ABOUT U.S. SENATOR MICHAEL D. BROWN
I have served with distinction since first elected in 2006 with more than 84 percent of the vote. I have received awards from local activist groups and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) for my contribution to the DC statehood movement and Barack Obama called me “a strong advocate for the rights of DC residents.” THIS IS WHAT I'VE DONE:
CAPITOL HILL: I have worked on getting cosponsors for our statehood bills in both houses of Congress. I have spoken directly with more than two dozen members of Congress who have cosponsored our statehood legislation.
SENATE TESTIMONY: Along with Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.), Alice M. Rivlin, Ph.D., of The Brookings Institution, and Wade Henderson, former president of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights,
I testified on the “New Columbia Admission Act of 2013” (S.132) before the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs.
OPINION PIECES: My letters to the editor and opinion pieces on DC statehood have appeared more than 16 times in The Washington Post and in other national publications.
SHADOW POLITICS: My internet radio show on BBS Radio promotes DC statehood. The show has been on the air every Sunday for nearly five years and gets more than 416,000 internet hits per year.
STATEHOOD COMMISSION: I have served as one of the five members of the New Columbia Statehood Commission since 2015.
ADVISORY REFERENDUM: I helped get the DC statehood referendum – which was overwhelmingly approved by 86 percent of DC voters – on the ballot in November 2016.
NEW CONSTITUTION: I helped to author the Constitution of the State of Washington, DC, co-chaired six public meetings and voted to pass the new constitution as a Commission member.
EXTENSIVE DATABASE: My statehood activist and national media database contains more than 20,000 names.
SOCIAL MEDIA: I have an active presence on Facebook, Flickr, Instagram, LinkedIn, Reddit, Twitter and YouTube.
STATEHOOD YES WE CAN: I created a project to erect 8,000 signs across the District in preparation for Barack Obama’s first presidential inauguration.
STATEHOOD BILLBOARDS: When the Democrats left DC statehood out of their national platform in 2012, I designed and paid for two billboards that were erected outside the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, NC. DC statehood was in the platform at the next Democratic National Convention.
TEACH DEMOCRACY: I created the website TeachDemocracy.net to teach students, nationwide, about DC statehood and provide information to educators to use this issue as part of their civics curriculum.
ARRESTED AND TRIED: I was arrested near the Senate and went to trial standing up for DC statehood.
VISITED 14 STATES: At various conferences and events, I have given more than 50 speeches and appeared at more than 150 events across the country and abroad to talk about DC statehood.
DC STATEHOOD COALITION: Along with DC for Democracy President Jerry Clark and U.S. Rep. Nate Bennett Fleming, I helped to cofound the coalition that brings together roughly 10 local groups that focus on DC statehood.
NATIONAL COUNCIL FOR THE SOCIAL STUDIES: I have given presentations on DC statehood at NCSS meetings in Atlanta, Ga. and Washington, DC. I created two statehood workshops, and put forth a resolution in support of DC statehood, which social studies teachers across America unanimously passed.
SUPER-DELEGATE: I used my status as a super-delegate to the Democratic National Conventions to get presidential candidates Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton to agree to support DC statehood.
STATEHOOD NO OTHER WAY (NOW) FOUNDATION: I created StatehoodNOW.org to help fund my work on DC statehood.
For more than 38 years, I have made Washington, DC my home. I am a graduate of the University of Maryland, where I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Government and Politics and my Master’s Degree in Public Policy. I am the former administrative director of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a top nonprofit organization located in DC. For 25 years, I ran Horizon Communications, a national consulting firm and worked on five presidential campaigns. I am a former Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner. I have been happily married to my wife, Patricia, for 27 years. Pat and I have three adult children, who all attended DC Public Schools, and a very sweet shelter dog named Bubba.