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Brown, Corrine (1946- )

Corrine Brown at Press Conference With Other Florida Democrats to Protest Oil Drilling Off Florida Coast
Image Courtesy of Representative Corrine Brown's Office

Corrine Brown, now in her eighth term in office, is a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives. She represents Florida’s Third Congressional District which includes Jacksonville and the surrounding area.  Brown was born on November 11, 1946 in Jacksonville, Florida and grew up there. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Florida Agriculture and Mechanical University and an M.A. from the University of Florida in 1971. Before entering Congress, Brown owned a travel agency, taught at several Florida colleges, and worked as a counselor at Florida Community College (1977-1992).

In 1983 Brown was elected to the Florida State House of Representatives. She held this position until 1992, when she ran and was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.

Corrine Brown is a member of numerous committees and caucuses. She belongs to the Veteran’s Affairs Committee, the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, the Subcommittee on Aviation, the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, and is Chair of the Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials. She is also the Second Vice Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, and is a member of the Aerospace, Women’s Issues, Diabetes, Human Rights, Missing and Exploited Children, Native American, and Progressive Congressional Caucuses.

Brown is focused on economic development, directing her activities particularly towards bringing new jobs into the Third Congressional District. She obtained federal funding for a new courthouse in Jacksonville and obtained a 57% increase in federal transportation funding for the state of Florida – approximately $60 billion.  Brown focuses on improving health care for veterans as well as the National Veteran’s Cemetery System.

Brown has received awards from the National Parks and Conservation Association, the Sierra Club, the League of Conservation Voters and the Florida Public Interest Research Group for her environmental work, which includes preventing oil from being drilled off the coasts of Florida. She consistently votes in favor of improvements in public education and supports funding for increasing the number of teachers in Florida.  Brown also favors raising the minimum wage and helped to pass the Family Medical Leave Act.

Corrine Brown has one child, daughter Shantrel Brown, who works as a lawyer in Washington, D.C.

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