Michael D. Brown
Radio talk show host
Michael D. Brown
Michael DeWayne Brown was the first Undersecretary of Emergency Preparedness and Response (EP&R), a division of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). This position is generally referred to as the director or administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). He was appointed in January 2003 by President George W. Bush and resigned in disgrace following Hurricane Katrina in September 2005. Brown first had been appointed as General Counsel at FEMA.
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How To Give A (Gay) Graduation Speech About AIDS, Free Speech & Feminism
Huffington Post - about 1 month
UC Berkeley Graduates © UC Berkeley Used with Permission Last month, on December 18th at 10:30 a.m., I stood on the podium at Haas Pavilion, looked at thousands of people and gave UC Berkeley's Winter Commencement Speech. I wasn't a alt-right "Dangerous Faggot," like college drop-out Milo Yiannopoulos but a nice, left leaning, bookish one and I felt terrified. Other queer people had given commencement speeches (Ellen DeGeneres and John Waters and Oregon Governor Kate Brown). However, none of them were graduating students or had spoken about being personally subjected to gay-to-straight therapy or the AIDS epidemic. After I'd finished and stepped away from the podium, I knew why politicians, authors and activists were eager to do what everyone else in the world feared. For me, giving the commencement speech was more than an amplified selfie. It was alchemy. My personal his-story merged into a general our-story and this melding of the personal with the political became an exper ...
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Obama’s DOJ Got Aggressive On Civil Rights And Police Abuse. Now Trump Could Roll It All Back.
Huffington Post - about 1 month
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Painting-Gate: GOP Congressman Removes Controversial Capitol Art In Act Of Censorship
Huffington Post - about 1 month
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Hillary Clinton Is Seen In The Woods So Often, Twitter Thinks She Lives There
Huffington Post - 3 months
Twitter is Hillary-ious. Due to the multiple times Hillary Clinton has been seen hiking through the woods since the election, like in this picture … Hillary Clinton spotted again in the woods walking trails —via @pantsuitnation pic.twitter.com/LZ24IQwVE2 — Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) November 26, 2016 ... and in these photos … If you walk into the woods and say her name three times, Hillary Clinton will appear for a selfie and some encouraging words. pic.twitter.com/ffgFO04LkF — michael brown (@boyinquestion) November 29, 2016 … people on Twitter are joking that the former Democratic presidential nominee is clearly living in the forest like some majestic woodland creature: *runs into the woods in search of Hillary Clinton* — Gabe Ortíz (@TUSK81) November 29, 2016 Hillary Clinton Spotted in Woods a Third time, stole hiker's cellphone screaming 'not again this story is not going to happen again' — Spencer (@Thesix ...
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Vote Like Your Life Depends On It!
Huffington Post - 3 months
Alfred Olango. Terence Crutcher. Tyre King. Sandra Bland. Tamir Rice. Korryn Gaines. Philando Castile. The list is painful, and many of us are wondering if we will be next. The headlines of police killing Black Americans and Latinos appear to be unending. Immigrant families are being torn apart by a prison industry that profits from detaining Black and Brown bodies. Flint residents still don't have clean water or answers. Workers are fired for demanding better pay, and sacred native land is threatened by gas companies. Our lives and our families matter. This election, we can't stay home, nor can we vote solely for the top of the ticket. We must go to the polls, vote all the way down ballot, including local races. We must vote like our lives depend on it. While all eyes are trained on the high-stakes presidential election, we should be careful not to overlook the crucial races that could make the difference between whether our families stay together; between surviving and thrivi ...
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Dakota Access Pipeline Builder Ignored Obama Admin Request to Halt Construction
Huffington Post - 4 months
Image Credit: Vimeo Screenshot | Dr0ne2bewild Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlog The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has confirmed to DeSmog that Energy Transfer Partners, the owner of the proposed Dakota Access pipeline, has ignored the Obama administration's September 9 request to voluntarily halt construction in a disputed area, 20 miles east and west of Lake Oahe and the Missouri River.  The confirmation came in the aftermath of a video published by drone pilot Shiyé Bidziil on the news website Indian Country Today titled, "Drone Footage of Dakota Access Pipeline Approaching Missouri River." Published November 2, this video offers an airborne view of pipeline construction — coupled with heavily guarded concrete fortresses around key construction locales — in close proximity to the Missouri River.  Drone Footage of Dakota Access Pipeline Approaching Missouri River from Paulette Moore on Vimeo. "The Army will not authorize constructing the Dakota Access pipe ...
