Byron Brown

Byron Brown DEMDemocrat

American politician (born 1958)

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Byron BrownDEMDemocrat American politician (born 1958)
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Byron William Brown II (born September 24, 1958) is an American politician who is the current mayor of Buffalo, New York. He has served as Buffalo's 62nd mayor since January 2006, the city's first African-American mayor and longest-serving mayor. He previously served Western New York as a member of the New York State Senate and Buffalo Common Council. He is the first African-American politician elected to the New York State Senate to represent a district outside New York City and the first member of any minority race to represent a majority-white New York State Senate district. Brown was born and raised in Queens, New York. He rose to office after serving in a variety of political roles. He began his political career as an aide to local representatives in several legislative bodies (Buffalo Common Council, Erie County Legislature, and New York State Assembly) and later became involved in a regional political organization. After several roles as a legislative aide, he was appointed to the Erie County cabinet-level Director of Equal Employment Opportunity post.

Education4 - 4 of 2
Buffalo State College
BA Political Science and Journalism
Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government
Certificate State and Local Government
Past Positions1 - 8 of 8
Senator
New York State Senate
2000 - 2006
Mayor
City of Buffalo, New York
2005
Delegate
Democratic National Convention, 1992, 2000
2004
Western New York Coordinator
John Kerry for President
2004
Councilmember
Buffalo Common Council, Masten District
1994 - 2000
Assistant Minority Leader
New York State Senate
Chief of Staff
Buffalo City Council President
Director
Erie County Division of Equal Employment Opportunity
Other Experience1 - 7 of 7
Chairman
Young Men's Christian Association Humboldt Branch Radiothon
2004
Board of Directors
Boy Scouts of America
2001 - Current
President
Grassroots Incorporated
1996 - 2000
Board of Directors
Western New York Public Broadcasting
1998 - Current
President
Buffalo State College Alumni Association
1995 - 1998
Member
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated
1980 - Current
Experience
Erie County Democratic Committee