Biography of Anthony G. Brown
Maryland Lieutenant Governor Anthony G. Brown has dedicated his life to public service. He understands that in these difficult times, Maryland needs leaders who are willing to stand up, sacrifice their own self-interest, and do the right thing in order to serve our communities. A retired colonel in the United States Army Reserves, Anthony is one of the nation’s highest-ranking elected officials to have served a tour of duty in Iraq.
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 391,000 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 (19), Jonathan (14), and stepson Anthony Walker (14). He and his wife Karmen reside in Prince George's County.
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