Scott Brown (politician)

Scott Brown
Ambassador Scott Brown.jpg
19th United States Ambassador to Samoa
In office
July 27, 2017 – December 20, 2020
PresidentDonald Trump
Preceded byMark Gilbert
Succeeded byKevin Covert (Acting)
19th United States Ambassador to New Zealand
In office
June 28, 2017 – December 20, 2020
PresidentDonald Trump
Preceded byMark Gilbert
Succeeded byKevin Covert (Acting)
United States Senator
from Massachusetts
In office
February 4, 2010 – January 3, 2013
Preceded byPaul G. Kirk
Succeeded byElizabeth Warren
Member of the Massachusetts Senate
from the Norfolk, Bristol & Middlesex district
In office
March 25, 2004 – February 4, 2010
Preceded byCheryl Jacques
Succeeded byRichard Ross
Member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives
from the 9th Norfolk district
In office
January 7, 1998 – March 25, 2004
Preceded byJo Ann Sprague
Succeeded byRichard Ross
Personal details
Scott Philip Brown

(1959-09-12) September 12, 1959 (age 61)
Kittery, Maine, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
(m. 1986)
Children2, including Ayla
EducationTufts University (BA)
Boston College (JD)
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service United States Army
Years of service1979–2014
RankUS-O6 insignia.svg Colonel
UnitJudge Advocate General's Corps
Army National Guard
AwardsArmy Commendation Medal ribbon.svg Army Commendation Medal
Meritorious Service Medal ribbon.svg Meritorious Service Medal

Scott Philip Brown (born September 12, 1959) is an American diplomat, attorney, and politician who served as the United States Ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa. He is a former United States Senator for Massachusetts (2010–2013), and also was the 2014 Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate in New Hampshire. Prior to his Senate tenure, Brown served as a member of the Massachusetts General Court, first in the State House of Representatives (1998–2004) and then in the State Senate (2004–2010).

In 2010, Brown faced Democratic candidate Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley in a special election which occurred after the 2009 death of longtime Senator Ted Kennedy. While initially trailing Coakley by a large margin, Brown saw a sudden late surge and posted a come-from-behind win to become the first Republican elected to the U.S. Senate from Massachusetts since Edward Brooke in 1972. Brown ran for a full Senate term in 2012, but lost to Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren. He subsequently joined the board of directors of Kadant paper company, joined Fox News as a commentator, and joined Nixon Peabody where he provided legal services.[1][2][3]

After re-establishing residence in New Hampshire, Brown then campaigned for the U.S. Senate from New Hampshire in the 2014 elections. Brown won the Republican nomination by a significant margin, but was defeated by incumbent Democrat Jeanne Shaheen in the general election.[4]

On April 20, 2017, it was reported that Brown had been nominated by President Donald Trump to be the next United States Ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa.[5][6][7] He was confirmed by the Senate as Ambassador to New Zealand on June 8, 2017[8] and arrived in New Zealand on June 25.[9] In December 2020, Brown became dean of New England Law Boston, a private law school located in downtown Boston.

  1. ^ Rizzuto, Robert; Schoenberg, Shira (February 6, 2013). "Scott Brown joins Kadant paper company board of directors". MassLive. Retrieved April 21, 2017.
  2. ^ Hinckley, David (February 13, 2013). "Scott Brown, former Massachusetts senator, joins Fox News". NY Daily News. Retrieved April 21, 2017.
  3. ^ Cite error: The named reference Bump 9 Sept 2014 was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  4. ^ Espo, David; Furlow, Robert (November 5, 2014). "Takeover: Republicans surge to control of Senate". USA Today. Associated Press.
  5. ^ Savransky, Rebecca (April 20, 2017). "Trump tapping Scott Brown to be New Zealand ambassador". The Hill. Retrieved April 21, 2017.
  6. ^ Kaster, Carolyn (April 20, 2017). "Trump chooses Scott Brown to be ambassador to New Zealand". CBS News. Associated Press. Retrieved April 21, 2017.
  7. ^ "Eight Nominations and One Withdrawal Sent to the Senate Today". April 25, 2017. Archived from the original on April 25, 2017. Retrieved April 25, 2017.
  8. ^ "Roll Call Vote PN141". United States Senate. June 8, 2017. Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  9. ^ "New US ambassador Scott Brown arrives in NZ starts ticking off bucket list". Stuff (Fairfax). June 25, 2017.