Monday, April 26, 2010

House Democratic Leader Pro Tem Jack Brown, retiring after 36 years, lauded at Capitol

The Arizona Republic

Ginger Rough

Arizona lawmakers took time away from their frantic end-of-session activity this past week to fete one of their own: Rep. Jack Brown, D-St. Johns.

Brown, the Legislature's longest-serving member and current Democratic leader pro tem, is retiring this year after spending 36 years in office.

House members honored Brown with a video tribute, before proclaiming April 20, Jack Brown Western Day.

Brown, a longtime rancher and farmer, is the last cowboy at the Statehouse, having first taken office in 1963 during the Kennedy administration. He served until 1974 and then returned to the Arizona Capitol in 1987.

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