Bud Brown (politician)

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Bud Brown
Bud Brown 97th Congress 1981.jpg
Bud Brown in 1981
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 7th district
In office
November 2, 1965 – January 3, 1983
Preceded by Clarence J. Brown
Succeeded by Mike DeWine
Personal details
Born Clarence J. Brown, Jr.
(1927-06-18) June 18, 1927 (age 89)
Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Joyce Helen Eldridge[1]
Children 4
Alma mater Duke University
Harvard Business School
Military service
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Navy
Battles/wars World War II
Korean War

Clarence J. "Bud" Brown, Jr. (born June 18, 1927) is a publisher and politician, a former Republican United States Representative from the 7th District of Ohio, serving from 1965 to 1983. Appointed by President Ronald Reagan, he also served as the United States Deputy Secretary of Commerce and Acting Secretary of Commerce, in total from 1983-1988.

Early life and education[edit]

Brown was born in Columbus, Ohio, the son of Ethel (McKinney) and United States Representative Clarence J. Brown. He attended the public schools in Blanchester, Ohio. He attended Stoddard Elementary, Gordon Junior High, and Western High School in Washington, D.C.. Brown graduated from Duke University in 1947 and Harvard Business School, with an M.A., in 1949.


Brown served in the United States Navy from 1944 to 1946 (V-12 Navy College Training Program) and again from 1950 to 1953 in the Korean War. Before entering the service, Brown had started working in the newspaper business for his father's family-owned Brown Publishing Company, from youth to 1953, and from 1957 to 2010. In the late 1950s and early 1960s, Brown and his family lived in Urbana, Ohio,[2] 90 miles north of Cincinnati, where the headquarters of the publishing company was based.

Brown served as president from 1965–1976, and later as chairman of the board. The company had interests in a wide network of newspapers across the country but, due to the rapidly changing business as a result of technology, it ceased operations in 2010 after 90 years.[3] He was a co-owner of the Franklin, Ohio Chronicle from 1953–59, and served as general manager of a radio station in Urbana in 1965.[citation needed]

Political career[edit]

Brown was first elected to the Eighty-ninth Congress, by special election, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of his father Clarence Brown. in 1965, and reelected to the eight succeeding Congresses (November 2, 1965 to January 3, 1983). He was not a candidate for reelection to the Ninety-eighth Congress in 1982, as he ran for Governor of Ohio that year. He lost to Richard Celeste.[citation needed]

He became involved in Republican Party politics, serving as a delegate to the Republican National Conventions in 1968, 1972, 1976, and 1984. In 1972, he was asked by President Nixon and Minority Leader Gerald Ford to pursue the chairmanship of the National Republican Congressional Committee, a position eventually won by future Minority Leader Robert Michel of Illinois.

Ronald Reagan appointed Brown as Deputy Secretary of Commerce and Acting Secretary of Commerce; he served from 1983 to 1988. He was a member of the board of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation from 1988 to 1989, and he was president and chief executive officer of the United States Capitol Historical Society from 1992 to 1999.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Brown is married to Joyce Helen (née Eldridge) Brown, a conductor, composer and classical pianist. They had four children: Beth (c. 1957-1964);[4] Clancy, an actor, Cathy, and Roy, who followed his father into newspaper publishing and politics.

Brown is not related to the film director of the same name.


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ Clancy Brown profile, FilmReference.com; accessed March 26, 2015.
  3. ^ "Brown Publishing files for bankruptcy", Business Record, 3 May 2010
  4. ^ "About Us", Beth Brown Foundation, accessed 15 February 2014


 This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website http://bioguide.congress.gov.