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WHY IT MATTERS: Race and Policing
Yahoo News - 4 months
WASHINGTON (AP) — THE ISSUE : Policing in the United States' minority communities has been a flashpoint since the deaths of Michael Brown in Missouri, Tamir Rice in Ohio, Sandra Bland in Texas and others. The increasing number of graphic photos and videos depicting the deaths of black men, women and children at the hands of police officers has sparked unrest around the nation. The perception that law enforcement officers are rarely, if ever, punished for what some consider unethical behavior, brutality and even criminal acts against black Americans has led to the rise of new social and civil rights movements like Black Lives Matter.
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The Feds Are Going To Collect Better Data On Police Killings, But We Probably Won't See It
Huffington Post - 4 months
WASHINGTON ― Justice Department officials outlined plans this week to expand nationwide data collection on fatal police interactions and use-of-force incidents. But due to limitations on what the government is allowed to publish, there are big questions about just how useful the data will be to the general public. The proposed initiatives include a National Use of Force Data Collection program, under which law enforcement agencies would voluntarily submit information on civilians and officers involved in use-of-force incidents ― as well as other relevant details surrounding these encounters. A pilot program led by the FBI is set to begin in early 2017. The Justice Department also announced it had completed an initial step in its effort to compile more robust death-in-custody data from federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. In August, the Bureau of Justice Statistics, a branch of the Justice Department, published a notice in the Federal Register detailing reportin ...
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Questions Plague DOJ Over Inaction In Orange County's Jail Informant Scandal
Huffington Post - 4 months
LOS ANGELES ― For the past three years, the Orange County District Attorney’s Office and the Orange County Sheriff’s Department have been embroiled in a sprawling jailhouse informant scandal ― one that may have involved the violation of multiple defendants’ civil rights, and that threatens to upend a number of already settled cases. The U.S. Department of Justice, though, is still weighing whether to take federal action. “The Justice Department is aware of the allegations involving the Orange County District Attorney’s Office and Sheriff’s Department, and we are assessing them to determine whether federal action is warranted,” a DOJ spokesman told The Huffington Post. The department declined to comment on multiple questions regarding the county’s jailhouse informant program, which is alleged to have violated defendants’ rights for decades. It also declined to comment on questions related to what is understood to be an ongoing investigation into the county’s jail system st ...
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Ferguson Looms Over Missouri Politics In The Year Of Trump
Huffington Post - 4 months
ST. LOUIS, Mo. ― Nearly two years ago, a grand jury declined to indict a police officer who shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown, sparking widespread unrest. But the scars of the tragedy can be seen far beyond West Florissant Ave., the center of most of the damage sustained on the cold night of Nov. 24, 2014. The events in Ferguson, which drew enormous focus to issues of race and policing in the United States, remain a major factor for politicians running for statewide office in Missouri in 2016. The state, which hasn’t voted for a Democratic presidential nominee since 1996, is likely to go for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, who has proclaimed himself the “law and order” candidate. So Democrats hoping to be elected to statewide office have to find Trump voters willing to split the ticket. (Most Republicans running statewide have condemned Donald Trump’s comments advocating sexual assault, but have stopped short of withdrawing their support.) In a country where ...
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Ava DuVernay's '13th' Explores The Evolution Of The U.S. Prison System
Huffington Post - 4 months
If there’s one thing that Ava DuVernay is more passionate about than the present-day reality of black life in America, it’s her push to help people understand the past so America’s sordid history in mistreating black Americans isn’t repeated. The director makes this clear in her stunning new documentary “13th.” The film, which debuts on Netflix Friday, explores how the 13th amendment in the U.S. constitution which abolished slavery also came with a loophole that was exploited and eventually led to the current mass incarceration of black people in America.  “The 13th Amendment has a clause that is a criminality clause,” DuVernay explained in an interview with The Huffington Post. “It says that everyone is free in this country. No one can be held as a slave... ‘except as for punishment for a crime.’”  DuVernay said she felt the 13th Amendment was worth examining because “most people don’t know about that loop-hole,” she said. “We have no context for the current moment if we do ...
