Who is Anthony Brown?
- Anthony Brown announced last year that he will not seek reelection to the House in 2022
- Instead, he will run for Maryland attorney general
- He is the 14th Democratic member to say he will quit at the end of his current term
Born in 1961 in Huntington, New York, to immigrant parents, Brown is serving as the US representative for Maryland's 4th congressional district.
After completing graduation, Brown received a commission as a second lieutenant in the US Army. He served on active duty for five years. After completing his active duty service, Brown returned to graduate school, entering Harvard Law School in 1989 and earning his JD degree.
He attended Harvard Law School at the same time as Barack Obama, Artur Davis and Hill Harper.
A former member of Maryland’s General Assembly, Brown had considered running for attorney general in 2006, just after he returned from serving in Iraq in the Army. However, he accepted an offer from then-Baltimore Mayor Martin O’Malley (D) to run for lieutenant governor. He served two terms as the eighth lieutenant governor of Maryland, from 2007 to 2015.
In 2014, Brown ran unsuccessfully for governor, losing to Republican nominee Larry Hogan. He served two four-year terms in the Maryland House of Delegates, representing Prince George's County.
A retired colonel in the United States Army Reserve, Brown was the highest-ranking elected official in the nation to have served a tour of duty in Iraq.
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In October 2021, Brown announced that he will not seek reelection to the House in 2022 and instead run for Maryland attorney general.
He is the 14th Democratic member of Congress to say he will quit at the end of his current term, and the sixth to announce a run for a different office.
Brown married Patricia Arzuaga in 1993. The couple has two children, Rebecca and Jonathan – who was adopted. The two ended their marriage in 2009.
Brown married Karmen Walker on May 27, 2012. She is the widow of Prince George's County police officer Anthony Michael Walker.