Corrine Brown

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U.S. Representative

Corrine Brown (D)


Leadership: No leadership position
Committees: House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, House Committee on Veterans' Affairs
(subcommittees and past assignments)
Next election: Nov. 6, 2012

Primary challenge: N/a

Incumbent running: Yes, for a different seat

2012 candidates for FL-05

Confirmed: Corrine Brown, LeAnne Kolb
Possible: None so far
Out: None so far
(more info & editing for FL-05)
On the Web
Official website

Corrine Brown, a Democrat, has represented the 3rd District of Florida in the U. S. House of Representatives since 1993.


Record and controversies

Congressional scorecards

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Organization 2007 Scorecard
Score - Agree ratio
2008 Scorecard
Score - Agree ratio
American Civil Liberties Union not avail. not avail.
American Conservative Union 0 - 0/25 not avail.
AFSCME not avail. not avail.
Americans for Democratic Action 90 - 18/20 95 - 19/20
Club for Growth not avail. not avail.
Drum Major Institute not avail. not avail.
Family Research Council not avail. not avail.
Information Technology Industry Council not avail. not avail.
League of Conservation Voters not avail. not avail.
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People not avail. not avail.
U.S. Chamber of Commerce 60 - 12/20 not avail.

Iraq War

Brown voted against the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 that started the Iraq War.[1]

For more information see the chart of U.S. House of Representatives votes on the Iraq War.

Environmental record

For more information on environmental legislation, see the Energy and Environment Policy Portal

Support for gun control

Brown cosponsored H.R. 1312 (Assault Weapons Ban and Law Enforcement Protection Act of 2005) on July 28, 2005.[2]

Main article: U.S. gun legislation

FEC Investigations

A few weeks after becoming a member of the US House in 1993, the Federal Election Commission began investigating Brown because her former campaign treasurer claimed Brown had neglected to take action against an aide who had commited forgery, and Brown admitted to the FEC that her federal campaign reports contained several errors.

In 1996, another investigation responded to charges that Brown had improperly received and spent a $10,000 check from an account used by National Baptist Convention leader Henry J. Lyons for illegal activities. Brown admitted to receiving the check but denied she used the money improperly.

Ethics Complaints

On June 9, 1998, the Congressional Accountability Project filed an ethics complaint against Rep. Brown. The Project called for U.S. House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct to investigate several violations of House Rule 10 [1]. One of the complaints was that Foutanga Dit Babani Sissoko, a West African businessman, purchased a $50,000 Lexus for Brown's daughter after Brown lobbied Janet Reno to release him from prison through the use of the Immigration and Nationality Act. The Project held this violated the House gift rule, but Brown denied she had acted improperly. The congressional subcommittee investigating Brown found insufficient evidence to issue a Statement of Alleged Violation, but did believe she had acted with poor judgement in connection with Sissoko.[2]

Somewhat less controversially, Brown hired jazz and gospel singer Roslyn Burrough as a "congressional outreach specialist". Burrough was paid $40,000 at taxpayer expense for two 12-week engagements [3].

Comments on Racism

On February 25, 2004 Representative Brown referred to the Bush Administration as a "racist" "bunch of white men" in a meeting with senior State Department officials and members of Congress. Assistant Secretary of State Roger Noriega, a Mexican American, deeply resented "being called a racist and branded a white man." Brown retorted to Noriega and Cuban-American Representative Lincoln Diaz-Balart that "you all look alike to me". Brown apologized for her personal statements, but still contends that George W. Bush's involvement in the 2004 Haiti Rebellion was racist.


On the first day of early voting for the 2004 General Election, Brown, with several supporters, stood on the steps of the entrance of the Duval County Supervisor of Elections headquarters, an early voting site, and began passing out a "pseudo-ballot," directing people to vote for only Democratic candidates and Florida amendments that should pass. It was not until Noon that Brown and her supporters moved to the mandatory fifty feet away from the entrance. Brown claimed her intention had been to increase awareness of early voting, and that she had not knowingly violated the fifty feet rule. "First Coast News" Report


Born November 11, 1946 in Jacksonville, Florida, Brown was educated at Florida A&M University where she received a bachelor's and master's degrees, and the University of Florida, where she was awarded an Education Specialist Degree. She received an Honorary Doctor of Law Degree from Edward Waters College in Jacksonville, and has been on the faculty at the latter two schools and at Florida Community College at Jacksonville. She served in the Florida House of Representatives for 10 years before entering government at the national level.

Brown has cosponsored legislation regarding civil rights and foreign relations. She has also participated with Michael Moore's "Slacker" college voter drive tour.

2006 elections

No major candidates announced their intentions to contest Brown’s seat in the November 2006 election. (See U.S. congressional elections in 2006) [4]

2008 elections

This information was gathered by volunteer researchers as part of the Superdelegate Transparency Project on the superdelegates for the 2008 Democratic presidential primary. For more info see the Florida superdelegate tracker or visit the STP homepage.

Before Hillary Clinton conceded the race, Corrine Brown, as a superdelegate, had endorsed her for President.

Money in politics

This section contains links to – and feeds from – money in politics databases. For specific controversies, see this article's record and controversies section.

Top Contributors to during the 2008 Election Cycle
DonorAmount (US Dollars)
Vulcan Materials$ 18,200
CSX Corp$ 12,500
Transport Workers Union$ 12,500
International Longshoremens Assn$ 10,000
United Transportation Union$ 10,000
Cruise Lines International Assn$ 7,500
Operating Engineers Union$ 7,500
Service Employees International Union$ 7,500
American Fedn of St/Cnty/Munic Employees$ 6,000
AT&T Inc$ 6,000
Source: The Center for Responsive Politics' site.
Note: Contributions are not from the organizations themselves, but are rather from
the organization's PAC, employees or owners. Totals include subsidiaries and affiliates.
Links to more campaign contribution information for Corrine Brown
from the Center for Responsive Politics' site.
Fundraising profile: 2008 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by organization/corporation: 2008 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by industry: 2008 election cycle Career totals

Committees and Affiliations


Committees in the 110th Congress (2007-2008)

Committee assignments in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)

Coalitions and Caucuses

More Background Data

Wikipedia also has an article on Corrine Brown. This article may use content from the Wikipedia article under the terms of the GFDL.


DC office
  • 2336 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, DC 20515
    Ph: 202-225-0123 Fax: 202-225-2256
    Webform email
District offices
  • 101 East Union Street, Suite 202 Jacksonville, FL 32202
    Ph: 904-354-1652 Fax: (none entered)
  • 219 Lime Avenue Orlando, FL 32802
    Ph: 407-872-0656 Fax: (none entered)
  • Gainesville, FL
    Ph: 352-376-6476 Fax: (none entered)
On the Web
Campaign office

Articles and resources


  1. Roll call vote, Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002.
  2. Thomas page on H.R. 1312


Local blogs and discussion sites

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