John Young Brown III

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John Young Brown III
73rd Secretary of State of Kentucky
In office
January 1, 1996[1] – January 4, 2004[1]
Governor Paul Patton, Ernie Fletcher[1]
Preceded by Bob Babbage[2]
Succeeded by Trey Grayson[3]
Personal details
Born (1963-06-02) June 2, 1963 (age 54)[1]
Louisville, Kentucky[1]
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Rebecca Jackson[1]
Children 2[1]
Parents John Y. Brown Jr.
Relatives John Y. Brown Sr. (grandfather)
Pamela Brown (half-sister)
Residence Louisville, Kentucky[1]
Alma mater Bellarmine College, University of Kentucky College of Law[1]
Profession Lawyer, politician

John Young Brown III (born June 2, 1963)[1] is a Kentucky politician.[4] Brown served as Secretary of State of Kentucky from 1996 to 2004.[1] In 2007, Brown ran unsuccessfully for the Democratic nomination for Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky as the running mate of gubernatorial candidate Jody Richards, the Speaker of the Kentucky House of Representatives.


Brown was born in Louisville, Kentucky.[1] He is the son of John Y. Brown, Jr.,[1] a former Governor of Kentucky and KFC magnate, and he is the grandson of former state legislator and United States Congressman John Y. Brown, Sr.. Brown is also the half-brother of television reporter Pamela Ashley Brown.

He received a B.A. degree (magna cum laude) and an M.B.A. from Bellarmine College. He earned his law degree from the University of Kentucky College of Law.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "John Y. Brown III official biography". Archived from the original on May 18, 2015. Retrieved August 5, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-11-04. Retrieved 2011-05-11. 
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-12-01. Retrieved 2011-05-11. 
  4. ^ "Brown Family of KY". Archived from the original on 2010-02-03. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Bob Babbage
Kentucky Secretary of State
Succeeded by
Trey Grayson