Boyd Brown

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H. Boyd Brown (born October 27, 1986) is a former Democratic member of the South Carolina House of Representatives from Fairfield County, South Carolina.

Bio[edit]

Brown graduated from the University of South Carolina in 2007, with a degree in Political Science. While in college, Brown was a member of the Kappa Alpha Order. Brown attends Sion Presbyterian Church in Winnsboro.

Brown comes from a family of politicians. He was a third generation member of the South Carolina House of Representatives, and is the grandson of Walter B. Brown. His father David was one of the longest serving County Councilmen in the State of South Carolina, and served multiple terms as Chairman of Fairfield County Council. His uncle, Judge Walter Boyd "B" Brown, Jr. was a Family Court Judge until the time of his death, and his great-grandfather, Boyd Brown, was a member of the South Carolina House of Representatives from Fairfield County, and served as Chairman of the House Labor and Commerce Committee (now LCI). Brown's older brother Russ Brown currently serves on Town Council in Ridgeway, South Carolina.

2008 Election[edit]

In 2008, Brown defeated incumbent Fairfield County School Board member Annie McDaniel with 54% in the Democratic Primary, and cruised to election in November, defeating his Republican challenger Sean Schaeffner with 81% of the electorate. At the time of his election, he was the youngest elected state lawmaker in the United States.

2010 Re-election[edit]

Brown's seat was up for re-election in 2010. He defeated Democratic primary rival and Fairfield County Councilman Kamau Marcharia to win the Democratic nomination. No one else ran in the race. Brown defeated Marcharia in the primary battle and went on to win an uncontested election in November 2010.[1]

Retirement from S.C. House of Representatives[edit]

A week after delivering a critical response to Governor Haley's 2012 State of the State address on a local NBC affiliate, Brown surprised many by announcing that he would not seek a third term in the South Carolina General Assembly. Wanting to start a successful career in the private sector, Brown issued a press release announcing his departure from the South Carolina House of Representatives. In a farewell address in June 2012, Brown talked about the issues important to his generation. The speech garnered national attention, with The Washington Post referring to him as "The Voice of a Generation."


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