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Before The Storm
Huffington Post - 5 months
Why must this one bear a Biblical name? I have known many big storms. I have purposely placed myself in their paths for the stories that might follow. I have waded in wreckage of storms already passed. But this one's personal. Matthew, building to Category Four at this writing, apparently will be raking the eastern coast of Florida with a ferocity like few others. And instead of steering out to sea and riding that warm Gulf Stream north as eastern seaboard hurricanes often do, this one is projected to brush the northeastern Florida barrier island my family calls home. We've been in the path of these nuisances once before. Years ago, a low-grade storm washed over Tallahassee, the forested town where we lived, while we were away from home. We returned to find several Southern pines, their shallow roots easy picking for a big blow, laying in a circle around our unscathed home. Stationed in Tallahassee, as longtime chief of The Miami Herald's state capital bureau, ...
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Awareness: The First Step in Our Journey Toward Peace
Huffington Post - 5 months
Awareness is the first step in becoming conscious of our role in every upset. It is the beginning of witnessing our own perspectives and behaviors... the practice of 'mindfulness'. We have all been there, living in a place of fear and self-doubt or anger and frustration; being tossed about by the constant drama and chaos swarming around us. We react when we are upset about people and circumstances that we judge as bad or wrong. We exist in an unconscious state, unaware of our part in the pain and discomfort we are experiencing Our peace emerges through the process of personal transformation The exciting news is that once we begin to be aware of our part in every drama, in the chaos present in our lives, we then realize that we have a choice to participate, to react, to judge. This new 'awareness of choice' is incredibly liberating. We may not know how to act on it, but the fact that it is a choice and that we have been making it unconsciously and that we can begin to con ...
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Activists Project Black Bodies On The Facades Of 'Racist' Institutions
Huffington Post - 5 months
On the evening of Sept. 1, something unusual took place in the Jamaica Plain section of Boston, Massachusetts. Huge projections appeared on the sides of the abandoned homes in the area, homes which had once housed a longtime community of African-American tenants but now stood empty, the property of real estate company City Realty.  Large and looming, the projections were somber video portraits of some of the hundreds of tenants who were displaced from the community this year in order to make room for 70 luxury apartments that City Realty has in the works for development. Their images sent a simple, but strong message: “Gentrifiers and developers, we are watching.” “We Are Watching” is the name of this ongoing project which, over the last month, has continued in locations all over the city of Boston. Multi-story projections of black people from the community have appeared on the faces of buildings including the Boston Police Department, the Massachuse ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Michael D. Brown
    FIFTIES
  • 2012
    Age 57
    In mid-2012 Brown teamed up with Denver liberal KKZN host David Sirota for KHOW's Sirota-Brown show for KHOW's afternoon drive slot, but now hosts his own show, again called the Michael Brown Show.
    More Details Hide Details Politically, on the program, Brown describes himself as "very clearly center-right, conservative, with a strong libertarian bent." Brown co-authored a book, Deadly Indifference: The Perfect (Political) Storm: Hurricane Katrina, The Bush White House, and Beyond, about his experiences during Hurricane Katrina. The book was released June 16, 2011 and is published by Taylor Trade Publishing. Brown criticizes the performance of numerous people, including Bush, Trent Lott, Dennis Hastert, Ray Nagin, and Jesse Jackson, and critiques his own performance by stating that he failed to be ready for the press and was too timid in his response. In 2004, FEMA disbursed $30 million in disaster relief funds for Hurricane Frances to residents of Miami, Florida, where damage from Hurricane Frances was minimal. Brown admitted to $12 million in overpayments, but denied any serious mistakes, blaming a computer glitch. After investigating, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel wrote that Brown was responsible and called for him to be fired.
  • 2010
    Age 55
    Michael Brown speaking about the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in May 2010 declared:
    More Details Hide Details "This is exactly what they want, because now he can pander to the environmentalists and say, 'I'm gonna shut it down because it's too dangerous,'"... "This president has never supported big oil, he's never supported offshore drilling, and now he has an excuse to shut it back down." Michael Brown criticized President Obama for responding to Hurricane Sandy faster than he responded to the attacks at Benghazi. He also stated that he thought that President Obama was overplaying the likely threat from Sandy, and that the storm had hardly formed. He also noted “The storm was still forming, people were debating whether it was going to be as bad as expected, or not, and I noted that the president should have let the governors and mayors deal with the storm until it got closer to hitting the coastal areas along the Washington, D.C.-New York City corridor.”
