Chat with a Lawyer: Lt. Governor Anthony Brown
Lt. Governor Anthony Brown
Raised in a home where his father was the first in the family to ever attend college, Anthony was taught early on to use his talents and education to serve others. Through his military service and public service, Anthony has devoted his life to serving his community and defending our nation.
A retired Colonel in the United States Army Reserve, Anthony’s distinguished military record spanned more than a quarter century as an aviator and JAG officer, during which time he graduated first in his flight class and received both Airborne and Air Assault qualifications. In 2004, he was deployed to Iraq, where he earned a Bronze Star and became one of the nation’s highest-ranking elected officials to serve a tour of duty in that conflict.
In 1998, Anthony was first elected to the Maryland House of Delegates to represent Prince George’s County. Recognized by his colleagues for his leadership, Anthony rose quickly, serving as Vice Chair of the powerful House Judiciary Committee and, later, as Majority Whip.
Anthony made an even larger impact on Maryland during his eight years as Lt. Governor. He fought to increase investments in our state’s schools so that every child could receive a world-class education and he spearheaded efforts to plan for and coordinate the arrival of 60,000 BRAC-related jobs to Maryland, including at Joint Base Andrews and Fort Meade.
In addition to his efforts to improve Maryland’s schools and strengthen our economy, Anthony has championed a number of issues:
- Protected victims of domestic violence by providing them with better access to services and protections under the law.
- Encouraged and recruited families to become foster or adoptive parents.
- Expanded employment and health services and to Veterans.
- Increased state aid to public school construction resulting in the construction of Nantucket Elementary School in Crofton and Wise High School in Upper Marlboro.
- Increased state aid to Anne Arundel Community College and Prince George’s Community College by more than thirty percent.
- Initiated the effort to bring a new Regional Medical Center to Prince George’s County.
- Created the Health Enterprise Zone program to reduce health disparities with pilot programs in Annapolis and Capitol Heights.
- Led the effort to strengthen the Public Private Partnership program for infrastructure investments that will make both the Purple Line and bringing the FBI to Maryland possible.
Anthony is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School. He moved to Maryland after law school to complete a law clerkship with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces. Anthony and his wife Karmen are members of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Largo. They reside in Prince George’s County where they are raising their three children, Rebecca, Jonathan, and Anthony.