Assistant Republican Leader Chris A. Brown
District: 2 – Atlantic
Born: August 3, 1964
Education: B.A. Rutgers University, J.D. Widener University School of Law
Legislative Service: General Assembly since 2012
Military Service: U.S. Army, Major
Commitee(s): Regulatory Oversight and Reform and Federal Relations; Tourism, Gaming and the Arts
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Chris Brown was elected to the General Assembly in 2011.
A lifelong resident of Atlantic County, Brown is a graduate of Holy Spirit High School and Rutgers University where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. After graduation, he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army, which was the beginning of a career of service that would span two decades. He was also a life guard for the Atlantic City Beach Patrol for 10 years.
Brown is currently a small business owner who operates his own law firm with five employees. A graduate of the Widener School of Law, he has served as a prosecutor and an assistant solicitor in Egg Harbor Township and a solicitor for the Atlantic City Council and the Atlantic City Board of Education. He previously served as the judge for the Municipal Court of Galloway Township.
Brown served honorably in the Persian Gulf War as a part of Operation Desert Storm. For his service he was awarded the Bronze Star and the Combat Infantryman Badge. A highly decorated combat veteran, he also received the following commendations: Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal, Saudi Arabian Liberation of Kuwait Medal, Kuwaiti Liberation of Kuwait Medal, New Jersey Distinguished Service Medal and the New Jersey Desert Storm Medal. Also, as Commander of the 154th S&S Battalion, he was recognized as the outstanding Company grade officer (Army) in the State of New Jersey by the New Jersey National Guard Association and was awarded the Major General James F. Cantwell Award for the year 1994-95.
In addition to his service to our country, Brown has also been involved in service to his local community. He is the founder and President of the Chief Arthur R. Brown, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Foundation, which has awarded over $200,000 in scholarships to local students since 1992. He was a member of the Atlantic City Chapter of the NAACP where he served as Chairman of the Legal Redress Committee. Additionally, Brown serves in the Marine Corps Law Enforcement Foundation, VFW Post 3361, Clark-Edison American Legion Post 352 and the Atlantic City Jaycees.
Brown married his high school sweetheart Christine in 1993. They are blessed with three children – Matthew, Daniel and Mallory.top