    Brown filled in at various times on Denver radio station KOA after leaving government service. In February 2010 he was named the host of the Michael Brown Show from 7-10 pm weeknights on KOA, when not preempted by sports.
    More Details Hide Details Brown has embraced the criticism received during his handling of FEMA and has indicated that this gives him insight into when government fails.
  • 2009
    Age 54
    On August 28, 2009, it was announced via press release emails "Former FEMA Director Michael Brown Joins Cold Creek Solutions, Offers Consulting Practice for Disaster Recovery" and also subsequently reported that Brown had joined Cold Creek Solutions as VP, Disaster Recovery Practice.
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    In July 2009, Michael Brown became the CEO of the Next of Kin Registry, an NGO in Washington DC.
    More Details Hide Details NOKR is a central depository for Emergency Contact information in the United States plus 87 other countries.The NGO is all volunteer driven.
  • 2007
    Age 52
    In December 2007, Brown was named CEO of InferX and then appointed to the board of directors in April 2008.
    More Details Hide Details As of May 9, 2008 Brown and others left the company pending sale of InferX to another investor.
    On August 28, 2007, Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards proposed what he called "Brownie's Law" requiring that "qualified people, not political hacks", lead key federal agencies.
    More Details Hide Details Michael Brown's email messages were requested by a congressional house committee in November 2005 to investigate the federal government's handling of the Katrina disaster. Controversy arose when the approximately 1,000 e-mail messages between Brown, staff and acquaintances were released. Several of Michael Brown's emails display an arguable lack of professionalism in his duties (per Charlie Melancon, the representative from this congressional district at the time): On the day Katrina struck, Brown wrote "Can I quit now? Can I go home?" He later quipped to a friend on September 2 that he could not meet her because he was "trapped FEMA head... please rescue me."; and at another time "If you'll look at my lovely FEMA attire, you'll really vomit. I am a fashion god." In another e-mail, Brown's press secretary, Sharon Worthy, advised him to roll up his sleeves "to look more hard-working... Even the president rolled his sleeves to just below the elbow." An e-mail offering critical medical equipment went unanswered for four days.
    Brown worked for Cotton Companies, a private firm specializing in recovery. Throughout 2007 and early 2008 Brown made appearances to the press on behalf of Cotton companies.
    More Details Hide Details In these appearances, he referred to the lessons that he had learned from his experiences as the head of FEMA during Hurricane Katrina.
  • 2006
    Age 51
    On March 1, 2006, AP released a recording of Brown and Bush in a video conference in which the vulnerability of the levee system was raised with a great deal of concern over potential loss of life.
    More Details Hide Details Bush denied any awareness of the possibility of a levee-related catastrophe in a live interview. Brown began as an adviser to a publicly traded company, InferX which claims its technology is the answer to the U.S.A's security concerns, as well as the credibility problems of the DHS and FEMA. Brown has been on the media circuit talking about technology that claims to screen for terror suspects, track threats in shipping containers and cargo hauling, and gather data for law enforcement tracking.
    In his February 2006 testimony, Brown also contradicted earlier claims that the White House was unaware of levees having been breached, stating: "For them to claim that we didn't have awareness of it is just baloney."
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    On February 10, 2006, Brown again testified before Congress, this time placing blame on the Department of Homeland Security for the poor handling of the disaster, asserting that the anti-terrorism focus of the department had caused it to deny resources needed to properly operate FEMA.
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    On January 18, 2006, Brown stated that certainly things could have been handled differently, such as calling in the military.
    More Details Hide Details As one of the largest natural disasters to ever strike the US, he stated, "It was beyond the capacity of the state and local governments, and it was beyond the capacity of FEMA."
  • 2005
    Age 50
    On September 2, 2005, Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley stated that he pledged firefighters, police officers, health department workers, and other resources on behalf of the city, but was only asked to send one tank truck.
    More Details Hide Details Gail Collins, at the time editor of The New York Times editorial page, called Michael Brown "legendary as a disaster in his own right", and on Thanksgiving week in 2005, Brown was No. 1 on CNN's "Political Turkey of the Year" list for his handling of Katrina.
    On November 2, 2005, Brown ended his contract early (it had been extended to mid-November by Chertoff) and left the federal government.
