As your Senator, I have represented Massachusetts as an independent voter and thinker. I approach each issue that comes before me with an open mind and willingness to compromise. I believe there are people on both sides of the aisle with good ideas, and I’ll work with anyone of goodwill to move our country forward. I’ll always put patriotism over partisanship, because we’re Americans first. My voting record is the most bipartisan of the Massachusetts congressional delegation, and I have crossed the aisle more than almost any other member of the Senate.
- Former Boston Mayor Raymond Flynn
- Former Springfield Mayor Charles Ryan
- Former Mayor Konnie Lukes of Worcester
- State Rep. Chris Fallon of Malden
- Former Democratic Mayor of Lowell Rita Mercier
- Former State Rep. Paul Casey of Winchester
- City Councilor Rick Caraviello of Medford
- Former Springfield City Councilor Tim Ryan
- Former State Senator Robert Antonioni of Leominster
- Former State Rep. Marie Parente of Milford
- Former State Senator Robert Durand of Marlboro
- Former State Rep. Tony Verga of Gloucester
- Former State Rep. Bob Ambler of Weymouth
- Former State Rep. Arthur Broadhurst of Methuen
- Former State Rep. Larry Giordano of Methuen
- Former State Rep. Geoff Hall of Westford
- Former DA Paul Walsh of Bristol County
- Former State Rep Phil Travis of Rehoboth
- State Representative Dave Nangle of Lowell
- Democratic Waltham City Councilor Joseph M. Giordano Jr.
SECOND MOST BIPARTISAN SENATOR IN 2011: According to a Congressional Quarterly study, Senator Brown was the second most bipartisan senator in 2011, voting with his party only 54% of the time and in favor of President Obama’s position 70% of the time. Brown voted across party lines far more frequently than any other member of the Massachusetts delegation, and approaches each issue with an open mind and independent spirit. In fact, the only two pieces of President Obama’s 2011 jobs bill to become law were both initiatives introduced earlier by Senator Brown.
INTRODUCING AN ETHICS BILL TO PREVENT INSIDER TRADING IN CONGRESS: Brown introduced the first piece of legislation to ban insider trading by members and employees of Congress. On December 1, 2011, the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs held a hearing on Congressional insider trading at Brown’s request. Brown thereafter worked across the aisle to draft a bipartisan bill. President Obama signed Brown’s legislation into law on April 4, 2012. Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge (STOCK) Act (S. 2038).
JUDGING EVERY NOMINEE ON MERIT: Senator Brown has approached judicial nominees coming before the Senate with an open mind, and voted to confirm nearly 90% of President Obama’s nominations. Senator Brown believes that the president – regardless of what political party they belong to – has the right to nominate judges of his or her choosing, so long as they are qualified. Brown has opposed efforts from members of his own party to block Obama nominees, and has also voted for a measure that would reduce gridlock in the judicial confirmation process. Called the Presidential Appointment Efficiency and Streamlining Act, this bill would ensure that qualified government officials are not held up in Congressional red tape.
MAKING CONGRESS MORE ACCOUNTABLE: To increase Congress’ accountability, Brown co-sponsored a bill that would end Congressional pensions when a member of Congress is convicted of a felony while serving in office. Called the Congressional Integrity and Pension Forfeiture Act, this legislation would close a loophole that allowed former members of Congress to keep their pensions after committing public corruption crimes in another elected office.