected officials in the nation to have served a tour of duty in Iraq.[
Brown was born on November 21, 1961 in Huntington, New York to immigrant parents. His father Roy H. Brown, a physician, came to the United States from Kingston, Jamaica to attend Fordham University and later received his medical degree in Zurich,Switzerland, where he met his future wife, Lilly I. Brown. The couple raised Anthony, his sister and three brothers in New York.
Anthony attended public school on Long Island, graduating from Huntington High School in 1979. In his senior year, Brown became the first African American ever elected president of Huntington High School. After high school, Brown spent the summer at the United States Military Academy at West Point before switching to Harvard College, where he majored in Government and resided in Quincy House. At Harvard, Brown served on the Student Advisory Committee at the Kennedy School of Government's Institute of Politics. Since Harvard did not offer ROTC at the time, in his second year, Brown enrolled in the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps program at MIT and earned a two-year scholarship. In 1984, Brown graduated with an A.B. cum laude, and as a Distinguished Military Graduate.
Upon graduation, Brown received a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army. He graduated first in his flight class at Fort Rucker, Alabama. During his time on active duty, Brown served as a helicopter pilot with the 4th Combat Aviation Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division in Europe. During that period of active duty, Brown held positions as platoon leader for a target acquisition, reconnaissance and surveillance platoon, executive officer of a general support aviation company, a battalion logistics officer, and the flight operations officer for Task Force 23.[
After completing his active duty service, Brown continued his military service as a Judge Advocate General (JAG) in the United States Army Reserve. His assignments included Commander of the 153rd Legal Support Organization in Norristown, Pennsylvania, where, in addition to supporting deploying service members and their families with legal services, he mobilized eighteen soldiers to Fort Hood, Texas in support of the III Corps' Operation New Dawn mission to Iraq. Prior to his tenure with the 153rd LSO, Brown was the Staff Judge Advocate for the 353rd Civil Affairs Command headquartered atFort Wadsworth, New York. Brown began his service as a JAG with the 10th LSO in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, where he held numerous assignments, including in the areas of international law and claims law. Currently, Brown is a Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve.
In 2004, Brown, a member of the Maryland House of Delegates, was deployed to Iraq as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Brown served in Baghdad, Fallujah, Kirkuk, and Basra with the 353rd Civil Affairs Command as Senior Consultant to the Iraqi Ministry of Displacement and Migration. Brown received the Bronze Star for his distinguished service in Iraq.
Maryland Lieutenant Governor Anthony G. Brown has dedicated his life to public service. Now in his second term as Lieutenant Governor, Anthony has transformed what was once a largely undefined and ceremonial position into one of substance, making great strides for Maryland’s working families. Working in partnership with Governor Martin O’Malley, Anthony has delivered results for Marylanders that have improved our health, strengthened our schools, created jobs, and helped our State weather the most significant economic crisis in generations.
Anthony leads the O’Malley Brown Administration’s work to improve health care throughout Maryland, having helped expand health coverage to over 375,000 Marylanders, half of whom are children, and spearheading efforts to implement President Obama’s health care reform law. He believes all Marylanders – regardless of race, ethnicity or location – should be able to live healthy, productive lives; and has launched the innovative Health Enterprise Zones program to eliminate disparities in health outcomes among Maryland’s racial groups and geographic areas.
As chairman of the Governor’s Subcabinet on the military base realignment and closure process (BRAC), Anthony successfully led efforts to prepare Maryland for the arrival of 60,000 BRAC-related jobs. He has worked hard to improve benefits and services for Maryland’s veterans. And Anthony has made it a priority to create Maryland jobs and save taxpayer dollars by increasing private investment in public infrastructure projects, such as roads, schools and bridges.
At every opportunity, whether speaking to members of the faith community or a group of community activists, Brown champions the two issues closest to his heart – protecting victims of domestic violence by providing them with better access to services and greater protection under the law; and encouraging and recruiting families to become foster or adoptive parents.
Prior to serving as Lt. Governor, Anthony represented Prince George’s County for two terms in the Maryland House of Delegates, rising quickly to the position of Majority Whip. A graduate of Harvard University and Harvard Law School, Anthony is the proud father of Rebecca (18), Jonathan (12), and stepson Anthony Walker (13). He and his wife Karmen reside in Prince George’s County.