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    At the Mobile (Alabama) Regional Airport on September 2, 2005, President Bush, who had appointed Brown in 2003, praised him shortly after the storm hit, saying infamously "Brownie, you're doing a heck of a job," but later deflected questions about the resignation, except to deny having discussed the resignation with him.
    More Details Hide Details At least one reliable source, The Economist, recognized the likelihood that Brown was "pushed" out by the administration rather than having resigned voluntarily, although internal e-mails from Brown indicated that he was already planning to leave FEMA at the time Katrina hit. The same suggestion was made by at least one member of Congress during a hearing on what went wrong during Katrina. Brown concentrated his testimony at that hearing on alleging that Louisiana governor Kathleen Blanco and New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin bore most, if not all, of the blame for the failures in the response to Katrina, and that his only fault had been not to realize sooner their inability to perform their respective duties. After his September 12 resignation, Brown continued working for FEMA as a contractor to help the agency assess what went wrong in the response to the hurricane.
    Brown continued to receive his $148,000 annual salary until November 2, 2005, when he left in the middle of the second 30-day extension.
    More Details Hide Details On September 12, 2005, in the wake of what was widely believed to be incompetent handling of the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina by state, local and federal officials, Brown resigned, saying that it was "in the best interest of the agency and best interest of the president." Overall, at least 1,245 people had died in the hurricane and subsequent floods. His standing had also been damaged when the Boston Herald revealed his meager experience in disaster management before joining FEMA. Shortly after his resignation the Associated Press obtained a videotape of Brown briefing Bush, Governor Blanco, Mayor Nagin and others in which he questioned the wisdom of the Mayor's use of the Louisiana Superdome as a "shelter of last resort" and questions the structural integrity of the Superdome during the briefing. By the time he resigned from FEMA, Brown had already been discharged from his functions as coordinator of the federal efforts in New Orleans and Gulf Coast by Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff and was sent back to Washington to continue FEMA's central operations.
    On September 12, 2005, Brown announced his resignation as director of FEMA.
    More Details Hide Details He commented that the negative publicity surrounding him was distracting attention from the relief effort. Chertoff granted Brown two 30-day contract extensions in order not to "sacrifice the real ability to get a full picture of Mike's experiences."
    On September 9, 2005, Chertoff relieved Brown of all on-site relief duties along the Gulf Coast, officially replacing him with Vice Admiral Allen.
    More Details Hide Details Brown remained Under Secretary of Emergency Preparedness and Response. Brown told the Associated Press that "the press" was making him a scapegoat for the slow federal response to the hurricane.
    On September 7, 2005, Coast Guard Chief of Staff Vice Admiral Thad Allen was named Brown's deputy and given operational control of search and rescue and recovery efforts.
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    On August 31, 2005, following Hurricane Katrina being named an "Incident of National Significance", Brown was named the Principal Federal Official and placed in charge of the federal government's response by Homeland Security Director Michael Chertoff.
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  • FORTIES
  • 2003
    Age 48
    Brown was sworn into his position on April 15, 2003.
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    After Bush announced the creation of the Department of Homeland Security Allbaugh left government and Bush nominated Brown again in January 2003 for the directorship.
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    He was appointed in January 2003 by President George W. Bush and resigned following his controversial handling of Hurricane Katrina in September 2005.
    More Details Hide Details Brown first had been appointed as General Counsel at FEMA. After the 9/11 terrorist attacks President Bush nominated Brown to become Deputy Director of FEMA. Brown currently hosts a radio talk show on 630 KHOW in Denver, Colorado.
  • 2002
    Age 47
    In August 2002, Bush appointed him to the Transition Planning Office for the new Department of Homeland Security, serving as the transition leader for the EP&R Division.
    More Details Hide Details As undersecretary, Brown also directed the National Incident Management System (NIMS) Integration Center, the National Disaster Medical System and the Nuclear Incident Response Team.
  • 2001
    Age 46
    Allbaugh later named Brown his acting deputy director in September 2001.
    More Details Hide Details Bush formally nominated him as deputy director on March 22, 2002, and the Senate confirmed him many months later after the recovery efforts in New York had subsided. Brown oversaw the recovery efforts for New York and surrounding states with the White House Office of Domestic Policy's Reuben Jeffery III who later became chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.
    After Bush entered office in January 2001, Brown joined FEMA as General Counsel.
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  • 2000
    Age 45
    He was the first person hired by his long-time friend, FEMA director Joe Allbaugh, who also ran Bush's election campaign in 2000.
