Charlie Brown (Indiana politician)

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Charlie Brown
Member of the Indiana House of Representatives
from the 3rd district
In office
1982 -
Personal details
Born (1938-03-08) March 8, 1938 (age 79)
Williston, South Carolina
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Angela
Residence Gary, Indiana
Alma mater Cheyney University, Indiana University
Occupation educator, youth and mental health administration
Religion non-denominational Christian

Charlie Brown (born March 8, 1938 in Williston, South Carolina) is an American politician who is a Democratic member of the Indiana House of Representatives. He has represented the 3rd District since 1982. Brown, who is African-American, is a member of the Indiana Black Legislative Caucus.


Brown grew up in Philadelphia and moved to Gary, Indiana, on completion of his undergraduate studies in education at Cheyney State Teachers' College in Cheyney, Pennsylvania.

He taught in the Gary Community School Corporation from 1961 to 1968. From 1968 to 1988, Brown was youth coordinator, Mayor's assistant on youth activities, director of the Youth Services Bureau, affirmative action officer and risk manager for the City of Gary. In 1988, he became the CEO of the Gary Community Mental Health Center, a position he held until 1993.

Brown is currently a consultant providing health and management services to entitites seeking to foster positive interaction between governmental bodies and the community.

In the legislature[edit]

First elected to the Indiana House of Representatives in 1982, Brown has been a chairman of the Indiana House Standing Committee on Public Health.

In 2007, Brown sponsored a bill enacting a new statewide effort to promote improved health care for Hoosiers. Known as the Indiana Checkup Plan, House Enrolled Act 1678 (Public Law 218-2007) provides expanded health insurance availability, improved prenatal care for expectant mothers and a bipartisan effort to encourage establishment of wellness programs among Indiana employers of all sizes. In 2010, Brown announced a partnership he initiated between the Gary Community Health Center and a medicaid dentist. "This is a first that is starting here in Gary, Ind., that we have a private sector entity joining with the public and producing a service that is sorely needed," Brown said. "This goes to show you that Gary can be first in something positive."[1]

Brown also serves on the National Conference of State Legislatures health committee[2] and is a member of the Indiana Black Legislative Caucus.[3]


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  2. ^ "NCSL Health Committee Roster". National Conference of State Legislatures. Archived from the original on March 29, 2008. Retrieved April 25, 2008. 
  3. ^ "IBLC Members". Indiana Black Legislative Caucus (IBLC). Retrieved April 25, 2008. 

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