Boyd Brown

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

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Brown graduated from the University of South Carolina in 2007, with a degree in Political Science. While in college, Brown served as President of the University of South Carolina College Democrats and 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, at the time of this entry, is 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 Russell M. 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.

In his first session, Brown became known as a critic of Governor/Congressman Mark Sanford, sparring with the then-governor on a range of issues. This trend would continue with Governor Nikki Haley throughout Brown's second term, as Brown outflanked her on fiscal, ethics and restructuring issues.

Locally, Brown and State Senator Creighton Coleman took aim at their local school board to fix funding inequities in the school system. Passing legislation to correct problems, Brown and Coleman were challenged by local status quo proponents in the courts. Although their legislation was cleared by the United States Department of Justice Civil Rights Division, the legislation was ruled unconstitutional by the South Carolina Supreme Court due to their being a lack of a voting quorum on their local legislation the day it was passed. This legislation would cause both Brown and Coleman political heartburn, however they both ultimately survived their political opposition.

Controversy[edit]

On June 3, 2010, Boyd Brown was a guest on "Pub Politics", a live show broadcast from a bar in South Carolina. During this show, while Boyd Brown was a guest, State Senator Jake Knotts, called Republican Gubernatorial primary contender Nikki Haley a "fucking raghead". Sen. Knotts also stated that "[w]e've already got a raghead in the White House, we don't need another raghead in the governor's mansion".[1] At the time of the remark, Brown told CNN's Peter Hamby that he "felt like crawling under the table (when Knotts used the racial slur)" and that he "was taken aback and appalled" at the use of the offensive language.[2]

Nikki Haley has also been the subject of other political attacks, including allegations that she engaged in extramarital affairs. When interviewed by "The Post and Courier" in May 2010 (before the June incident) Boyd Brown remarked in reference to the affair accusations:

"Politics in South Carolina, everyone knows it's a bloodsport," Brown said. "Whether Folks' claims are true," he said, "We’ll see. If more facts come to light, I think it's the end of her campaign," Brown said. "Here's to hoping."[3]

During the controversy in Haley's first time surrounding the dredging of the Savannah River, Brown and Haley went rounds, culminating in a tense back-and-forth between the legislator and governor, where Haley ultimately called Brown the "Representative of Five Points," the restaurant/bar area in Columbia where Brown frequently visited. Being only 25 at the time, Brown called his new nickname a "badge of honor."

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. In spite of the Haley controversy, Brown defeated Marcharia in the primary battle and went on to win an uncontested election on June 22, 2010.[4]

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. Citing the need to finish law school, and wanting to start a successful career, Brown issued a press release announcing his departure from the South Carolina House of Representatives.

Election to Democratic National Committee[edit]

On May 12, 2012, Brown was elected to the Democratic National Committee by defeating former South Carolina Comptroller General Jim Lander and a host of others in a landslide on the first round of voting at the South Carolina Democratic Party State Convention. Brown serves a four year term, alongside former Democratic National Committee Chairman Donald Fowler and Brown's former legislative colleague, State Representative Gilda Cobb-Hunter. [5]

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