Bud Brown (politician)

Clarence John "Bud" Brown Jr. (born June 18, 1927) is an American publisher and politician, a former Republican United States Representative from the 7th District of Ohio, serving from 1965 to 1983. Appointed by President Ronald Reagan, he also served as the United States Deputy Secretary of Commerce and Acting Secretary of Commerce, in total from 1983 to 1988.

Clarence John "Bud" Brown
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 7th district
In office
November 2, 1965  January 3, 1983
Preceded byClarence J. Brown
Succeeded byMike DeWine
Acting United States Secretary of Commerce
In office
July 25, 1987  October 19, 1987
PresidentRonald Reagan
Preceded byMalcolm Baldrige Jr.
Succeeded byWilliam Verity Jr.
Personal details
Clarence John Brown Jr

(1927-06-18) June 18, 1927
Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Joyce Helen Eldridge[1]
Children4, including Clancy Brown
Alma materDuke University
Harvard Business School
Military service
AllegianceUnited States
Branch/serviceUnited States Navy
Battles/warsWorld War II
Korean War

Early life and education

Brown was born in Columbus, Ohio, the son of United States Representative Clarence J. Brown. He attended Western High School in Washington, D.C. and graduated from Duke University in 1947 and Harvard Business School, with an M.A., in 1949.


Brown served in the United States Navy from 1944 to 1946 (V-12 Navy College Training Program) and again from 1950 to 1953 in the Korean War. Before entering the service, Brown had started working in the newspaper business for his father's family-owned Brown Publishing Company, from youth to 1953, and from 1957 to 2010. In the late 1950s and early 1960s, Brown and his family lived in Urbana, Ohio,[2] 90 miles north of Cincinnati, where the headquarters of the publishing company was based.

Brown served as president from 1965–1976, and later as chairman of the board. The company had interests in a wide network of newspapers across the country but, due to the rapidly changing business as a result of technology, it ceased operations in 2010 after 90 years.[3]

Political career

Brown was first elected to the Eighty-ninth Congress, by special election, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of his father Clarence Brown in 1965, and reelected to the eight succeeding Congresses (November 2, 1965 to January 3, 1983). He was not a candidate for reelection to the Ninety-eighth Congress in 1982, as he ran for Governor of Ohio that year, losing to Richard Celeste.

He became involved in Republican Party politics, serving as a delegate to the Republican National Conventions in 1968, 1972, 1976, and 1984. Ronald Reagan appointed Brown as Deputy Secretary of Commerce and Acting Secretary of Commerce; he served from 1983 to 1988. He was a member of the board of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation from 1988 to 1989, and he was president and chief executive officer of the United States Capitol Historical Society from 1992 to 1999.

Personal life

Brown is married to Joyce Helen (née Eldridge) Brown, a conductor, composer and classical pianist. They had four children: Beth (c. 1957-1964);[4] Clancy, an actor, Cathy, and Roy, who followed his father into newspaper publishing and politics.



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