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    A March 2000 two-part report in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, chronicling one of the disciplinary actions, lauded Brown for pursuing an investigation against David Boggs, "the kingpin of the Arabian horse world", despite internal pressure to end the inquiry.
    More Details Hide Details The Brown-led investigation found Boggs performed medically unnecessary surgery on horses to enhance their visual appeal. An ethics board suspended Boggs for five years. Boggs protested through multiple lawsuits against both the organization and Brown, alleging slander and defamation. Brown and the IAHA prevailed in each of the lawsuits brought by Boggs but the lawsuits nonetheless took a financial toll. Some members interviewed felt Brown showed an imperious attitude, and nicknamed him "The Czar." Brown started his own legal defense fund before resigning, a move he said was necessary to protect his family's assets. However, some IAHA insiders claimed that this was what really led to his ousting. He raised money from breeders for the fund as well as IAHA, creating what some called a conflict of interest. Despite his contract stipulating that IAHA was to pay all his personal legal expenses, on top of his $100,000 annual salary, the Association refused initially to pay the legal bills. It was claimed that Brown created the legal defense fund on the advice of IAHA's own legal counsel.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1990
    Age 35
    However, Brown did not run in 1990, and English beat his Republican opponent, Robert Burns, 110,100 votes to 27,540.
    More Details Hide Details Brown and his wife Tamara have two children. After leaving federal service they moved to Boulder, Colorado, where they reside. Before joining the DHS/FEMA, Brown was the Judges and Stewards Commissioner for the International Arabian Horse Association, (IAHA), from 1989-2001. After numerous lawsuits were filed against the organization over disciplinary actions that Brown took against members violating the Association's code of ethics, Brown resigned and negotiated a buy-out of his contract.
    After losing, Brown promised to try again in 1990, saying, "I have an excellent chance of prevailing.
    More Details Hide Details It's a Democratic state, but a very Republican district."
  • 1988
    Age 33
    Brown ran for Congress in 1988 against Democratic incumbent Glenn English, who had not been challenged in the previous election.
    More Details Hide Details English's well-financed campaign soundly defeated Brown with 122,763 votes against 45,199.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1982
    Age 27
    He also taught at Oklahoma City University law school as an adjunct lecturer - although his FindLaw profile falsely misrepresented his occupation at that time as an "Outstanding Political Science Professor". From 1982–1988, he was the Chairman of the Board of the Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority.
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  • 1981
    Age 26
    In 1981, he was elected to the city council for Edmond, but resigned to work in private practice.
    More Details Hide Details Later in the 1980s Brown lived in Enid and practiced law there. During the Hurricane Katrina controversy, Stephen Jones, the senior partner and founder of the firm for which Brown worked, described him as "not serious and somewhat shallow" and stated that he had handled "transactional," rather than litigation work. Brown later went into solo practice.
  • 1980
    Age 25
    While attending law school, Brown was appointed by the Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee of the Oklahoma Legislature as the Finance Committee Staff Director, where he oversaw state fiscal issues from 1980–1982.
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  • 1975
    Age 20
    While he was in college, from 1975 to 1978, he handled "labor and budget matters" as an assistant to the city manager of Edmond, Oklahoma (1980 population of 34,637).
    More Details Hide Details His White House biography stated that he had emergency services oversight in this position. However, the head of public relations for the city was quoted as denying that Brown had oversight over anybody and that "the assistant is more like an intern." She said, "Mike used to handle a lot of details. Every now and again I'd ask him to write me a speech. He was very loyal. He was always on time. He always had on a suit and a starched white shirt." However, Claudia Deakins, the spokesperson for the City of Edmond, submitted information to the House Committee investigating Hurricane Katrina that Time Magazine, which described his resume as "padded," had taken her quotes out of context, and erroneously reported Brown's position at the City of Edmond. The former Mayor of Edmond, Carl Reherman, and the former City Attorney, Mary Ann Karns, each submitted affidavits to the House investigating committee showing that Brown did have emergency management experience.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1954
    Born
    Brown was born on November 8, 1954 in Guymon, Oklahoma, the son of Eloise (Ferguson) and Wayne Ellsworth Brown.
    More Details Hide Details He received a B.A. in public administration/political science from the Central State University (now the University of Central Oklahoma). He received his J.D. from Oklahoma City University School of Law in 1981.
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